Alderbrook Recreation Ground, Crowborough
Sussex County League Division One
Admission with Programme: £6.00
Match Rating: 4
After a half time interval spent trying to keep warm in the clubhouse with hot chocolate and watching the England game on the TV – which was surely a factor in the low attendance at this game, East Preston took the lead on 52 minutes when a low kick from wide was played into the box and evaded a host of players before being fired home from 8 yards by Craig Grantham. Crowborough were soon back on level terms again though, when just four minutes later, a fast counter attack left Biddlecombe running towards goal unchallenged, but showed composure in passing the ball to the onrushing Chris Ransome, who fired the ball high into the roof of the net. This was actually somewhat against the run of play, as East Preston showed real quality in the second half, forced countless corners and only some desperate defending from Crowborough kept the visitors at bay. Another four minutes later and Crowborough appeared to be given a great chance to earn at least a point when the visitors had Fred Foreman sent off for an off the ball incident. However, this didn’t impede East Preston, who continued to dominate proceedings, and on 70 minutes, the visitors went back into the lead, when Crowborough failed to deal with a corner into the box and eventually Joe Shelley fired home from close range. This seemed to kill the game unfortunately, as it seemed to knock the stuffing out of Crowborough whilst East Preston were happy to stick with what they had. And so it was East Preston who claimed the winner, although with a result that was much closer than might have been expected, and Crowborough should certainly take heart from a very good, positive performance against one of the strongest teams in the Sussex League.