Week Four Match Summaries
Men’s one’s continue to turn their season around with a 4-2 win away at Middleton. Losing the toss, Crowborough were forced to play the first half into the Sun but this didn’t deter the Crows with them starting the brighter of the two sides. James Partridge opened the scoring early in the first half with a well placed drag flick from a penalty corner beating the Middleton defensive line. Freddie Lee then made it 0-2 converting from a well worked passing move. A feeling of comfort and a lack of concentration led to Middleton pulling one back scoring in open play. The Crows almost instantly responded with Tom James driving the by line and drilling a well placed cross to Jake Simmons who rifled the ball, first time, into the back of the net returning their two goal lead just in time for the end of the half. Crowborough started the second half strongly enjoying a majority of possession and creating a number of chances. Middleton reduced the deficit however, scoring on a counter attack with a well worked move. Again, the Crows reacted pushing high up the pitch retaining possession in the final third. A deflected cross dropped at the feet of Freddie Lee who calmly swept the ball in to make it 4-2 and secure three points. The win raises them to 6th in the league.
Men's 2s travelled to table topping Lewes 4s for late pushback. Borough had to contend with more than the opposition in the first half as the low autumn sun made visibility very difficult. The Crows still started brightly, linking well and moving the ball quickly, the midfield of Steven Burns, Darren Pulman, Will Sermon and Alex Seath winning the battle on the middle of the park. Despite just edging the first half the Crows could not break the deadlock and similarly, Lewes were kept to just a couple of half chances by the superb defence of Rory Pamphilon, Harry Hamilton-Brown, Olly Sanday, Phil Newington and Harry Hook and Goalkeeper Rufus Jones. The second half saw the two evenly matched sides continue to cancel each other out until Ian Easton won a penalty corner that was swept home by Pulman. The Crows continued to push to try to put the game out of sight, but despite the best efforts of the forwards Joe Joyce, Sam Alker and Sam Chick, the Lewes defence stood firm. Lewes threw everything they had at Borough in the last 10 minutes and just when it looked like they would hold on Lewes finally broke their resolve with a very good reverse strike into the top corner. The final whistle blew moments later to see both teams share the points. Man of the match was Harry Hook for a dominant performance at the back.
M3’s hosted Lewes 6’s with a 13:30 pushback and within second’s Ollie Hewitt took the ball from a Lewes player dribbled into the D a scored this put Lewes on the back foot especially only moments later Stuart smith scored a superb goal from the edge of the D. Before the half finished James Lee scored from much scuffling around in the D in the second half Lewes did fight back coming back with two goals 15 minutes from the end. Ashley Fishenden a defender today was up outside the D he received the Ball dribbled past one Lewes player the hit a fantastic shot making it 4-2 POM was Stuart Smith due to goal scored and working really well down the wing with Andy Dennet who certainly fitting in well in a defensive midfielder role. Two weeks rest for Games now looking forward to the 4th November 2nd in the league at 5pm
Ladies Ones: A comedy skit replaces this week's match report
Crowborough Ladies fought a hard game against a speedy team. Conceding 2 goals in the first 20 minutes as they adjusted to the pitch they went on to attack aggressively for the remainder of the game. Kate, what's her face and Grace the kid, hurled shots at the goal for the remainder of the game, and along with sleeping Tiger and Alice( I'm not playing on the side with bird poo) they applied relentless pressure.
Unable to convert the shots to goals they were joined by the defence in increasing the pressure resulting in the game being predominantly played in the attacking half. Amanda- the wall, never failing to ensure that 'leaning on stick Michelle', ever needed to come up right. Dani held back a nose bleed as she travelled close to the sun (opposition D) and Nikki managed to not get carded ( result). Alas whilst they conceded no further goals 'Capri Sharon' , plus too bright for her own good Lottie' and 'I'm always in space Beckie' plus 'I'm just going for a dance around the D' Keren', and 'I'm sorry that I'm tripping you' - Lucy ( but not really) denied the opposition any further goals showing phenomenal determination and perseverance.
Also Kati Innes was Ace.
Written by K Innes
Ladies twos played against Hailsham at 10:30 at home. With a completely full squad, the ladies opened the game with a quick goal. Sadie Ware scored within the first few seconds of the game, giving the twos the confidence they carried into the rest of the game. Another one was fired in not too long afterwards, captain Vicky Dennett joining the score line. Hailsham fought back, scoring two goals before half time. The ladies rallied during the break and launched themselves straight back into the game. Unfortunately, Hailsham scored two more goals, the power of the shots too much to be stopped by sticks at expertly crafted short corners. Within the second half the twos picked up numerous injuries. Hazel Eddis had a ball fly at head height and luckily was able to block it with her hand. This resulted in the Hailsham centre back receiving a yellow card.
With less than 10 minutes to play the ladies were able to equalise, goals coming from newbie Meg Shaw (her first goal for the side) and Josie Mitchell. Everyone worked incredibly hard and the comeback was exciting for the spectators to watch. The game ended in a well deserved 4-4 draw with player of the match going to Zoey Wood for her excellent attacking skill and Tilly Rider-Richardson for her consistent impressive tackles and high pressing. Thank you to Jess Ikeson who stepped in as goalkeeper for the team in the absence of their usual goalie, she made some excellent saves.
Women's 3s played at home to South Downs 2s with a midday pushback. Despite an heroic effort from the team - it was a 0:7 defeat. POM Amber Valentine.
Girls JDL League
The girls drew 1-1 with South Saxons away.