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Crows are on the up

By Sussex Courier  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

  • IN THE GOALS: The in-form Josh Biddlecombe, right, scorer of Crowborough's second goal

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CROWBOROUGH Athletic have hit a good run of form of late, but boss Dave Adams is refusing to get too carried away.

The Crows have beaten Selsey, Storrington and St Francis Rangers in the past three games and now lie 13th in Sussex County League division one.

"It is encouraging," Adams said. "We are starting to do the basics well. But we aren't getting too carried away. The good thing is that this season we are actually on the same number of games as all the teams in and around us. In the last two or three seasons we were four or five games ahead.

"It was a bit frightening to think if they won all their games they would go above us. But we're 13th at the moment and looking ahead to the second half of the season knowing there are teams in and around us we can take points off."

Crowborough got off to a flying start on Saturday, racing into a 2-0 lead before eventually beating St Francis Rangers 3-2.

Kevin Everest headed home Alex Rich's free-kick to give the hosts the lead on nine minutes and the in-form Josh Biddlecombe put them 2-0 up following good work from Alex McEwan and Sam Saunders down the right.

However, Rangers hit back before half-time through a bizarre Ben Head own goal. The visitors whipped in a cross which the Crows keeper completely misjudged, throwing the ball into his own net. Andy Mott then pulled them level with 13 minutes to go, but the Crows didn't fold and came up with a winner deep into stoppage time.

A deep free-kick was played into the box, Elliott Wood flicked it on and Calum Ridley fired home.

"It was very pleasing," Adams said. "It was your normal ups and downs over 90 minutes with us. We were two-up, conceded two and then scored in injury time. Just your normal day at the office. They've had a lot of good results against top sides recently, so it was nice to get three points and keep our mini run going."

And on the late, late winner Adams added: "We have shown a lot of character this year. We haven't started well and had to come from behind to win games, so it was refreshing to go two-up. But we sat off them and let them dictate. But the spirit we showed to come back in the dying seconds was pleasing."

The Crows don't have a game this weekend. They are next in action at home to Hailsham on December 22.

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