Michael Wood’s wonder-goal is not enough for Crawley Down Gatwick

SCFL Premier Division: Crawley Down Gatwick v Lancing. Goal 1-0.  Pic Steve Robards SR1831581 SUS-180312-131515001
SCFL Premier Division: Crawley Down Gatwick v Lancing. Goal 1-0. Pic Steve Robards SR1831581 SUS-180312-131515001

After three impressive league wins, two of them away from home, Crawley Down came crashing back to earth with a 2-1 loss at home to Lancing on Saturday in the SCFL Premier Division.

Probably the biggest surprise of the day was that the game took place at all given the weather conditions but the pitch held up incredibly well despite the incessant rain throughout.

Given recent results and the scintillating team performances this was a surprisingly insipid and anaemic performance from the home side.

Without meaning any disrespect to Lancing they did not have to do very much to come out on top.

They did not dominate either territory or possession and created very little apart from their two goals but on the day, it was enough to take the points.

To add to the angst for the home fans, the Anvils took the lead on 19 minutes with a wonder-strike from Michael Wood making it four goals in four games since joining from Loxwood.

This time he latched on to a loose ball and hit an unstoppable drive from fully 25 yards into the bottom corner.

Lancing equalised through Matt Daniel after 39 minutes.

One had to admire his persistence when after Andy Greaves had brilliantly saved his initial attempt, he managed to slot home past no less than five Crawley Down defenders.

Undoubtedly a great goal from a Lancing perspective but decidedly sloppy from the home side. It was 1-1 at the break.

The Anvils dominated most aspects of the game in the second period but without ever looking likely to create much in front of goal.

Most of the crowd were resigned to the game petering out into a tame 1-1 draw when on 82 minutes Lancing produced a bit of magic.

A good move saw a break down the right with a cross picking out Matt Daniel who duly converted from close in for his second of the afternoon.

Crawley Down rallied but despite their efforts an equaliser never really looked on the cards.

On a day of frustration, the home fans probably wished that the rain had been a little bit heavier with a different outcome to the pitch inspection!

The Anvils will look to bounce back with two tough away fixtures at Peacehaven and Pagham.

Crawley Down Gatwick: Andy Greaves, Josh Martin, Connor Baston (Sonny Barton), Michael Spence, Sam Packham, Andy Goodwin, Russell Malton, Michael Belli, Sam Cane, Oli Leslie (Dan Sullivan), Michael Wood. Unused Substitutes: Lee Thomas, James Day.

Attendance: 61