Crawley vs Marden Russets
Crawley 8 - 1 Marden Russets
Crawley were looking to bounce back from a disappointing result and maintain their unbeaten home record.
Knowing they would be in for a tough game Crawley started strong and were instantly on the front foot with a couple of promising attacks that just failed with the final ball. After a couple of scares at the back Crawley took the lead through an excellent free flowing move involving a number of players playing one and two touch passes with the ball ending up at Fuller’s stick for him to fire home from close range. Crawley continued to pressurise the Marden defence and extended their lead when some good play from Banton to keep the ball in play led to Evans having a tap in from close range.
Crawley then scored quick fire goals when Murphy scored and the after that good pressure from Murphy and Innes won the ball which led to a quick 1-2 between them for Reigate to come in a finish the move with a cracking finish in the corner of the goal.
Fuller then finished the half with Crawley’s 5th but a rare slip at the back led to a Marden short corner which they converted to end the half only 5-1 down.
The second half started with Marden putting the pressure on Crawley but with the defence of Ortyl, Brightwell, J.Innes, Campbell and Reigate held firm and put in some important tackles to keep Crawley ahead. Then around 10 minutes in a serious collision involving S.Innes and a Marden defender caused a delay whilst both received treatment, after the short break Crawley regained control of the game and scored from a Rob Haimes run where he finished expertly on the reverse and a well worked short corner which saw a quick move between Fuller and Reigate end in a goal and all but end Marden’s hopes of a revival. Man of the Match midfielder Rob Haimes the doubles his tally for the day after S.Innes played the ball across the area for him to control and fire a shot that was too hot for the keeper to handle and keep out.
Crawley’s most convincing display of the season saw them run out 8-1 winners and they look to continue the league season with another home performance like this against Southwick next week.
Squad - Luke.Murphy, James Ortyl, Mark Brightwell, James Innes, Jonny Reigate, Rob Haimes, Reece Banton, Brendan McCaoilite, Seb Watson, Dan Evans, James Fuller.
Subs – Michael Campbell, James.Murphy, Steve Innes