The Under 18’s took on Crowborough at home in their latest match hoping to continue their good start to the season, after the close encounter last week against Eastbourne Borough.
Daley Tucknott and George Collison returned to the starting line up which was an attacking one.
The team was rewarded with a goal after just 4 minutes when Ian Robinson was fouled on the wing, and Harry Millar sent over a great cross which was met by George Collison to head in off the crossbar. The team was playing good football and in control for the first 25 minutes with Harry going close with another shot that was saved well by the Crows keeper.
However from almost their first real attack Crows were level direct from a goal kick, the ball evading our defence and their forward slotted the ball home.
Ian Robinson was injured after 20 minutes and was replaced by Mike Baker. The home team took their foot off the gas and allowed the Crows into the game until the last 10 minutes of the half, then just 7 minutes before half time we scored our second goal. William Herriott received the ball and held it before rolling it to Mike, who passed it to Harry, who went onto score. 2-1 ahead at half time.
The team started slowly after the break and the Crows started to control the game winning most of the tackles allowing them to dictate play far more than in the first half. However we held out and Max Stevens had a good shot following a flick on from William and when William was fouled Harry took the free kick only to see his shot hit the top of the crossbar.
We thought we had been awarded a penalty but the Referee, after first pointing to the spot, changed his decision after consulting the Crows linesman.
Daley was replaced by Frazer Johnstone after 65 minutes and Ashley Foord replaced Max on 77 minutes.
However the Crows pressure was mounting and they equalised on 75 minutes and they were now looking for further goals. These came in a 5 minute spell towards the end of the match and despite some late pressure from the home team there was no further goals scored.
A disappointing result but hopefully the young team will learn from this type of game.
Luke Vidler, Fenton Boakes, Daley Tucknott,(Frazer Johnstone), Toby Cane, Max Stevens (Ashley Foord), Daniel Green, Harry Millar, Thomas Turner, William Herriott, George Collison, Ian Robinson (Mike Baker).