Leaders Crawley Down Gatwick gain revenge victory

Oakwood V Crawley Down Gatwick (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151025-195130008
Oakwood V Crawley Down Gatwick (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-151025-195130008

Southern Combination League Division One

Crawley Down Gatwick 3 Langney Wanderers 0

Crawley Down Gatwick gained revenge from the earlier reversal at Shinewater Lane back in October, but certainly did it the hard way.

It wasn’t until the 75th minute could Anvils’ supporters finally relax after a plethora of missed chances.

Dave Houlders blasted past Leach to the open the Anvils scoreline in the tenth minute.

From then on it was a tale of missed chances as openings appeared time and time again only to be squandered by a poor final ball or shot, allied to desperate defensive work by the Wands as the Anvils turned the screw,

Down manager Paul Cooper rang the changes with Leslie being replaced by leading scorer Ben Brooker.

Within five minutes Brooker eased Anvil tensions when tucking home Houlder’s cross.

Just like buses another turned up a minute later when from a Thomas charge the ball found Trotter who in turn set up Sam Cane to get his customary goal and give the Anvils more breathing space and a bigger 3-0 cushion.

James Lovett came on for Shurmahi and Myles Pitt on for Trotter as the Anvils closed the game down, now satisfied with the points and for a rare clean sheet.

Crawley Down Gatwick: Andy Greaves, Blair Cooney, Hass Shurmahi (James Lovett), Mike Spence, Steve Dixon, James Day, Dave Houlders, Lee Thomas, Oli Leslie (Ben Brooker), Sam Cane, Luke Trotter (Myles Pitt).

Unused subs: Andy Goodwin, Josh Brown