Crawley Down Gatwick give away Valentine’s Day present

Crawley Down Gatwick V Horsham YMCA 7-2-15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150902-125009002
Crawley Down Gatwick V Horsham YMCA 7-2-15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150902-125009002

Crawley Down Gatwick overdid their generosity on Valentine’s Day by giving away a long distance own goal when they had the lead and prospects looked rosy before conceding a second half winner to a player named Bunch.

Jeffrey Mahadoo got free on the right to cross for the oncoming Andy Goodwin to give the Anvils the lead.

The Dockers took up the challenge with a James Rhodes corner finding Oliver Davies whose shot was turned away by an Anvil defender.

The resulting corner was then just missed by centre-back Ryan Night, followed just after by Brad Murray testing keeper Andy Greaves.

The Anvils then had a Leyton Regan shot hacked off the line, shortly after both Regan and Sam Cane saw their shots cleared as the visitors’ defenders struggled to cope with the conditions underfoot as well as the vibrant Anvil attack.

Cane put in a lovely cross that cried out for that final touch, by now it was all one- way as the home side pushed forward for that elusive second goal.

A free-kick by Hass Shurmani free-kick found Mahadoo whose final cross then rattled along the top of the bar.

The Dockers then responded on the half hour with a Craig Bunch cross being nodded over by Murray.

A slip in the Dockers’ defence let in Mahadoo who beat the last defender and honed in on ‘keeper Jake Buss who in turn was able to smother the shot.

Bunch sealed the lid on the first half with a final shot at Greaves.

Rhodes fired straight at Greaves on as the away support became more and more agitated at their failure to break the Anvils down.

But they didn’t have to wait long as on 57 minutes from another attacking build-up the ball ran loose to Davies.

From 30 yards he let go a fearsome shot that struck the unfortunate Anvil defender Andy Goodwin and then flew past the stranded Greaves to restore parity for the Dockers.

Now it was game-on with just a quarter hour to go, changes on the Anvil bench with James Day replacing Goodwin as Down started to shore up the defence as the Dockers turned the screw with a Rhodes free-kick being cleared.

The next three minutes would settled the outcome as first an Anvil counter on 66 minutes saw Cane break through an open defence.

With just ‘keeper Buss awaiting de-ja vu struck yet again for the Anvils as Buss yet again gained the upperhand and another chance was gone.

The appropriately named Bunch broke the Anvil hearts in taking a Rhodes pass in his stride and firing past keeper Greaves to condemn Down to another defeat.

Down: Greaves, Cooney, Shurmani, Goodwin (Day), Roberts, Read, Steers, Thomas (Mutungi), Regan, Cane, Mahadoo (Taylor)

Attendance: 55