Crawley Green 2
Molten Spartan South Midlands
Harpenden Town v Crawley Green
Two goalkeeping howlers,
a dubious penalty and diabolical refereeing robbed Crawley in a 3-2
defeat at the hands of Harpenden Town.
the scoring after 12 minutes when Jon Barnett's free kick was turned
in at the far post by Rian MacDonald. The game turned in the
67th minute when a linesman flagged for a very dubious penalty
against Chris Harvey and Chris Gregory made no mistake from the
spot. Stand in keeper Scott Bates then made his first mistake
after 77 minutes when he dropped an innocuous shot at the feet of
James Hardy who duly converted from close range. Crawley
surged forward and drew level 7 minutes later through John Cooper
who latched on to a through ball from Rian MacDonald to score from
Crawley were then denied a clear cut penalty
in the 90th minute when Aaron Wilson was wrestled to the ground by
the Harpenden keeper. The referee ignored Crawley's protests
and a minute later Scott Bates managed to repeat his earlier error
when he again dropped the ball at the feet of James Hardy who
secured all 3 points for Harpenden. To add insult to injury
Scott Bates also got a parking ticket for failing to pay and display
in the local car
In mid week Crawley Green gained a hard earned point
in a 2-2 draw against London Colney.
the early stages and man of the match Tom Freeman opened the scoring
after 5 minutes when a miss kick from Robbie O'Dell fell kindly for
Freeman to finish from close range. Crawley doubled their
advantage after 17 minutes when Chris Harvey headed in a Rian
MacDonald free kick and minutes later Aaron Wilson should have put
Crawley 3 up when he went through with just the keeper to beat but
he failed to hit the target.
Colney made the
most of this let off and got back into the game with a Dave
Parkinson goal 2 minutes from half time. It took only 8
minutes after the break for Colney to draw level. Danny
Fitzgerald took full advantage of Crawley's slack marking and
finished well from 10 yards.
Crawley suffered an injury
blow to Stefan McNeilly after 75 minutes and it took 10 minutes to
stretcher the unfortunate McNeilly from the pitch.
sides continued to create chances and Luke Singleton and Aaron
Wilson both had opportunities to secure a win for Crawley although a
draw was probably a fair result on the night.
moment Crawley have no fixture next
Match reporter this week Mr Alan Clark