Sussex Senior Cup
Crawley Down Gatwick 8 Saltdean Utd 0
Down made it 3-0 on 40 minutes when Sonny Barton hoisted a shot that just drifted under the bar to give the homesters a three-goal cushion at half-time.”Crawley Down Gatwick reporter Mick May
On a day when the weather turned for the worse and the rain arrived to dump gallons of water on the pitch many thought the game would be in doubt, but despite the rain throughout the pitch held up well.
The bad weather though was enough to deter many from attending a good entertaining match in which despite the Anvils dominance Saltdean worked hard althrough and never gave up.
The Anvils soon slipped into attacking mode with first Oli Leslie breaking through to score with just two minutes on the clock, 1-0 Anvils.
On 15 Luke Trotter found Leslie but his shot was charged down, come 18 and it was Sonny Barton on a charge that found Leslie but the striker was to be denied again.
The Salts had a free-kick on 23 minutes taken by Jordan Peskett that flew high and wide, but really as an attacking force they didn’t pose much of a threat.
Sam Cane exploited a gap to notch the Anvil second. 2-0 Anvils.
Down made it 3-0 on 40 minutes when Sonny Barton hoisted a shot that just drifted under the bar to give the homesters a three-goal cushion at half-time. HT 3-0 Anvils.
Come the second half with the Anvils kicking toward the Kop, home support waited expectantly, and they were not to be denied as the Anvils went for gold, with a corner by Harry Lowe being beaten out, then Leslie’s shot being turned away, on 52 Cane’s hard work was rewarded with number four, minutes later the dangerous Luke Trotter got on the scoresheet with a shot that may have come off a defender as it entered the net. 5-0 Anvils.
Saltdean at this stage were chasing shadows in trying to keep the ravenous Anvils at bay, and were permanently stuck in their own half, as the goals continued to flow with a Cane header on 70 followed 6-0 Anvils.
Minutes later by Trotter heading home a corner to make it 7-0 Anvils, finally on 90 Cane supplied the coup de grace with the final goal to end a somewhat hefty scoreline FT 8-0. Anvils.
Crawley Down: Andy Greaves, Sonny Barton, Hass Shurmahi (Lee Thomas), Mike Spence, Blair Cooney (James Day), Tom Agate, Harry Lowe, Dave Houlders, Sam Cane, Oli Leslie (Ben Brooker), Luke Trotter.
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