Crawley once again started with a much changed lineup as they looked to capitalise on last weeks excellent win against Worthing. Missing midfield maestro Alex Coote (broken wife, get well soon), Thomas Mackintosh (scottish, get well soon) and umpire Chris Rockingham (stag do), Danny Evans and the Murphys stepped in to help out. Today the opposition was a Chichester side who wanted the game called off due to the miserable conditions at Hazelwick.
Crawley started well and had the wind in their sails but it was all too much for Daniel Evans who Vinny Jonesed himself into the umpires book after 25 seconds. The first chance of the game presented itself to none other than James Fuller, with the goal gaping like Rockers at a buffet the first time finish was very much on the cards, but Fuller went with the take a touch and top it wide option. However, redemption was not far away as minutes later fuller crashed home a deflected shot for one nil.
Crawley continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded through the silky, sexy, sumptuous skills of Theobald hillman, who rounded the keeper and reversed it home for a two goal advantage. Crawley defended high and Chichester attacks were snuffed out by some good saves from Luke Murphy and some solid defending on short corners. Chichester managed to sneak a goal from a momentary lapse in concentration but the rehabilitated Danny Evans restored the two goal advantage into the break from a well worked short corner.
The plan for the second half was to consolidate the victory and James Murphy duly flicked into the corner of the chichester goal. A good old romping was on the cards, but Chichester had other ideas. Sometimes, even the mighty must fall and Priyesh Patel inexplicably hit the deck with nobody around him, the opposition laughed and then started to pile on the pressure. A short corner squeezed through Murphy's legs and landed on Patel's big toe for a penalty flick that was converted by Chichester.
Some green cards followed for Gary Marlow who tried to umpire the game himself and Oliver Robinson for some foul and abusive language, that is exactly what we have come to expect from the Po Po these days :(
With Chichester in the ascendancy, they reduced the deficit to a single goal. It was backs to the walls until the final whistle but Crawley held on for the victory.
Luke Murphy, Ian Berry, Simon Teale, Olly Robinson, Priyesh Patel, Kane Paterson, James Murphy, Dan Evans, Liam Mulcahy, Theo Hillman, James Fuller, Gary Marlow, Jonny Lewis-Brown
Scorers: James Fuller, Theo Hillman, Dan Evans, James Murphy