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Week Fifteen Match Summaries

Men's Ones:

Men's ones secured a 2 -3 win away at Brighton to retain their place at the top of the league with a game in hand. Brighton started strongly pressing high in numbers to make life difficult for the visitors. Crowborough struck first though with a superb solo effort by Jake Simmons. Brighton equalised shortly after keeping momentum in their favour. Crowborough held fast, keeping the home team at bay and broke the deadlock late in the first half with Hamish Marr sweeping in a well directed Freddie Lee cross.

The second half started more evenly with both teams creating opportunities but Brighton score to level the game again with fifteen minutes to play. Crowborough reacted strongly and regained the lead with Dan Lang receiving the ball high up the pitch slipping it round a defender and keeper to slot the ball home and secure three points. Jake Simmons was Player of the Match.

Men's Twos:

Mens twos secured a dominant 10-0 win against St. Francis with goals from Joe Joyce, Phil Newington, Harry Hook, Matt Burns, Lyle French, Sam Chick (2) and Charlie Phelan (3).Player of the Match was Albie Ayden.

Men's Three's:

Mens Threes played away to South Saxons with a 3 pm pushback. Crowborough opened the scoring with an early goal but the oppositions fought back and despite some slick passing from Crowborough the score at halftime was 3-1.

The second half saw some skilful play between Sam Alker and Ollie Sanday, Borough put away another goal. The squad fought, and played hard but the final score was a 4-2 defeat. Player of the Match was Sam Alker who played really well and gave one hundred percent effort and focus. Goals were scored by Sam Alker and Ollie Sanday.

Ladies Ones

They achieved a hard fought 2-2 draw with goals from Sam Williiams and Kate Baxter.

Ladies Twos:

Crowborough travelled to St. Bedes for an early pushback, anticipating an incredibly challenging match. Trialling a new formation, the Twos began the match strongly yet defensive as Priory used their speed to their advantage. However Crowborough staged a number of effective attacks. Crowborough's defence held firm, some epic clearances being performed. Captain Vicky Dennett took a stick to the head after a Priory attacker swung through on after missing the ball, having to be escorted to minor injuries. Now down a player, Crowborough's remaining ten players went into halftime with a 1 -0 loss. Josie Mitchell took over at the helm and kept spirits high.

The second half began well, Borough beginning to push up the pitch a lot more and use their wingers to their advantage. Forwards Sophie Holcombe and Lucy Gibson made multiple half-pitch sprints and were excellent in the D, just falling short of scoring. The defence continued to battle but unfortunately Priory were the more competitive side. The game ended in a 5-0 loss. Crowborough coming away with lots of minor injured and bruises but maintaining their joyous and positive attitudes. The game was eventful yet the team spirit has never felt stronger Player of the Match was the entire team with a shout out to Josie and Tilly.

Ladies Three's:

Ladies threes played at home to Worthing 3s with a 1.30 pm pushback. This was always going to be a full on match against one of the top teams in the league. Borough fought hard and well as a team - passing wide, communicating, supporting each other, clearing and saving attacks on the goal. Defenders Lisa Marr and Sarah Mercer were impressive, and Jess Ikeson was called upon again and again against Worthing Onslaught. Down the midline Lottie Ikeson, Hannah Walker and Amber Valentine worked with skill and athleticism to keep the ball moving. The first half saw opportunities with a penalty flick taken by Amber Valentine, and a fantastic run by Eve Taylor but sadly these did not translate into goals and at halftime the score was 0-0. The second half continued with a high level of play from everyone but sadly the final score was 0-1 defeat. Player of the Match went to Eve Taylor as her focus, skill and tenacity up front was impressive.

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