Saxons edged out at Crawley

Alex Coombs scored one and made one during South Saxons' narrow defeat at Crawley
Alex Coombs scored one and made one during South Saxons' narrow defeat at Crawley

Despite a spirited performance, South Saxons extended their winless streak to six league matches with a narrow 3-2 defeat against Crawley on Saturday.

Saxons were soon two goals behind against a physical Crawley side which occupies fourth place in South Hockey League Kent/Sussex - Regional 2.

Crawley’s first goal came from Seb Watson, who struck his effort into the roof of the net after a defence splitting pass from brother Alex. The hosts bagged their second moments later when Steven Innes smashed home following a well worked team move.

Saxons, though, halved their deficit through Rob Whitehouse after a driving run into the D from Alex Coombs, who was taken out as he released the ball - an incident which went unpunished by the referee.

Crawley extended their advantage just before the break with a bizarre own goal off Saxons goalkeeper Quentin Wedmore’s foot. Saxons pushed forward after the restart, reducing the arrears quickly when Coombs fired the ball through the Crawley goalkeeper’s legs from a short corner.

An unlikely draw looked possible with five minutes to go, but the second-bottom visitors were unable to conjure up an equaliser despite mounting sustained pressure.

Saxons: Wedmore, Welch, Ford, Cload, Ford, Buss, Cornish, Coombs, Stainsby, Reece, J. Bunday, Busbridge. Subs: Whitehouse, Reed.

Standings (played-points): 1 Blackheath & OE 8-19, 2 Brighton & Hove II 8-16, 3 Lewes II 8-16, 4 Crawley 7-16, 5 King’s & Alleyn’s 7-14, 6 Sevenoaks II 8-10, 7 Mid-Sussex 8-10, 8 Cliftonville 6-6, 9 Sutton Valence II 7-6, 10 SOUTH SAXONS 7-5, 11 Canterbury III 8-0.