Crawley Down 2 Midhurst 1: Cooper - ‘We dominated the game’

Crawley Down Gatwick V Horsham YMCA 7-2-15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150902-125120002
Crawley Down Gatwick V Horsham YMCA 7-2-15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150902-125120002
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Crawley Down Gatwick boss Paul Cooper was delighted with his side’s performance in beating Midhurst 2-1 last night.

He prasied: “The scoreline didn’t truly reflect how we dominated the majority of the game.

“At times we played some superb football and scored two good goals but it could have been double figures if it wasn’t for the Midhurst keeper and just failing to find the end product to put the game out of sight.

“It will come and so long as we keep creating as much as we are I have no worries at all. It’s another three points in the bag and that’s the key thing at this stage as we are looking to continue the winning habit.”

Down went ahead after four minutes with Ben Brooker seizing on a through-ball and driving past keeper Miles Hamilton.

Flankman Harry Lowe was catching the eye with his trickery and pace and came nearest to extending the lead on the hour with a rasping drive that struck the underside of the bar and came back out.

It’s another three points in the bag and that’s the key thing at this stage as we are looking to continue the winning habit.”

Crawley Down Gatwick manager Paul Cooper

A determined run by Dave Houlders was halted by the Stags keeper, before Josh Alcock on 70 minutes seized on a Brooker pass to thump the ball home to give the Anvils a two-goal cushion.

But any thoughts of cruising through the final 20 minutes were rudely interrupted with the Stags being awarded a free-kick just outside the box which Hamilton took advantage to drive through the wall and open their account.

Further chances came the Anvils way with a Lowe corner finding Day whose resulting header in turn being hacked away, and a last-gasp shot by Leslie being tipped over by Hamilton as full-time approached with no further goals.

Anvils: Greaves, Cooney, Lovett, Spence, Dixon, Day, Houlders (Pitt), Alcock (Thomas), Brooker (Cane), Leslie, Lowe.

Man of the Match: Harry Lowe

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