Lines drives The Greens on to first home point, despite Munday set-back
Skipper inspires the ten men to fight back and move up the table
With both teams too near the bottom of the table for their liking, a nervous match may have been expected and so it proved. With top scorer Dean Powles unavailable, Chris Allen was able to call on the services of Kofi Lockhart-Adams and Spencer Bellotti up front. But although this pair have undoubted talents, they don’t have the drive of players like Gary Lines and Matt Wooster. Wooster started on the bench after being injured early on in Saturday’s game at Wembley. The Greens had an early scare in this match. A free-kick conceded by Ben Bradley, was saved low by Luca Gaster, but the ball squirmed from his grasp. Luckily the ball was not immediately controlled by one of the two onrushing forwards. It went forward and was put into the goal by the other attacker, who fortunately for the home side was the further forward of the two. Only having Gaster between him and the goal line when the missed control by his team-mate occurred. A situation that would be difficult to recreate or repeat in practice. A correct offside decision meant that The Greens got away with it. On 22 minutes Bellotti was released by a combination of Lockhart-Adams and Lines. But the visiting ‘keeper saved with his legs. Six minutes later the two forwards combined to set Lines up 20 yards out, but his shot lacked power. It was certainly not one way though, in an open game. On 39 minutes Crawley Green found themselves in front. A Gaster roll-out was surrendered by the defence. Sodique Thompson found the roof of the net from 30 yards, after quickly controlling the loose ball. In the dying moments of the half, Holmer suffered another blow.
The away centre-forward who was caught offside many times on the night, got behind the defence legitimately for once. A tangle with Dean Munday was considered by both Referee and Assistant to be denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity. A Red Card was produced for Munday, but home supporters can recall many occasions when similar comings together at the “other end” have not produced the same result. HT 0-1
With Alex Murray moving to centre-back from midfield and Wooster coming on for the injured James Burrell, Holmer was actually looking more cohesive and dangerous than in the first half. But of course being a man down, they would always be more susceptible to a counter attack. Ryan Parsons replaced Ben Booker on the hour, and 10 minutes later The Greens equalised. Lockhart-Adams timed his short pass perfectly for the oncoming Lines. Faced with the bulky away custodian coming out, he bravely took both feet to the shins as he slid the ball under the advancing opponent. On 78 minutes a Parsons cross picked out Lines whose firm downward header was parried away by the Crawley ‘keeper. The Greens looked the more likely winners now, but will be pleased to have grabbed a point from a poor-looking situation. They moved two places up to thirteenth as a result. The point was most welcome, after home defeats to three of the division’s top four clubs.
Team: Gaster, Booker, Bradley, Lines, Munday, James Britnell, Curtis Stone, Murray, Bellotti, Lockhart-Adams, Burrell.
Substitutes Used: Wooster, Parsons, & Tom Peddle-James.
Substitutes Not Used: Leo Blackman, & Anthony Tyson.