CRAWLEY Down failed to follow up their fantastic 5-0 win over Croydon Athletic on Saturday as they went down 2-1 at Sittingbourne last night (Tuesday).
It was a tale of missed chances for the visitors after Luke Blewden had put them ahead, as they wasted two clear opportunities and struck the crossbar before Sittingbourne snatched the points in the second half.
Blewden put Anvils ahead with a fine finish from the edge of the area, but after Hulusey Mustafa had rattled the crossbar with a free kick on the stroke of half-time, Blewden and Gabriel Odunaike were guilty of missing great one-on-one chances after the break to kill the game off.
And Sittingbourne made them pay with a Joseph Goldsmith penalty given away by Anvils keeper Mark Zawadski before they won it with a scrappy Hicham Akhazzan goal.
Assistant manager John Maggs said: “The game should have been over before we gave away the penalty, we should have been 4-0 up at least.”
The game saw Jamie Cade make his debut for Crawley Down after signing from Lewes in the week and Maggs believes it shows how ambitious the club is.
“Jamie Cade signed this week, it just shows the calibre of player we are getting at this club and despite our position we have had some good performances of late and last night’s result should have been a winning one instead of a losing one.”
Crawley Down stay bottom of Ryman One South and have a tough ask to get something out of this Saturday’s home game against in-form Worthing, who are fifth and vying for promotion.
“Worthing will be a big test for us to show how far we have come,” Maggs added. “I can’t see this club being relegated, there’s more than enough quality here to get us out of trouble.
“We’ve got some good players here and I am sure by Christmas time everyone will see a big improvement.”