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Crowborough Athletic FC
AFC Croydon Athletic
C Pring (28'), D Perry (34'), J Turner (71')
Full time
E Oloyede (51'), N Green (78')
Tue 9 Jan 19:30 - Cup Attendance 83

REVAMPED SIDE BEATS AFC CROYDON ATHLETIC IN CUP.

Crows through to the quarter-finals of the SCEFL Challenge Cup.

Pring puts a spring in the Crows steps.
Due to injuries and absence, it was a revamped Crows side that took on AFC Croydon Athletic at the Community Stadium on Tuesday night in a SCEFL Challenge Cup 3rd Round tie. Attwood, Unwin and Barton were injured, Treleaven and Tear were unavailable for selection. Muggeridge, Walder and Phipp dropped down to the bench, with Vickers, Clarke, Perry, Boddy, Pring and Cole coming in to the starting eleven after the FA Vase game at Melksham Town on Saturday.
Whilst the home club knew their side, things were a bit different for AFC Croydon Athletic. Due to our floodlight restrictions the match was due to kick off at 7:30pm, to allow for the possibility of extra-time and penalties, however, the 15 minute difference from our normal kick off time of 7:45pm seemed to give the away side some problems as most of their team didn't arrive until after 7:00pm.
This led to their teamsheet not being available until very late and the crowd didn't know who was playing for them until they emerged from the tunnel. When they did emerge the first thing you noticed was how big and physical they looked compared to our players, most were well over 6ft and muscular in frame.
Their late arrival meant that kick off was delayed for 10 minutes by the match referee, although by the time the whistle blew for kick off it was nearer 7:43pm, so it was a good job the match didn't go to extra-time and penalties in the end.
Most of the first half was a bit untidy, the ball spending too much time In the air, the passing of both teams was not accurate enough and no player had any time on the ball, therefore, chances were few and far between for either side and as befitted their players, the game became more of a physical encounter, every ball being fought for and not always fairly, so free-kicks abounded.
The Crows cause wasn't helped when Carrington had to go off injured in the 16th minute, Pearson coming on as his replacement, in a like-for-like positional swap. However, in the 28th minute the home side went 1-0 up, Crabb picking up the ball midway inside the AFC half and threading a great through ball to Pring inside the area and he was able to slide the ball past the 'keeper and in to the net.
There was more injury concern for the home side before the restart, White having to leave the field and being replaced by Goldsmith, again in a like-for-like swap, only 29 minutes gone and two substitutes already used.
Pring's goal gave the Crows a lift and it was they who then had the better chances and in the 34th minute the greater possession led to a second goal, the ball eventually falling to Clarke inside the area and his shot was brilliantly saved by the AFC goalie but the rebound fell to Perry who put the ball in the net for 2-0.
The award of the goal upset the AFC players somewhat as they thought Perry must have been offside, however, the assistant referee pointed to the defender who played Perry onside and the goal stood. This led to the players and management of the away side speaking to the referee once he blew the half-time whistle on the pitch, the discussion carrying on in the tunnel area apparently and this led to their manager being removed from the technical area for the second-half.
Unbeknown to everyone, except to the match officials hopefully, AFC made a substitution at half-time, Lewis going off and Green coming on and he definitely had an impact on their performance in the second 45 minutes.
Perhaps, because they felt aggrieved about the second goal, the away side pushed more players forward in the second-half and, if possible, became even more physical than before, therefore, they started to dominate the play although their chances were mainly from distance and it still looked that their best way back in to the game would be from a corner or free-kick where their greater height and physicality would count the most.
The Crow players knew they would have to dig deep during this period but their defence was penetrated in the 51st minute, Oloyede putting the ball in the net to make the score 2-1. The away side now had the wind in their sails and started to put the Crows under even greater pressure but the defence stayed strong and when called upon the away side found Burbridge in good form between the posts.
In the 68th minute the home side made their final substitution, Perry who had worked hard upfront, left the field and Phipp came on in his place, at least it gave the side a bit more height in the side. This meant that Pring was pushed further forward in support of Pearson, who had an effort cleared off the line in the 70th minute.
Perhaps against the run of play a bit, the Crows made it 3-1 in the 71st minute after good work by Pring saw him get to the goal line before sliding the ball across to the unmarked Turner who slotted the ball home.
The home fans felt they could breath easy again now but it became 3-2 in the 78th minute, substitute Green firing the ball in on the angle from the edge of the area, game on again felt the AFC supporters, however, there weren't anymore goals and the Crows eventually went through to the quarter-finals of the SCEFL Challenge Cup.
In what was a physical game there had to be yellow cards shown, all in the second period, Agoro, Fowler, Oloyede and Kaffo for AFC and Cole for the Crows, all incurred the wrath of the match referee, either for a tackle, an accumulation of infringements or dissent.
The revamped home squad deserve a lot of praise for the effort and determination they showed throughout the match, especially against such a big side, and there wasn't one player who didn't give their all for the Crows.

