Hollington boss says two Easter games after four months off is ludicrous

Hollington United are back with a bang - topping the new Mid Sussex League premier division top-half mini league after a 6-0 win away to Sporting Lindfield.

Sunday, 4th April 2021, 3:12 pm
Hollington take on Sporting Lindfield earlier in the season

The Lions were back after four months in lockdown. And they started where they left off. With a whole host of absentees including Wes Tate, Jamie Crone, Lewis Mguigan, Danny Andrews, Glenn Woodhurst, Bailo Camara, Alex Jegarovs, Dom Clarke and Callum Smith, this made a tough-looking fixture even harder.

On a brighter note the club welcomed back goalkeeper Elliot Stokes who had been missing since early October with a serious head injury.

The Lions started well and controlled the game early on with both Cromwell and Dixon hitting the post. With chances coming and going it looked like the game was going into the break scoreless but Matt McLean put the Lions ahead following good work from Crutwell and Dixon. HT 0-1

The second half saw the visitors move up a couple of gears and really put the home side to the sword with some superb football. Cromwell got his deserved goal as well as Dixon and Crutwell both scoring on their first starts for the club. Two more followed by substitute Emanuel Ubi to finish off a great team performance with a 6-0 win.

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Boss Scott Price said: "With mixed feelings within the club, officials and players decided to go ahead with the season. For me it gets a bit of normality to everyone especially the players.

"With so many crucial players missing and not a recognised forward it was literally a case of picking players out the hat to see who played where! But good players adapt well and they all seemed to enjoy themselves, which to me was more important than the result.

"The biggest pleasing point of the day was the return of Elliot Stokes after a long lay-off with a serious head injury. Seeing him in the sticks was fantastic. That brings me to Lee Daubaney who helped us out while Elliot was injured and the club and I would like to say a massive thank-you for his help.

"Four months off and two games in three days - as we entertain Forest Row on Monday - is not ideal at the best of times but expecting players to play Saturday, Monday after a long time out is ludicrous in my opinion. I have no idea who’s available Monday as I’ll have to assess them later. But we will do our best to get a competitive side on the pitch."

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