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Week 22 Match Summaries

Mens Ones

Mens Ones played at home against Southwick at 13:30pm. They secured a 3-2 win in a boost to fight against relegation. Crowborough opened the scoring from a well placed penalty corner drag flick from Chris Cowen and dominated the early stages of the game. Southwick equalised from a penalty corner of their own and then took the lead from a well placed shot from the top of the circle to finish the half ahead. In the second half, Crowborough created a bulk of the opportunities and a well struck shot from Dan Lang pulled the game level. Crowborough kept the momentum and took the lead after a goal from Oscar Wakelin. Southwick pressed hard but Crowborough held out to secure the much needed 3 points. Player of the match was Oscar Wakelin.

Womens Ones

Womens Ones played at home against Southwick at 12:00pm. They secured a comfortable 4-0 win. Crowborough capitalised in the first half, attacking swiftly. Pressure in the D brought on multiple short corners, which were converted to lead 3-0. The fourth came through a well built attack from defence. The second half was a more even match between the two sides, Southwick defence held the score to 4-0. Scorers included Nikki Churchward (1) and Amanda Catling (3). Player of the match went to Nikki Churchward!

Mens Twos

Mens Twos played away against Worthing at 13:00pm to win promotion into the league above! Worthing scored the first one before Vitz equalised after two mishits from Sam Chick and Hamish Marr. Worthing went and scored two more before halftime. After some haribos and an awful lot of motivational speaking the Twos dominated the second half with Hamish chipping a deflection over their keeper after a cracking ball from Sam Chick. Joe Joyce scored a banger from the edge of the D after some unbelievable skills from Alex Seath. The Crows camped in their half for the last 10 minutes and Ollie Hewitt scored a deflection from a short to cap an incredible second half performance. Hamish Marr described the game as "one of the best fight backs I’ve ever seen and fully deserve the promotion they won". The end score was 4-3 to Crowborough. Player of the match was Ollie Hewitt and DOD was Hamish Marr for apparently "for not being able to hit a barn door and putting a drag flick into a different postcode".

Womens Twos

Womens Twos played at home against Eastbourne at 15:00pm and won 7-0. This included a hat trick from player of the match Tilly Ryder-Richardson at wing back with two stunning strikes across the goal and a poachers goal to finish. Charlotte Richardson added her signature short corner strike as part of a superb performance and added another to get a well deserved brace. Forwards Sophie Holcombe and Zoey Wood got in on the act with a goal apiece. Superb assists and goal involvements came from the incredible forward Josie Mitchell and Sophia Dennett. The Crows had a wealth of opportunities created by the driving force of Hannah Walker and neat purposeful midfield interplay of Jennie Turner, Vicky Dennett and Charlotte Richardson. Eastbourne continued to drive forward and Meg Johnson and Claire North were in fine form at wing back with Ali Youlton and the adventurous Meg Bissett solid in the centre. On the rare occasion the Crows D was pierced Keren Loder was there to save and distribute with calm. Thanks massively to Sam for coaching and to Brett and Amanda for umpiring.

Mens Threes

Mens Threes played away against Brighton at 16:15pm. The late push back in Hove saw a lot of new faces turn out for the Threes. Brighton started strongly and dominated the first 20 minutes, and Crowborough did well to finish the half just one goal down. The second half started evenly with some entertaining hockey. Brighton extended their lead from a short corner but then Harry Mercer picked up the ball just passed the halfway line, beat the whole Brighton defence and produced a fine finish to score a wonderful individual goal. Unfortunately Crowborough had barely finished celebrating when Brighton produced a well worked goal of their own. The match finished 3-1 to Brighton, but Crowborough can be proud of a very spirited performance, especially from the youngsters who stepped up to make up a team at the last minute.

Womens Threes

Womens Threes were meant to play away against South Saxons at 12:00pm. The game became a friendly due to low player numbers. The side lost 3-1. They were also able to give debuts to two new players, welcoming Alice and Jess into the fold who both thoroughly enjoyed it.

Boys Development Squad

Boys Development played at home against Horsham at 10:30am. A really tough game against a top of the table team. Crowborough were competitive throughout and had chances to score at several points. The difference between the teams being the physicality of the opposition, Borough's lack of finishing in front of goal and the accuracy of passing around the pitch. A tough game but lessons learnt to develop in future games. The game ended in a 6-0 loss with player of the match going to Oscar Fulham and Harry Sermon.

Girls Development Squad

Girls Development played away against Mid Sussex. The team lost 4-1 against an experienced side but everyone who played should be extremely proud of their hockey.

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