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Crowborough Athletic
T Vickers (85')
Full time
J Wells (44')
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Southern Counties East Football League - Premier Division Attendance 113


The number of games recently in quick succession is taking its toll on the squa.

Promotion nerves are affecting the top teams.
In Lordswood's last game they drew 1-1 at home to leaders Sevenoaks Town after being 1-0 down, in this game they went 1-0 up but conceded late on, Vickers finishing off one of the best moves of the game in the 85th minute.
Despite our emphatic win away against them earlier in the season, it's clear that they have improved over time and are no pushover for any team they face. In this match they were well organised and worked hard throughout the game to protect their lead in the second half but perhaps, that was their mistake in the end and it may have been better for them to show more ambition in the second 45 minutes.
As per the norm at this time of the season the weather tends to get warmer and the pitches become hard, bumpy and lacking grass in certain areas therefore, making passing and controlling the ball difficult for both teams. Add the fact that due to the wet weather the country saw in late February and throughout March, teams are now having to play catch-up with their fixtures and having to play four games in eight days, five in eleven, six in fifteen, seven in seventeen, eight in nineteen and nine in twenty-one, when it comes to the Crows anyway.
Apart from the number of fixtures and the condition of the pitches the games are played on, a few other factors contribute to performances and quality of the matches dipping below those seen earlier in the campaign. Suspensions are one, injuries are another, promotion nerves and the necessity to rotate the squad to cover all circumstances that arise play apart too.
This match was not a classic by any means and in some ways it had an end of season feel to it, the Crows knew that had to do all they could to get the three points but sometimes the body and mind tell you as a player something different. Lordswood only really had pride to play for and looking at their results they seem to raise their game when they play a team near the top of the table.
The Crows started well and clearly wanted to get an early goal, something that would more than likely give them an energy boost but despite one or two good chances, notably from Muggeridge and Stone, the play degenerated somewhat and became a midfield battle and with the ball spending too much time in the air.
The away side didn't have their first effort at goal until the 29th minute, Blake firing wide from distance and apart from those early chances the only incidents of note were the bookings, Boddy for a tackle, Cook for tugging Stone back and Muggeridge, who looked like he may have been fouled inside the area, receiving a card for simulation.
The Lords perhaps should have taken the lead in the 40th minute, Kane through on goal but his shot from point blank range was excellently saved by Burbridge in the Crows goal and the ball was eventually cleared. However, they did take the lead in the 44th minute, the Crows failed to clear a cross to the back post and the ball was put across to Wells in the six yard box for a tap-in for 1-0 to the visitors.
At the break the Crows made a substitution, Carrington going off and Crabb coming on in his place. The Crows started the second period like they did the first, on the front foot but this time, they sustained the pressure for a lot longer. Both Phipp and Barton had a chance at the back post in the 47th minute from a cross but the ball was headed wide.
The away side had decided, it seemed to me anyway, to sit deep and hold on to what they had and hitting on the break if they could, something that happened in the 54th minute, Burbridge saving the effort from Carter easily.
Another couple of quick bookings happened in the 57th and 62nd minute, Cole of the Crows for an attempted trip and Huggins for the Lords for a foul on Phipp, who surely must be the most fouled Crow player during the season, he does take some stick in games.
Perry replaced Taiwo in the 65th minute and his first touch should have seen the ball rippling the back of the net but unfortunately he misshit his shot inside the six-yard box and the ball was eventually cleared.
As time was running down, the Crows made their last substitution, Loft coming on for Stone in then78th minute whilst the Lords replaced Carter with Wooldridge in the 84th minute. However, it became 1-1 in the 85th minute, Vickers slotting the ball home from ten yards out after a ball from Crabb found him inside the area.
The visitors were more keen than ever now to hold on to a point, taking Mahon off and bringing Webb on in the 89th minute. Eventually the final whistle blew after 90+3 minutes and a point a piece it was, a better result for the visitors than the home side when taken in to context.
With the league leaders losing rather surprisingly 5-2 at home to Sheppey United and Whitstable Town needing an added-on time equaliser for the second game on the trot at home, this time against Beckenham Town, many Crows may see this result as two points dropped but it does show the pressure and the nerves the top three sides are currently playing under, game after game.
The Crows now go to Bearsted on Tuesday before facing Sheppey United at home on the Thursday. Let's hope the players can get those aching limbs working once again the way we know they can play as only two wins will do if we are to remain in the promotion race and to put pressure on the top two.

