Pagham 2 Crawley Down Gatwick 1: Anvils mauled by Lions

Luke Gedling for Horsham YM (white/black). Picture by Clive Turner SUS-140828-072656001

Luke Gedling for Horsham YM (white/black). Picture by Clive Turner SUS-140828-072656001

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Crawley Down Gatwick failed to build on a first minute lead before losing to comeback kings Pagham.

The Anvils put on pressure of their own, forcing goalkeeper James Binfield to come to the Lions’ rescue with a string of timely saves.

Michael Asare had a shot charged off the line while Crawley Down could have gone 2-­0 up as the ball was pinged back and forth across the Pagham goal area. 1­0 down

Ten minutes in and the equaliser came from a Josh Clack cross. Andy Brown bustled his way into the area, and a powerful header gave Bos no chance in the visitors’ goal.

Four minutes later the Lions were awarded a penalty in controversial circumstances. Matthew Gates needed lengthy treatment for the visitors, but referee Mr Small had already pointed to the spot after Ryan Morey was bought down. With Gates having to leave the field injured, and Mo Shuga’a substituted apparently on the advice of the referee, Scott Murfin was finally able to return to the job in hand for Pagham and despatched a confident spot kick past Seb Bos.

Bos did well to keep out a shot from Pagham after some sublime approach work from Morey.

Josh Alcock shot well over for Crawley Down, while BInfield followed this up with another good save from a visitors’ shot. Michael Asare almost added to his tally as a Clack cross was just headed off target.

The game then became a shooting match, both sides unable to add to their score, although a Pagham shot that pinged off the post deserved to give them their third goal.

Crawley Down Gatwick; Bos, Gates, Shuga’a, Goodwin, Johnston, Dodd, Alcock, Lane, Major, G.Rigler, S.Halliday; J.Upton, S.Broomfield, J.Ford, L.Lynsay