PICTURES: Crowborough share spoils in feisty encounter with strong Brighton side

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s
Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

In a feisty and rumbustious encounter Crowborough shared the spoils against a very strong bolstered Brighton side.

The locals started very slowly and it was the visitors who dominated the early proceedings.

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Lackadaisical defending saw Brighton open up the Crowborough defence with a well worked move for the opening goal. It came as no surprise when Brighton hit Crowborough on the break to take a two goal lead.

The Crows were indebted to goalkeeper Steve Downing who made several outstanding saves to keep the locals in the game. Gradually Crowborough woke from their slumber and started to play their way back into the match.

However it took a sublime pass from Chris Cowen to create the locals first goal which Sollie Cook coolly converted. Thereafter for the rest of the first half Crowborough dominated proceedings through the midfield control of Andy Elliott.

However despite several near misses the Crows went into the turnaround a goal behind.

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

The second half started badly when a clearance rebounded off a Brighton foot to restore the visitors two goal lead. With Brigton in the ascendancy the defence of Andy Fishenden, Rhys Herrington, and Mark Grunwell needed to provide resolute resistance and duly did so. Reinvigorated the locals took the game to Brighton. They were duly rewarded when Freddie Knott skipped past two bemused Brighton defenders to crack home a goal. This lifted Crowborough into a higher gear and the best goal of the game soon arrived. A majestic sweeping move with Phil Clark and Bob Burns providing quick and accurate passes saw Daniel Grunwell apply a first time finish to equalise.

The match proceeded to become an end to end affair as both sides searched for a winner. It was Brighton who scored their fourth goal when deft use of his physicality saw the visitors forward stroke the ball home. The locals countered however and an excellent Hamish Marr cross was expertly deflected into the goal by Matt Burns. Thereafter the locals laid siege to the Brighton goal but were unable to obtain a winner.

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s

Action from Crowborough 3s v Brighton 6s