Crawley Down Gatwick outmuscled by Shoreham

SH 121214 Football: Shoreham v Crawley Down. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141215-195808002
SH 121214 Football: Shoreham v Crawley Down. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141215-195808002

Crawley Down Gatwick took an early lead but ended up losing 5-1 after a dominant second half display by Shoreham.

The Anvils went in front when Tom Frankland on a run down the right flank then crossed for Grant Rigler whom amidst flying arms and boots bravely nodded the ball into the net.

Shoreham equalised when Young broke clear with his shot being parried away by Jackson unfortunately only as far as Dejaun Best who drove home for the Musslemen.

Worse was to follow on 36 when yet a combination of Stevens and Best set Ross Myers free to put the home side in front for the first time.

For the second half an early change on the bench with new signing Geoff Mahodo replacing Geo Wallis as the Anvils prepared for another tough 45, Mahodo was soon into action heading just wide from another Barnard cross, and then having his run on goal halted for a corner, just after centre-back James Day having a rare excursion upfield but he to could only fire the ball well over.

After those early attacks the Musselmen reverted to type with first a free-kick that struck the upright.

Mark Goldson then placed his shot into Jackson’s arms, pressure finally told on the hour when another free-kick pinged around the Anvil box with the final shot being handled away by Barnard resulting in a penalty and an early bath for the culprit, the resultant penalty being tucked home by Alex Laing.

Worse was to come on 64 with Shoreham’s Young’s shot only half-cleared only as far as Myers who drove home to put the homesters even more out of reach 4-1 Shoreham, It was becoming a real battle for the 10 men Anvils as the homesters poured forward in numbers.

The homesters once again had been exposed as being unable to build on an early lead.

Down: Sam Jackson, Mark Barnard, Jacob Wright, Geo Wallis (Geoff Mahodo), Blair Cooney, James Day, Tom Frankland, Sam Cane (Andy Goodwin), Grant Rigler (Ciaran Steers), Steve Major, Josh Alcock.

Man of the Match: Tom Frankland