Thursday, 21 February 2013

Crowborough Athletic 1 v 2 Redhill

Tuesday 19th February 2013
Sussex County League Division One
Alderbrook Recreation Ground, Crowborough
Admission inc. Programme: £6.00
Attendance: 51
Match Rating: 2

After a day with (by recent standards) unusually mild and dry weather meaning that there was never any doubt or nervous website checks as to whether a game would be on this evening, I made the short trip once more to the Alderbrook, for a relatively local derby against one of the teams based outside of Sussex in the Sussex County League.

Whereas Crowborough have been characteristically inconsistent in recent times, Redhill have been in great form, unbeaten in their last five games since early December. This evening would be the first game between the two sides, although when the two sides last met at the Alderbrook last March, Redhill came away with a convincing 7-1 victory.

On a relatively mild evening, Redhill soon seemed to have better of the proceedings early on, and deservedly took the lead on 10 minutes, when Tyrone Pink scored with a good goal. On 28 minutes, Crowborough were surprisingly back on level terms, when Elliott Ward headed in from a corner. The rest of the half was fairly even, although Crowborough would probably be happier with the scores to be level at half time.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, although both sides had fair chances to take the lead, before Redhill did on 62 minutes, when Niall Egan finished emphatically after being set up by Josh Bonnett. That seemed to really set back Crowborough back, and the game became a very tepid, dull affair. Towards the end, Redhill pushed forward for a third goal, and this made the game slightly more interesting as it gave Crowborough a sniff of a chance to get back on level terms once more. But in the end, Redhill held out for a fairly comfortable, and certainly deserved away victory, whilst Crowborough would have quickly have an opportunity to make up for this defeat, as the play Horsham YMCA in a cup game on Thursday.

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