Sussex Senior Cup: 1/4 Final …Tuesday 13th January 2015
Whitehawk 6, Crawley Town 1
Attendance: 225 ... words culled from report by Argus' Steve Hollis
Dean Saunders: “It was men and boys out there tonight.”
Whitehawk exposed the glaring weaknesses in Crawley’s squad as they emphatically dumped them out of the Sussex Senior Cup.
Steve King: It was a fantastic display of football on a very tricky wicket. Some of passing, moving and goals were outstanding.”
The Conference south high-fliers scored four unanswered goals in the second half to underline the extent of the problem facing Reds interim boss Dean Saunders.
Steve King: “We treat this competition very seriously and we’d like to get to the final this year. I was disappointed that we took our foot off the gas in the last 20 minutes as we could have scored more. I know Crawley have got bigger fish to fry but they haven’t got a reserve or youth team so they were all first team players.”
Crawley’s team featured debutants Brazilian goalkeeper Evandro Rachoni de Lima and Australian midfielder Matt Fletcher.
Steve King: “I know that a number of our players are good enough to play at that level (League One) and I think we showed that with both the performance and the result.”
Whitehawk have lost just once in 14 games and it was a surprise when they fell behind against the run of play in the 16th minute. Matt Harrold won the ball deep inside the Hawks’ half and played in Lewis Young who fired a low shot past Craig Ross.
Hawks were not rattled by falling behind and scored twice in the space of 12 minutes to deservedly take control of the game.
Rachoni de Lima did well to keep out a piledriver from Sam Deering but Robinson reacted faster than the Reds defence to slot the rebound home.
Steve King: “The second goal was an outstanding team move and for me was the highlight of the evening. It involved 4 players and one touch football – the move being finished by Sam Gargan.”
Crawley’s Harrold should have equalised just before the break when he headed over a good cross from Charles Banya from six yards.
That proved decisive as two minutes after the restart Osei Sankofa headed home a Robinson corner at the near post with Rachoni de Lima in no-man’s-land, that was the centrebacks sixth goal of the season.
A bad night got worse for Crawley in the 59th minute when Walsh saw red for an off-the-ball clash with Kissock inside the area.
The excellent Sam Deering stepped up to convert the penalty and went on to complete his hat-trick with another penalty and a low finish at the far post inside 19 minutes.
Dean Saunders said: “Well done to them as they were much better than us on the night.”
James Boardman / Telephoto Images and the Crawley website has been kind enough to send over some of his pictures …