1st lose to Crawley Down Gatwick 0-2
Bridges drop out of Peter Bentley Cup
It's hard to understand how we are losing games like this. We had plenty of possession and, according to Paul Faili and the video, we had seventeen chances with the ball flying across Crawley Down's goal area, but for some reason we just don't seem to be able to get the ball across that line!
There were plenty of decent performances, and early indications were that we would go on to win comfortably as Nathan Crabb's pace led to new boys Andy Somo and Scott Day combining before the latter volleyed into the side netting.
Kieron Thorp did well to tip over Lee Thomas' cross shot as the visitors responded, and a rare sloppy pass by the otherwise industrious Lee Hall finished with Thorp gathering easily from Nick Sullivan's underhit effort.
Connor French then had a header saved as Kyne Newman-Knott crossed, Day had a volley held well by Seb Bos and Crabb was wide of the far post when he seemed certain to score.
The ball just wouldn't go in for us despite our mounting number of chances, and after 53 minutes we fell to a sucker punch as a swift break left Nick Sullivan clear to apply a good finish as Thorp tried to force him wide.
Equalising opportunities came and went before Liam Collins was adjudged to have fouled Oli Leslie just inside the box, and the giant striker stroked home the 70th minute penalty himself. Down had more chances of their own on the break, but we continued to attack and praise has to be given to Down's defensive determination, especially when Trevor McCreadie had one cleared off the line a minute from the end of normal time.
So, two Cup exits in the space of four days. Surely it can only get better!
Referee: Lee Martin-Cramp
Aerotron Man of the Match: Kyne Newman-Knott
Report by Alf Blackler