Horsham 4-2 Crowborough
A Pre-assist Is just as important as an assist
It was a big day for the leagues top dogs. With second place in the league nipping at the heels, it was a perfect opportunity to send a message to the rest of the wannabe leaders. That message was left in a drunken voicemail to Barry Holmes by Major Marrow Mikey Campbell, to the tune of Lionel Ritchies' "Hello".
A good team warm up carried out whilst inspecting the new buildings around BBH gave the boys an insight as to the level of seriousness that they were facing today, after seeing the local playground fenced off. Probably for the best that we leave that there.
The whistle blew and the boys were hot on it straight away. Some solid passing and top runs through the midfield saw Horsham applying early pressure. The first goal came from a glorious play by Billy Billington. He took the ball as clean as you like it, whilst on the run, found himself in the D, with a stumbling keeper barreling towards him before pulling the ball to his left and flicking it slightly over said keeper the see the ball just about to roll over the line before the most serious of crimes happened. Robocop, Stephen Grout found himself 3 millimeters away from the goal line, when he found the ball on track for the back board and decided that he would have a go himself. A nervous sweat breaking on his brow, Grout swung for the ball, missed it, fell over, and the but of his stick knocked the ball over the line. Billy has decided to press charges.
Crowborough hit back with a goal against the soon to be "on the register" Tom Surridge. It was a moment of weakness. We are sorry, you expect better, we can be better, and we will be better.
Half time came with the teams at 1-1. No-one let their heads drop. This is a different 3's team than the world had ever seen. Horsham came flying out of the break with a tenacity that a Jack Russell would admire. A bit of unfortunate slip ups saw Crowborough overturn the ball and start to apply a lot of pressure to the D. This is always risky. The pressure became too much for Thomas the Tank Engine Surridge, who decided to release the pressure by blasting a "woo" after knocking out a small child for being "too lippy". The ball got played out to Beanmaster general, who slipped the ball up to Smithy, who in turn played it inside to Spiers. Spiers burst up the pitch at speed to pass the Crowborough Midfield, slipping the ball left to Billy on the far left, who slotted the ball straight in to the opposing D and found Kimbo on the far post who happily put the ball under the keeper for a goal. Earning Spiers his first "pre-assist" (patent pending) of the game.
Crowborough scored again from a weak set of passes in the D that found Horsham Keeper Tom enraged, so much so that children all around ran away... back to the half way line, as is the tradition. Again, we will be better.
Horsham started the game again feeling a tad cheated by the weak goal, but decided it wouldn't do to sit and pout about it. Putting the pressure straight on to the opposing defense, the ball was intercepted by Spiers who whilst running goal bound, spotted what was described as a captain caveman lookalike, and passed the ball to the open beard on the top of the D, who slipped it to Grout on the goal line to get his second*** of the game. This was Spiers' second Pre-assist of the game.
The lads were buzzing. 3-2 was enough for the win, but not the win the boys wanted. Horsham persisted. Passing the ball around Crowborough until they were falling over themselves. Some passing around between Beany, Phil and smithy saw the ball end up with Phil Butcher on the 25, who slipped to Spiers at the top of the D, who took a one time shot, straight past the keeper finding Horshams' 4th of the day.
The game slowly wound down. Spiers finding him self at the top of the D and having a mishit that left him spinning like a ballerina before subbing off. But enough had been done. The whistle went, and Horsham were 5 points clear at the top of the table, finding themselves on 10 league games unbeaten.
Teas - Sausage, Beans and Chips, (best post-match meal)
Goals - Grout 2*, Kimbo 1, Spiers 1
Assists - Billy 2, Crawley 1, Butcher 1
Pre-assists - Spiers 2
Next week, Top vs Bottom