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Crowborough Athletic
Deal Town
J Barton (89'), T Pearson (91')
Full time
S Milson (7')
Sat 12 Aug 15:00 - Southern Counties East Football League - Premier Division Attendance 80

CROWS ON THE LATE, LATE SHOW AGAIN.

Late goals from Barton and Pearson seal the Crows first three points of the season.

Monopoly anyone?
As the final whistle blew you were left thinking that some of the Crow's players must have been playing Monopoly with the family before turning up for this game and nicked the "get out of jail" card as they left. Not that it really should have got to become such a late show in truth but the Crows were rather profligate in front of goal and had to live on the nerves and dig deep as the final whistle was imminent.
Over the 90+5 minutes there's no doubt the Crows deserved the three points and should have been out of sight of the visitors long before the end of the game however, some good defensive work by the Deal Town defenders, some excellent saves by their goalkeeper Tonkin and some weak efforts when well placed from Crow players meant that the Crow supporters had to bite their nails throughout the match.
Deal arrived at the Gallagher with a poor disciplinary record from their two FA Cup games against Corinthians, having had Walsh and Reeves sent off in the first game which finished 2-2, as well as three yellow cards and in the replay, which they won 4-1, they had two more yellows and a further red, goalkeeper Tonkin seeing the dreaded red this time.
With suspensions kicking in after seven days now rather than fourteen as it was previously, Walsh and Reeves had to miss the match and many Crow fans wished as the game went on that Tonkin had got sent off on the Saturday rather than the Tuesday as he was the difference between a hiding for the visitors or the nervous finish we had to endure.
Deal were competitive and resilient from the start and set their stall out to defend deep, hit on the break and if they can get their noses in front, all well and good and that's exactly what happened in the 7th minute, Milson with a neat finish after the Crows failed to cut a cross out from their right hand side and the ball fell to him some eight yards out, so 1-0 to Deal and the Crows knew they were in a battle now.
For the rest of the half, with Ellis largely being a spectator, his only work was to keep asking the question "how many more chances do we need to score", even if they weren't quite the words he used, the Crows pounded away at the Deal goal. However, the ball just wouldn't go in the net with Attwood, Carrington, Connolly, Barton Phipp and Turner all going close with efforts that were either blocked by defenders or well saved by Tonkin.
Therefore, half time was reached with the Crows 1-0 down and I did tweet that perhaps they deserved their lead, the effort and commitment they put in to preserve their lead was immense and after all, there's a skill in the art of defending properly.
If the possession in the first 45 minutes was 75/25 in the Crows favour, the second half was 90/10 to the Crows as they pushed the visitors further and further back towards their own goal. Again chances game and went, Crabb had a curling shot from the edge of the area hit the post, Attwood, Carrington, Connolly, Turner, Tear, Muggeridge, Pearson and others, all had efforts which went wide, over the bar, blocked on the line or well saved as the half went on. Deal only had a couple of efforts from distance which were easy saves for Ellis to make.
Carrington received a yellow card in the first half for a tackle and perhaps was a bit fortunate not to get a second one in the 50th minute when he couldn't reach a cross near the Deal goal and deliberately handled the ball. The Deal players definitely thought so but Carrington may feel he had been pushed as he jumped for the ball, referee Indyk decided to do nothing in the end. Turner then saw yellow in the 54th minute for dissent, an avoidable booking in truth as it puts the player under pressure whenever he tackles or jumps for a ball, something a centre half has to do constantly.
In the 68th minute, Carrington was replaced by Pring in an effort to put some fresh legs on the pitch as the chances came and went and the score still at 1-0 to the visitors. Pearson then replaced Danny Ellis in the 77th minute before Mici came on for Connolly in the 84th minute.
In the end a deserved equaliser arrived in the 89th minute, a Muggeridge corner headed in by Barton from six yards out, at last we all sighed, Tonkin beaten at last and we've salvaged a point. However, the players never thought the same as the fans and they went in search of the winner.
With time running out a Crabb corner found Pearson in the centre of the goal, three yards out, and a deft right foot flick saw the ball enter the back of the net and it was 2-1 to the Crows. The look of incredulation on the faces of all the Deal players was very evident as they knew all their hard defensive work had meant nothing in the end.
The final whistle blew in the 90+5th minute and the points stayed with the Crows. Overall, it wasn't a great performance football wise from the Crows, too many long balls at times, the passing wasn't as crisp and incisive as it normally is but a win is a win as they say and if you can pick up the points, dominate the game throughout when not playing that well, then you'll win more games than you'll lose.
So, now it's on to play away at AFC Croydon Athletic on Tuesday night for a 7:45pm kick off and hopefully, a further three points will come our way before we play away at Hollands & Blair on Saturday in the FA Cup.

