HOCKEY: Crawley book historic place in national Vase final

Crawley Hockey First X1 V Brighton 21/3/15 Goal scored (Pic by Joe and James Rigby) SUS-150323-140312008
Crawley Hockey First X1 V Brighton 21/3/15 Goal scored (Pic by Joe and James Rigby) SUS-150323-140312008

Crawley earned themselves a place in the national Vase final for the fist time in their history on Sunday with a devastating 7-1 win against Redbridge & Ilford in the semi-final.

Captain Alex Watson said “It’s been a tremendous day firstly I’d like to thank the people that came out to support us not just today but the whole way through the cup with the few that travelled away in the first round to the near couple of hundred who turned out today.

“Your support has been greatly appreciated and now we can take Crawley Hockey club onto the national stage and represent not only yourselves but the rest of the town.”

The deadlock was broken and it was a familiar route with Fuller finding a way past the Redbridge keeper from a short corner 1-0. It was Fuller again on the stroke of half-time with a deflected bobbling effort which some how evaded the Redbridge defence.

In the second half Redbridge worked the ball on the left to an attacker who slotted a reverse stick shot past Westwood to make it 2-1 game-on.

Fuller completed his hat-trick once again from a drag flick past a helpless Redbridge keeper. 3-1.

The boys were outstanding today the opposition really had no clue on how to deal with anything we threw at them. Every single player played a part today and it was a great squad performance.”

Crawley captain Alex Watson

The goals then started to flow and the home side started to cut Redbridge apart, with the defence of Westwood, Brightwell, Ahmedi and Bettesworth holding firm at the back.

Seb Watson ran to the byline and crossed to Fuller to tap in 4-1.

Seb Watson found Carl Wright to slide onto it and make it 5.

There was still time for a Steve Innes donk to make it 6 and Carl Wright unmarked on the back post to make it 7-1.

Watson added: “The boys were outstanding today the opposition really had no clue on how to deal with anything we threw at them every single player played a part today and it was a great squad performance. I include in that coach Frimley and fitness coach Steve Wright. We now move on to the May 2 at Lea Valley the home of English hockey in the shadow of the Olympic park to try to bring home the vase for the people of Crawley.”

Crawley: Jamie Westwood, Baz Ahmedi, Adrian Bettesworth, Mark Brightwell, Carl Wright, Rob Gate, Alex Watson (C), Seb Watson, Steve Innes, Kieran Fuller, Brendan Maccaoilte.

Subs: Reece Banton, Joseph Raddoux, James Innes, Hasan Yousaf, Tom Jarvis

Complete Tyre Services Man of the Match: Kieran Fuller

On Saturday Crawley narrowly missed out on securing promotion in the Kent Sussex Regional League when they lost 3-2 to Brighton II with goals by Kieran Fuiller and Seb Watson.

Crawley: Jamie Westwood, Baz Ahmedi, Adrian Bettesworth, Mark Brightwell, Carl Wright, Rob Gate, Alex Watson (C), Seb Watson, Steve Innes, Kieran Fuller, Brendan Maccaoilte.

Subs: Reece Banton, Joseph Raddoux

Complete Tyre Services Man of the Match: Alex Watson