Five-star Shoreham sink Crawley Down

Shoreham's Alex Laing fires in a shot against Crawley Down
Shoreham's Alex Laing fires in a shot against Crawley Down

SHOREHAM Football Club returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats with victory over Crawley Down Gatwick on Saturday.

Ross Myers and Alex Laing both bagged braces, while Dejaun Best also netted in the home side’s success.

Mussels chairman Stuart Slaney, who is in temporary charge with player-manager Kane Louis unavailable, was delighted with the result and said: “It was really pleasing to get the victory and it was much deserved.

“All of the players played really well and it was a really good team performance.

“I know it is a bit of a cliché but, on another day, we could have scored another two or three times.

“We had a two-goal lead at the break and that gave the players confidence and something to build on in the second half.

“This victory now moves us up into 13th position in the table. It’s a case of looking up in the new year and we face St Francis Rangers, Ringmer and Chichester in the coming weeks, who are in and around us in the table, so we will be hoping to pick up points in those games.

“I think the aim will be to secure 12 points from our next five matches and that should put us in a good position going into the final stages of the season.”

Mussels went close on a couple of occasions, before Crawley Down took the lead on ten minutes through Grant Rigler.

Shoreham were not behind for long, though, as Best crashed home a right-footed drive on 23 minutes.

Mussels went ahead nine minutes before half-time when Myers got his first of the afternoon.

Shoreham opened up a two-goal advantage on 60 minutes when Laing scored from the penalty spot, after Crawley’s Mark Barnard was red-carded for deliberate handball.

Myers all but sealed the win when he scored Mussels’ fourth just four minutes later.

Laing then got his second of the game and ninth since joining the club in October, in injury-time.

Shoreham travel to third-from-bottom Hassocks in the league on Saturday.

SHOREHAM: Taylor; Stevens, Gravvier, Allan, DeMario; Goldson, Rudwick, Bichard, Myers; Laing, Best. Subs: Anderson (Goldson), Laughlin (Bichard).