Crawley Down Gatwick’s love affair with cup competitions continued with the 3-1 slaying of their Ryman neighbours East Grinstead in the Sussex Senior Cup.
In blustery conditions the Wasps were the first to open proceedings with Michael Death ( EP lastsetting up Dorian Spencer for a shot turned away for the first corner, just after Matt Geard had his free-kick charged down for yet another corner.
Anvils as is their want started slowly and it took 10 mins before their first attempt which came with Mo Shuga’a setting up Grant Rigler who rather scuffed his shot, at this early stage it looked as if the Anvils had set their stall out with what appeared to be ten men wall behind the ball with just Rigler upfront, thereby encouraging the Wasps to attack and then to be caught on the counter hopefully, if that was the intent then it worked perfectly with all three goals coming that way.
On 20 Wasps Keiran Pamment had a shot richochet into Seb Bos’s arms, freekicks and corners followed but the Anvils coped well with the pressure and bided their time for the counter, this duly happened on the half hour when the break came with the Wasps light at the back, which enabled Rigler to find Josh Alcock in space whom deftly struck the ball home.
The Wasps suitably stirred then raised their game with a hopeful punt upfield by Dan Turner, on 34 the nearest attempt yet came with Leyton Schaaf slipping his marker to fire at Bos but the keeper was alert enough to tip over the effort, further Wasps attempts proved futile as the Anvil ten men sat back and waited for them to come forward and hopefully pick them off yet again.
With the second half starting and the visitors kicking toward the Kop End the home support waited for the Wasps response, it soon came with Turners cross being taken by Bos, followed by Mark Zydoniks free-kick also finding the keeper.
The Anvils tho under pressure were relying a lot on Shuga’a whom on the right flank was the main instigator for all things Anvil with his powerful runs, and on 58 came the goal of the season when from another lung bursting run from the halfway line he supplied the cross that the lurking Alcock hit on the volley to send the ball screaming past the bemused keeper Christie into the back of the net, sensational finish!
More changes on the hour for both benches with Steve Major replacing Clive Zammit and Guy Harding on for the Wasps as the visitors went for broke, with a jinking run from Turner, come 73 and a Wasp reply starting from wingman AJ Morrison’s cross being picked up by Schaff who found time and space to rifle past Bos for the visitors’ opener.
Twenty minutes to go as both sets of supporters roared on their favourites, with Anvillians nervously chewing of fingernails hoping they could hang on as the Wasps upped the ante in a frantic bid to restore parity, with Major helping out Rigler upfront this tended to give the Wasps another problem as they had to attack, but with the clock running down it was the homesters who wrote the final chapter, when countering another Wasp charge the ball was cleared upfield to Major on the left who passed inside to the waiting Rigler who in acres of space had time to amble forward and supply the coup de grace.
DOWN: Seb Bos 2. Sonny Barton 3. Jacob Wright 4. Sam Broomfield (Geo Wallis) 5. Blair Cooney 6. Charlie Dodd 7. Mo Shuga’a 8. Mark Barnard 9. Grant Rigler 10. Clive Zammit (Steve Major) 11. Josh Alcock.