Key moments

7:00
Goal Sam Milson scores for Deal Town
89:00
Goal Jason Barton scores for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +1:00
Goal Tom Pearson scores for Crowborough Athletic

Highlights

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90:00 +1:00 Assist
Sam Crabb makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +1:00 Goal 2 - 1
Tom Pearson scores for Crowborough Athletic
89:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jason Barton scores for Crowborough Athletic
89:00 Assist
Henry Muggeridge makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic
88:00 Sub On
Kristian Gregory is substituted on for Deal Town
88:00 Sub Off
Harry Alexander is substituted off for Deal Town
85:00 Missed Shot
Gianfranco Mici misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
84:00 Sub On
Gianfranco Mici is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
84:00 Sub Off
Reece Connolly is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
83:00 Missed Shot
Connor Pring misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
79:00 Sub On
Amir Zureiqi is substituted on for Deal Town
79:00 Sub Off
Ryan Philpott is substituted off for Deal Town
77:00 Sub On
Tom Pearson is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
77:00 Sub Off
Danny Ellis is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
74:00 Missed Shot
Henry Muggeridge misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
72:00 Sub Off
Luke Bigginton is substituted off for Deal Town
72:00 Sub On
Kyran Connolly is substituted on for Deal Town
71:00 Missed Shot
Henry Muggeridge misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
70:00 Saved Shot
Dan Tear has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
69:00 Blocked Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic
68:00 Sub On
Connor Pring is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
68:00 Sub Off
Sam Carrington is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
65:00 Missed Shot
Sam Crabb misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
63:00 Yellow Card
Zac Attwood is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
57:00 Saved Shot
Tom Phipp has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
55:00 Missed Shot
Zac Attwood misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
54:00 Yellow Card
Jack Turner is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
46:00 Blocked Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic
46:00 Saved Shot
Reece Connolly has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
End of period 1
41:00 Yellow Card
Sam Carrington is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
39:00 Saved Shot
Sam Carrington has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
38:00 Blocked Shot
Tom Phipp has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic
34:00 Missed Shot
Sam Crabb misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
33:00 Saved Shot
Tom Phipp has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
32:00 Blocked Shot
Jason Barton has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic
32:00 Saved Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
30:00 Blocked Shot
Jack Turner has a shot blocked for Crowborough Athletic
23:00 Saved Shot
Reece Connolly has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
16:00 Yellow Card
Steven O'Brien is yellow carded for Deal Town
11:00 Missed Shot
Jack Turner misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
7:00 Goal 0 - 1
Sam Milson scores for Deal Town
4:00 Missed Shot
Ryan Philpott misses a shot for Deal Town
3:00 Missed Shot
Reece Connolly misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
2:00 Missed Shot
Ryan Philpott misses a shot for Deal Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Crowborough Athletic
  • Deal Town
  • 0
  • Sam Milson Goal 7:00'
  • Steven O'Brien Yellow Card 16:00'
  • Sam Carrington Yellow Card 41:00'
  • Jack Turner Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Zac Attwood Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Sam Carrington Sub Off 68:00'
  • Connor Pring Sub On 68:00'
  • Kyran Connolly Sub On 72:00'
  • Luke Bigginton Sub Off 72:00'
  • Danny Ellis Sub Off 77:00'
  • Tom Pearson Sub On 77:00'
  • Amir Zureiqi Sub On 79:00'
  • Ryan Philpott Sub Off 79:00'
  • Reece Connolly Sub Off 84:00'
  • Gianfranco Mici Sub On 84:00'
  • Harry Alexander Sub Off 88:00'
  • Kristian Gregory Sub On 88:00'
  • Henry Muggeridge Assist 89:00'
  • Jason Barton Goal 89:00'
  • Tom Pearson Goal 90:00 +1:00'
  • Sam Crabb Assist 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Daniel
Barton, Jason Barton, Jason
Turner, Jack Turner, Jack
Tear, Dan Tear, Dan
Muggeridge, Henry Muggeridge, Henry
Crabb, Sam Crabb, Sam
Carrington, Sam Carrington, Sam
Phipp, Tom Phipp, Tom
Ellis, Danny Ellis, Danny
Attwood, Zac Attwood, Zac
Connolly, Reece Connolly, Reece
Deal Town
  • 1. James Tonkin
  • 2. Steven Butcher
  • 3. Steven O'Brien
  • 4. Kane Smith
  • 5. Liam Hark
  • 6. Lee Scott
  • 7. Luke Bigginton
  • 8. Andy Miller
  • 9. Ryan Philpott
  • 10. Sam Milson
  • 11. Harry Alexander
  • 12. Kyran Connolly
  • 13. Kristian Gregory
  • 14. Marshall Taderera
  • 15. Danny Smith
  • 16. Amir Zureiqi

League round up

Other Premier Division results

Bearsted
1
3
Cray Valley PM
3
1
Erith Town
2
0
Croydon
1
3
Whitstable Town
Hollands & Blair
2
3
Beckenham Town
Rochester United
1
3
AFC Croydon Athletic
Sevenoaks Town
2
0
Chatham Town
Sheppey United
1
2
Rusthall
Tunbridge Wells
1
1
Lordswood

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitstable Town 6 15
2. Sevenoaks Town 6 13
3. Crowborough Athletic 6 13
4. Croydon 7 13
5. Canterbury City 8 11
6. AFC Croydon Athletic 7 11
7. Corinthian 7 11

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