Football: Crowle United Res 2 Robert Holme Hall 3

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The final game of Crowle United Reserves’ lamentable season saw them lose by a second half own goal and end the year four points behind next-to-bottom CMB.

Crowle welcomed Robert Holme Hall to Windsor Park, however, finished with a crushing 3-2 defeat to Robert Holme Hall to end their problematic season in the Scunthorpe & District Sunday League Division Three.

The visitors went in front after a quarter of an hour when they were awarded a penalty which was smartly dispatched - too smartly according to referee Mick Wills who ordered a retake with the warning to ‘wait for the whistle this time.’

The penalty taker did as he was told and scored without further fuss.

Aaron Taylor and Danny Smyth went into this game neck and neck in the top scorers’ league and the two players combined to bring the teams level.

Smyth played the ball behind RHH’s right back, Taylor outpaced the defender and shot past the keeper on 30 minutes.

Five minutes later Taylor found himself in space and time when he ran on to a high ball behind RHH’s defence. The advancing goalkeeper’s attempt to put off United’s top marksman proved futile when Taylor passed the ball into the goal and gave the home team a short-lived 2-1 lead.

RHH won a free-kick around the halfway line which they took quickly to their right winger. His cross found his centre forward’s head, the centre forward headed past Sam Thirkell and the teams went into the break on level terms.

The second half was two minutes old when the decisive goal went in.

Thirkell denied RHH with a sharp save which he parried into the penalty area only to watch in dismay as Liam McAnaney’s attempted clearance spooned into his own goal.

Crowle rarely threatened their opponents’ goal in the second half and had it not been for some wayward and wasteful finishing by the visitors they would have suffered further damage to their goal difference which ended on -45 at the end of this trying season.

Report submitted by Crowle United Reserves.

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