Fightback proves too late for spirited Crawley Down Gatwick

Crawley Down Gatwick lose 6-0 away against Redhill FC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140331-123405002
Crawley Down Gatwick lose 6-0 away against Redhill FC (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-140331-123405002

Crawley Down Gatwick mounted a fine fightback but it proved to be too little, too late against dominant Faversham.

Akwasi Fobi-Edusei pulled a goal back to provide an interestesting last ten minutes after Faversham had taken a 2-0 lead through goals by Dave Botterill in the first half and Renford Tenyure after the break.

Aaron Lacey hurled a ball into the Anvil box where Botterill was waiting to pounce and nodded home their opening goal.

The nearest Down had to an actual shot came on the half hour through Akwasi Fobi-Edusei and efforts from Fope Coker and a Steve Sargent strike that had giant ‘keeper Simon Overland easily flipping over.

The half ended with visitors’ Luke Harvey being replaced by the veteran former Crawley Town striker Danny Hockton.

For the second half the visitors slipped into command mode again with a Lacey cross being headed wide by Dan King.

Another nail in the Anvils’ coffin arrived when Hockton supplied the speedy Tenyure to charge threw the middle and fire past the exposed Luke Badioli.

On the hour a huge free-kick by keeper Overland found Aiden Sherlock but his shot was well over, another free-kick led to Botterill firing over, followed by Tenyure who somehow could only strike the upright with the goal at his mercy.

Faversham switched off during the last 15 minutes while the Anvils stepped up a gear culminating on 80 minutes when a seemingly innocent ball was tucked home by the lurking Edusei.

Despite further raids and corners in the closing stages, Faversham held firm until the end.

Down: Luke Badioli, Charlie Slocombe, Tom Skelton (Jamie Hills), Amini Djoumbe, Bakari-Smith, John Lansdale, Steve Sargent, Karl Akehurst, Ramone McCrae, Akwasi Fobi-Edusei, Fope Coker (Steve Hamilton).

Unused subs: Tom Frankland, Jidi Madako, Nadean Fusi.

Attendance: 94

Man of the Match: Amini Djoumbe