Down maintain play-off aim with Logan strike

Crawley Down V Worthing (Pic by Jon Rigby)
Crawley Down V Worthing (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Skipper Fraser Logan earned Crawley Down the spoils in their Sussex derby battle with Worthing through a 40th minute goal.

In front of an above average gate the Anvils made the first noise through a Ross Morley free-kick being turned away by keeper Jack Simpson, followed after by Gaby Odunaike shooting wide.

The Rebels fought back with Tom Lawley testing Anvil keeper Tony Di Bernardo.

However Down were well on top gaining midfield and playing the ball around with aplomb.

For Worthing, former Crawley Town Reserve Scott Kirkwood and the lively Billy Medlock, who previously played for Eastb0ourne Borough, continued to plough a lonely path toward the Anvil goal but Down continued to attackwith both Blewden and Jamie Cade being denied by Simpson.

Down finally breached the Rebels’ defence after 40 minutes when Odunaike broke down the left and squared the ball to the advancing Logan to blast home from outside the box.

The real bone of contention came on 53 minutes as from another Worthing attack the ball appeared to have been scrambled off the goalline by an Anvil defender, but Rebel support behind the goal and players were adamant it had crossed the goalline.

After consulting his linesman the referee ordered a goalkick much to the dismay of angry Worthing fans.

Eventually the game got going again after the tempers and tackles had subsided, but no further goalmouth action til the 80th minute when a long ball from out of defence found Cade through the middle only to be hauled down in the box.

As the penalty taker Cade placed the ball and took steps backward and as we all awaited the coup de grace then went and blasted the ball well wide, a last burst by Medlock saw Di Bernardo turn the ball away to end a somewhat memorable encounter.

Attendance: 156

Man of the Match:

Fraser Logan