A 5-1 win by the Women’s Ones saw the Crowborough side climb away from the lower regions of the league table and put some distance between themselves and the relegation spots. Captain Sam Williams was once again in goal scoring forming grabbing a brace. Forwards Grace Mercer and Tiger Innes added to the goal glut alongside wing back Nicky Churchward. The display suggested that this side will be much more comfortably placed as the season goes on, with superb performance in all positions including Zoey Wood in the front line making her first team debut.
Despite a great deal of hard work and effort, Southwick proved too strong on the day at Steyning taking a 6-0 victory against Crowborough Men’s Ones. The side stayed resolute and will soon be putting more points on the board.
A draw proved a fair result for the Men’s Twos in a high scoring 3-3 thriller against Worthing 4s. Worthing scored two before a fine solo goal from Will Sermon put the Crows back in the game. Crowborough then levelled from a penalty corner when a shot by Hamish Marr was deflected in. Worthing took the lead once more but the home side were not to be deterred and Harry Hamilton-Brown equalised for the Crows to share the spoils.
A much-changed Crowborough Women’s Twos side were very unlucky to come away with nothing from their encounter with second placed Eastbourne 3s at Saffrons, losing 3-2 after a disputed goal was chalked off. The Crows went behind but fought their way back into the game with a goal from Hannah Walker and then a Josie Mitchell- Sadie Ware combo. The home side made it three when a cross was adjudged to have been played on pitch with the ball not fully crossing the base line. Keeper Keren Loder and the central defensive duos of Rachel and Bethy Catling and Jennie Turner defended their ‘D’ stoically, keeping the visitors in the game.
Borough thought they had salvaged a point when an amazing short corner strike from Sophie Holcombe flew like lightening into the goal hitting the back board with force, but sadly the strike was ruled out. Despite incredible work by the trio of marauding wing backs Ali Youlton, Sophia Dennett and Meg Johnson and the hard-working midfield of Mitchell, Walker and Vicky Dennett, time ran out before they could once again equalise.
The Men’s Threes were back to winning ways, recording a 2-0 home win over visitors Brighton 9s. Goals came from James Lee and Alex Walton-Turner. One of the saves of the game came from defender Andy Dennett when he plucked an aerial shot from goal, although he fractured his thumb in the process and now faces a spell on the side-lines.
Also at home were the Women’s Threes who lost 3-0 to table topping South Saxons 2s. Player of the match was goalkeeper Jess Ikeson who pulled off some magnificent stops. Young development players Tabbi Cater and Emily Holman made promising debuts and the entire side performed excellently.
The comeback of the day was awarded to the Boys JDL side who came back from 4-1 down against South Saxons to make it 4-4 by the time the final whistle blew. Playing in the twilight hours at Horntye in Hastings, the young side started slowly but once they hit their stride they were hard to stop.
Goalkeeper Rufus Cater was making his debut and had a busy beginning as he and his resolute defence worked hard to keep the experienced side out. As the game wore on, the Crows found a way to stop the opposition pivot player and suddenly found more room with the Sermon duo of Jamie and Harry plus Eddie Dennett wide, creating opportunity after opportunity with well-chosen passes and powerful crosses from wide. Skilful forward Beau Boulton now had more to work from and brother Woody now playing in a more advanced position offered able support. Goal of the game went to Oscar Fulham for his incredible top corner shot. The never give up philosophy of coach Justin Singleton and his side ensured that they went home with a share of the points.
The Girls development side continued to progress, recording a close 2-1 defeat against the experienced Mid Sussex visitors. The Crows grew stronger as the game progressed and were unlucky to lose this fiercely competitive encounter.
Ladies Ones captain Sam Williams on scoring form
Come back kings: Boys Development
Darkness falls at Horntye for the boy’s development twilight fixture