Crawley’s final league game of the season would be a chance to finish the league off in style and also a chance to win the game and win the league out right.
In an earlier start than usual Crawley were still waiting at 12 for the opponent who though the start was an hour later than it was after a lot of messing around the game got underway. With the home side eager to get on the front foot early on with the ball pace high and the movement up front and into the channels even better it wasn’t long before Crawley were ahead a nice pass into the area found Seb Watson unmarked and his first time shot went under the keeper to make it 1-0.
This seemed to calm the nerves and Crawley kept piling forward there were a few more excellent chances for Seb Watson and Reece Banton but some excellent goal keeping kept the game at 1-0. However the pressure was all Crawley and BBHC were struggling to get the ball clear and the goals started to flow as first Steve Innes and then Kieran Fuller and Carl Wright all added goals. It was all ready starting to look how many Crawley might score as the visitors struggled to put any possession together as the defence of Brightwell, Yousaf and Bettesworth along with Alex Watson stopped any attacking play that the visitors managed to muster.
The visitors did manage to get a goal though as a shot from the left of Crawley circle deflected off Gate and past a helpless Westwood. Crawley managed to answer back however and a well worked short corner routine saw Fuller find the net again to make it 5-1 on the stroke of half time.
Coach Frimley was please with the way the game was going and with the opposition tiring all ready it looked like the game might all ready be up. Crawley knew they needed to go about it in a professional manner and try to inflict as much punishment as they could. But with the ball being moved around at a high pace and the movement and support of the man on the ball being good it seemed certain crawley would score more.
The second half started with another goal for Fuller this time a defensive error gave him the ball unmarked 1-1 with the keeper to lob him into the empty net 6-1. There was a bit of a lull with the opposition having their best period of the game they managed to string a few passes around and get a couple of short corners which were well defended by Westwood and the other defenders on the line. Crawley were doing far too much individual work and had moved away from all the things that tore open BBHC in the first half but as the first ten minutes came to an end BBHC had given as much as they could Crawley kicked it up a gear and the goals started flowing again with Steve Innes getting two more which were expertly donked into the net and also Carl Wright and Captain Watson also adding to the scoring before the end of the game to make it a 10-1 lead. The wide play from midfield Maccaoilte who finished with a couple of assists was outstanding both going forwards and getting back to help out the defence.
There were many more chances before the end as the visitors looked out on their feet but it was a convincing win, a title winning victory and first part of a hopefully historic double for Crawley.
Captain Alex Watson said: “It was a excellent display from us today in what became quite tough conditions at the beginning it was hard to keep our minds on the game as we were unsure where BBHC were but we had to keep our minds on the challenge in hand.
“But once we got the game underway we were fantastic for most of the game barring a 5 or 10 minute spell here or there we completely dominated all aspects of the game. From front to back we each beat our opposition number today and the score could have been even worse for BBHC if it had not been for some truly outstanding saves by their keeper. It feels brilliant to have won the league which is something the club hasn’t done since 98/99 we hope this is the start of what could be a truly memorable season for us.
“If we show up like we have in our last two home games scoring 17 goals and conceding just 2 we will be difficult to beat. We owe this title to coach frimley and Steve Wright and to anyone who has been down to support us through the season. Once again id like to invite anyone who can get to Lea Valley on the 2nd May to the hockey centre at the old Olympic park to please come down and support us we start at 11.30 we will try our best to bring home the trophy.”
It feels brilliant to have won the league which is something the club hasn’t done since 98/99 we hope this is the start of what could be a truly memorable season for usAlex Watson