Train with the Best - Win a training session with the England 6-a-side squad

Key moments

Goal Jordan Wells scores for Lordswood
Goal Tom Vickers scores for Crowborough Athletic


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89:00 Sub On
Bradley Webb is substituted on for Lordswood
89:00 Sub Off
Jack Mahon is substituted off for Lordswood
85:00 Assist
Sam Crabb makes an assist for Crowborough Athletic
85:00 Goal 1 - 1
Tom Vickers scores for Crowborough Athletic
84:00 Sub On
Thomas Wooldridge is substituted on for Lordswood
84:00 Sub Off
Tom Carter is substituted off for Lordswood
78:00 Sub Off
Adrian Stone is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
78:00 Sub On
Shaun Loft is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
70:00 Missed Shot
Tom Phipp misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
66:00 Missed Shot
Dan Perry misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
65:00 Sub On
Dan Perry is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
65:00 Sub Off
Solomon Taiwo is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
63:00 Missed Shot
Tom Vickers misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
62:00 Yellow Card
James Huggins is yellow carded for Lordswood
57:00 Yellow Card
Sam Cole is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
54:00 Saved Shot
Tom Carter has a shot saved for Lordswood
47:00 Missed Shot
Jason Barton misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
46:00 Sub Off
Sam Carrington is substituted off for Crowborough Athletic
46:00 Sub On
Sam Crabb is substituted on for Crowborough Athletic
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jordan Wells scores for Lordswood
40:00 Saved Shot
Joseph Kane has a shot saved for Lordswood
33:00 Missed Shot
Jason Hollick misses a shot for Lordswood
31:00 Yellow Card
Henry Muggeridge is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
29:00 Missed Shot
George Blake misses a shot for Lordswood
23:00 Saved Shot
Adrian Stone has a shot saved for Crowborough Athletic
23:00 Yellow Card
Gary Cook is yellow carded for Lordswood
19:00 Yellow Card
Tom Boddy is yellow carded for Crowborough Athletic
2:00 Missed Shot
Henry Muggeridge misses a shot for Crowborough Athletic
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Crowborough Athletic
  • Lordswood
  • 0
  • Tom Boddy Yellow Card 19:00'
  • Gary Cook Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Henry Muggeridge Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Jordan Wells Goal 44:00'
  • Sam Carrington Sub Off 46:00'
  • Sam Crabb Sub On 46:00'
  • Sam Cole Yellow Card 57:00'
  • James Huggins Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Solomon Taiwo Sub Off 65:00'
  • Dan Perry Sub On 65:00'
  • Adrian Stone Sub Off 78:00'
  • Shaun Loft Sub On 78:00'
  • Tom Carter Sub Off 84:00'
  • Thomas Wooldridge Sub On 84:00'
  • Sam Crabb Assist 85:00'
  • Tom Vickers Goal 85:00'
  • Jack Mahon Sub Off 89:00'
  • Bradley Webb Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Burbridge, Ryan Burbridge, Ryan
Boddy, Tom Boddy, Tom
Barton, Jason Barton, Jason
Tear, Dan Tear, Dan
Muggeridge, Henry Muggeridge, Henry
Cole, Sam Cole, Sam
Taiwo, Solomon Taiwo, Solomon
Vickers, Tom Vickers, Tom
Phipp, Tom Phipp, Tom
Carrington, Sam Carrington, Sam
Stone, Adrian Stone, Adrian
  • 1. Ryan Chandler
  • 2. Frank Griffin
  • 3. Jason Hollick
  • 4. George Blake
  • 5. Gary Cook
  • 6. Joseph Kane
  • 7. Tom Carter
  • 8. James Huggins
  • 9. Jack Mahon
  • 10. Jordan Wells
  • 11. Helge Orome
  • 12. Lennie Laker
  • 13. Bradley Webb
  • 14. Carl Harrold
  • 15. Thomas Wooldridge
  • 16. Adam Hooper

League round up

Other Premier Division results

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Chatham Town
Erith Town
Cray Valley PM
Deal Town
Hollands & Blair
Sevenoaks Town
Sheppey United
Tunbridge Wells
Rochester United
Whitstable Town
Beckenham Town


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Sevenoaks Town 38 88
2. Whitstable Town 38 82
3. Crowborough Athletic 38 72
4. Beckenham Town 38 69
5. Croydon 39 65
6. Cray Valley PM 38 63
7. Deal Town 38 60

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