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First Team - Match centre

Crowborough Athletic
Erith Town
T Phipp (48'), J Barton (92')
Full time
M Olufeko (74')
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - Southern Counties East Football League - Premier Division Attendance 119

LATE WINNER SO ERITH DOCKED THE POINTS.

Barton strikes in added-on time to get the three points for the Crows.

Not a classic, but does it matter?
This match will not last long in the memory on its own but may well do should the Crows achieve their aim of winning the title or promotion in the end. People will reflect on the season should the club end up leaving the SCEFL for season 2018/19 and thoughts will turn to games where a defeat was turned in to a draw or victory and a draw ended up in the Crows getting three points when one looked most likely.
You only have to look our last couple of home games against Canterbury City and this one against the Dockers which prove the point as last minute goals earnt the three points and made the mood of the players and supporters so much better. No one will remember how good or bad the game was, just that the players kept going until the end and got the points in the end that made the difference, well, we hope so anyway.
The Crows started very well for the first 10 minutes and were on top from the kick-off but gradually, the away side started to come back in to the game and really should have gone 1-0 up when Charles had a good chance from 10 yards out but his powerful volley was pushed on to the underside of the crossbar by a great save from Ellis and whilst the rebound hit the goalie on his back, the ball stayed out and was cleared.
Whilst the Crows had the greater possession throughout the match, in the first half the play from both sides was rather scrappy and good chances were few and far between, therefore, it was no surprise to those watching that it was 0-0 as the players left the field for the half time interval.
As they had done at the start of the first, Crows started to exert some pressure on the away side and took the league in the 49th minute when Phipp fired the ball home from 8 yards out after a punch by the Erith 'keeper fell at his feet.
However, it didn't open up the game that much and both teams were still giving the ball away too easily, chances were still at a premium and whilst some did occur neither goalie was tested that much and it began to look like 1-0 might be enough to get the points for the Crows. Unfortunately, it became 1-1 in the 74th minute, a cross came in from the Crows right and Ellis shouted, very loudly, "keepers", unfortunately, Olufeku beat the goalie to the ball and headed it in to the empty net.
Goldsmith replaced the injured Unwin in the 24th minute and as time was wasting away in the second half, Treleaven and Cole were brought in with only 10 minutes or so to go for Stone and debutant, Taiwo, who had a good game and was awarded the Crows Man of the Match award.
There was a sting in the tail for the Dockers though as the match entered in to added-on time as a period of pressure saw their goalie fail to punch the ball away satisfactorily again and Phipp was able to head the ball back towards the goal and despite it looking like the ball was heading in to the goal anyway, Barton made sure by heading it in to the empty goal, much to the delight of everyone supporting the Crows.
Not long after the final whistle blew, the Crows elated with the win and the points, the Dockers down in the dumps after conceding the winner so late. Perhaps the end result was harsh on Erith Town and perhaps a draw would have been a fair result but as we are battling for promotion, we have to look after ourselves and celebrate the win, irrespective of how good or bad the performance was.

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Solomon Taiwo

Player of the Match

Solomon Taiwo

Key moments

48:00
Goal Tom Phipp scores for Crowborough Athletic
74:00
Goal Mayowa Olufeko scores for Erith Town
90:00 +2:00
Goal Jason Barton scores for Crowborough Athletic

Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Solomon Taiwo is awarded player of the match for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +2:00 Goal 2 - 1
Jason Barton scores for Crowborough Athletic
90:00 +2:00 Assist
Tom Phipp makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic
79:00 Sub Off
Solomon Taiwo is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
79:00 Sub On
Sam Cole is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
77:00 Sub On
Ollie Milton is substituted on for Erith Town
77:00 Sub Off
Ken Charles is substituted off for Erith Town
75:00 Sub Off
Adrian Stone is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
75:00 Sub On
Ross Treleaven is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
74:00 Yellow Card
Dan Tear is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
74:00 Goal 1 - 1
Mayowa Olufeko scores for Erith Town
65:00 Missed Shot
Adrian Stone misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
48:00 Assist
Tom Vickers makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic
48:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tom Phipp scores for Crowborough Athletic
End of period 1
44:59 Missed Shot
Solomon Taiwo misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
23:00 Sub On
Marcus Goldsmith is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
23:00 Sub Off
Lewis Unwin is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
19:00 Missed Shot
Solomon Taiwo misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
15:00 Missed Shot
Mayowa Olufeko misses a shot for Erith Town
7:00 Missed Shot
Ken Charles misses a shot for Erith Town
4:00 Saved Shot
Zac Attwood has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
1:00 Saved Shot
Henry Muggeridge has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Crowborough Athletic
  • Erith Town
  • 0
  • Lewis Unwin Sub Off 23:00'
  • Marcus Goldsmith Sub On 23:00'
  • Tom Vickers Assist 48:00'
  • Tom Phipp Goal 48:00'
  • Dan Tear Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Mayowa Olufeko Goal 74:00'
  • Adrian Stone Sub Off 75:00'
  • Ross Treleaven Sub On 75:00'
  • Ken Charles Sub Off 77:00'
  • Ollie Milton Sub On 77:00'
  • Solomon Taiwo Sub Off 79:00'
  • Sam Cole Sub On 79:00'
  • Tom Phipp Assist 90:00 +2:00'
  • Jason Barton Goal 90:00 +2:00'

Team selection

Ellis, Daniel Ellis, Daniel
Barton, Jason Barton, Jason
Turner, Jack Turner, Jack
Tear, Dan Tear, Dan
Unwin, Lewis Unwin, Lewis
Muggeridge, Henry Muggeridge, Henry
Phipp, Tom Phipp, Tom
Vickers, Tom Vickers, Tom
Taiwo, Solomon Taiwo, Solomon
Attwood, Zac Attwood, Zac
Stone, Adrian Stone, Adrian
Erith Town
  • 1. Adam Molloy
  • 2. Cameron Lovatt
  • 3. Sam Fairweather-Oates
  • 4. James Day
  • 5. Jack Duffy
  • 6. Jack Hopper
  • 7. Jack Bray
  • 8. Harrison Hume
  • 9. Mayowa Olufeko
  • 10. Sidney Warden
  • 11. Ken Charles
  • 12. Steven Ita
  • 13. Ollie Milton
  • 14. Steadman Callender
  • 15. Peter Dale
  • 16. Lewis Mitchell (GK)

League round up

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2
3
Lordswood
1
0
Rusthall
0
1
Deal Town
Croydon
3
1
Cray Valley PM
Hollands & Blair
3
2
Rochester United
Sevenoaks Town
4
2
Beckenham Town
Tunbridge Wells
1
1
Chatham Town

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Sevenoaks Town 35 79
2. Whitstable Town 34 73
3. Crowborough Athletic 34 69
4. Croydon 38 62
5. Beckenham Town 35 60
6. Cray Valley PM 36 60
7. Canterbury City 38 56

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