Connor Pring

Player of the Match

Connor Pring

Key moments

28:00
Goal Connor Pring scores for Crowborough Athletic FC
34:00
Goal Dan Perry scores for Crowborough Athletic FC
51:00
Goal Emanuel Oloyede scores for AFC Croydon Athletic
71:00
Goal Jack Turner scores for Crowborough Athletic FC
78:00
Goal Nahum Green scores for AFC Croydon Athletic

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Connor Pring is awarded player of the match for Crowborough Athletic FC
89:55 Yellow Card
Sam Cole is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic FC
89:00 Blocked Shot
Tom Pearson has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic FC
82:00 Missed Shot
Connor Pring misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic FC
80:00 Yellow Card
Junior Kaffoo is yellow carded for AFC Croydon Athletic
78:00 Goal 3 - 2
Nahum Green scores for AFC Croydon Athletic
77:00 Missed Shot
Sam Cole misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic FC
76:00 Saved Shot
Connor Pring has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
73:00 Yellow Card
Emanuel Oloyede is yellow carded for AFC Croydon Athletic
72:00 Sub Off
Adnan Ali is substituted off for AFC Croydon Athletic
72:00 Sub On
Ben Rayner is substituted on for AFC Croydon Athletic
71:00 Assist
Connor Pring makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic FC
71:00 Goal 3 - 1
Jack Turner scores for Crowborough Athletic FC
70:00 Blocked Shot
Tom Pearson has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic FC
69:00 Missed Shot
Emanuel Oloyede misses a shot for AFC Croydon Athletic
68:00 Sub On
Tom Phipp is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic FC
68:00 Sub Off
Dan Perry is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic FC
64:00 Saved Shot
Emanuel Oloyede has a shot saved for AFC Croydon Athletic
61:00 Missed Shot
Taylor Maddox misses a shot for AFC Croydon Athletic
60:00 Saved Shot
Junior Kaffoo has a shot saved for AFC Croydon Athletic
59:00 Yellow Card
Ryan Fowler is yellow carded for AFC Croydon Athletic
57:00 Saved Shot
Emanuel Oloyede has a shot saved for AFC Croydon Athletic
53:00 Yellow Card
Abbas Agoro is yellow carded for AFC Croydon Athletic
51:00 Goal 2 - 1
Emanuel Oloyede scores for AFC Croydon Athletic
48:00 Missed Shot
Lois Viera-Medina misses a shot for AFC Croydon Athletic
46:00 Sub Off
Lorenzo Lewis is substituted off for AFC Croydon Athletic
46:00 Sub On
Nahum Green is substituted on for AFC Croydon Athletic
End of period 1
34:00 Goal 2 - 0
Dan Perry scores for Crowborough Athletic FC
34:00 Assist
Wayne Clarke makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic FC
31:00 Saved Shot
Jack Turner has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
29:00 Sub Off
James White is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic FC
29:00 Sub On
Marcus Goldsmith is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic FC
28:00 Assist
Sam Crabb makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic FC
28:00 Goal 1 - 0
Connor Pring scores for Crowborough Athletic FC
23:00 Saved Shot
Emanuel Oloyede has a shot saved for AFC Croydon Athletic
16:00 Sub Off
Sam Carrington is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic FC
16:00 Sub On
Tom Pearson is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic FC
13:00 Missed Shot
Lois Viera-Medina misses a shot for AFC Croydon Athletic
8:00 Saved Shot
Dan Perry has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic FC
6:00 Missed Shot
Wayne Clarke misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic FC
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Crowborough Athletic FC
  • AFC Croydon Athletic
  • 0
  • Sam Carrington Sub Off 16:00'
  • Tom Pearson Sub On 16:00'
  • Sam Crabb Assist 28:00'
  • Connor Pring Goal 28:00'
  • James White Sub Off 29:00'
  • Marcus Goldsmith Sub On 29:00'
  • Wayne Clarke Assist 34:00'
  • Dan Perry Goal 34:00'
  • Nahum Green Sub On 46:00'
  • Lorenzo Lewis Sub Off 46:00'
  • Emanuel Oloyede Goal 51:00'
  • Abbas Agoro Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Ryan Fowler Yellow Card 59:00'
  • Dan Perry Sub Off 68:00'
  • Tom Phipp Sub On 68:00'
  • Connor Pring Assist 71:00'
  • Jack Turner Goal 71:00'
  • Adnan Ali Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ben Rayner Sub On 72:00'
  • Emanuel Oloyede Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Nahum Green Goal 78:00'
  • Junior Kaffoo Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Sam Cole Yellow Card 89:55'

Team selection

Burbridge, Ryan Burbridge, Ryan
White, James White, James
Turner, Jack Turner, Jack
Boddy, Tom Boddy, Tom
Clarke, Wayne Clarke, Wayne
Crabb, Sam Crabb, Sam
Cole, Sam Cole, Sam
Vickers, Tom Vickers, Tom
Pring, Connor Pring, Connor
Perry, Dan Perry, Dan
Carrington, Sam Carrington, Sam
AFC Croydon Athletic
  • 1. Francis Ameyaw
  • 2. Noe Vandrellis-Parcelisa
  • 3. Adnan Ali
  • 4. Tom Penson
  • 5. Taylor Maddox
  • 6. Junior Kaffoo
  • 7. Emanuel Oloyede
  • 8. Abbas Agoro
  • 9. Lois Viera-Medina
  • 10. Ryan Fowler
  • 11. Lorenzo Lewis
  • 12. Nahum Green
  • 13. Ibrahim Kallon
  • 14. Ben Rayner
  • 15. Sam Labinjo

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