Sat 2nd Oct 2021
Spartan South Midlands Premier Division
Crawley Green 3-3 TAFC First team
TAFC goals: Kieran Turner, Cameron Brooks, Chris Blunden (pen)
Mistakes at the start and end of this game denied us our first three points of the season and an opportunity to move off the bottom of the table. Overall this was a good performance especially in the first half but a loss of concentration cost us the win.
The players minds must have still been in the changing rooms and the few supporters at the game were still finding their seats in the stand when we conceded a penalty after only 21 seconds which Taylor Rhiney confidently dispatched. Score 1-0.
Not a great start but fortunately we struck back within 2 minutes when Kieran Turner smacked home a stunning 35 yarder to level the scores. It was a terrific response and just what we needed from our skipper who capped a fine game by playing a big part in our other 2 goals. Surprisingly it was his first goal of the season but hopefully many more will follow now he has broken the ice. Score 1-1.
Spurred on by the goal we started to play the ball around nicely on the artificial turf unperturbed by the heavy rain and the planes flying by overhead from Luton airport. We certainly dominated possession although we had to rely on Dave Saunders tipping a shot from Lewis Osbourne onto the post to keep us from falling behind again.
In the 17th minute Harrison Cornick, who is shaping up to be a very good player, won the ball fairly off Charlie Clayton and laid it off to Kieran Turner who found Cameron Brooks on the left. Cameron stormed into the box and although his first shot was saved by keeper Mark Blower he was up quickly to stab home the loose ball. Cameron was another to open his account for the season and It put us deservedly in front. Score 1-2.
Unfortunately Charlie Clayton injured his knee in the incident and was replaced by Jake Tabor and we hope he makes a speedy recovery.
We continued to control the game without creating too many chances although some good play by Manny Gbejuade presented Cameron Brooks with an opening but his shot went just wide of the far post.
So after a terrible start we recovered well to put our noses in front. Half Time Score 1 2.
Our hosts started the second half on the front foot and drew level just before the hour mark with Taylor Rhiney firing across Dave Saunders into the far corner. Score 2-2.
It was undoubtedly a set back and our opponents started to look more threatening and more goals looked on the cards which was unsurprising as the 8 previous games had produced 37 of them.
The game was now evenly balanced but in the 80th minutes we were presented with a golden opportunity to take the initiative when Kieran Turner latched onto a long pass from Cameron Brooks but was taken out by the keeper for a penalty. Chris Blunden stepped up to convert the spot kick to put us back in front. Score 2-3.
With just 10 minutes plus added time left and with Green reduced to 10 players in the 86th minute after their right back Adam Hughes was sin binned we should have comfortably held on for the win but again a lack of concentration and poor game management proved to be costly when we gave another penalty away in the first minute of added time. Taylor Rhiney scored to level the scores and claim his hat-trick. Full Time Score 3 3
A disappointing result but there were some positives to take away from the game. We did very well to come back and score 3 goals after a very early set back and we did play some very attractive football. We are still in touching distance of the teams above us and we only need a change in fortunes before we start climbing the table.
After the game George Bogdan made Kieran Turner his MOM and I wouldnt disagree with his choice.
CG:1 Mark Blower 2 Adam Hughes 3 Isiah Brown-Smith 4 Kai Bucceiro 5 Kieran Floyd 6 Chris Cook (Capt) 7 Taylor Rhiney 8 Lewis Osbourne (12 Tariq Foster 73) 9 Wesley Iroegbu (14 Danny Blackman 55) 10 Charlie Clayton (15 Jake Tabor 19) 11 Luke Andrews. Sub not used: 16 Jaheim Bakinson.
TA:Dave Saunders, Harrison Cornick, Adam Sawyer James Ferguson, Harry Seabrook, George Carbery, Cameron Brooks, Evans Lamboh, Chris Blunden, Kieran Turner (Capt), Manny Gbejuade. Subs not used: Johnny Pitts (G/K), Joe Chott, Ali Mohinddin
CG:Taylor Rhiney 3 (Pen 2, 58, Pen 90+1)
TA:Kieran Turner (3). Cameron Brooks (17), Chris Blunden Pen (80)