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Fraser Logan rues 'bad day at the office' for Crawley Down Gatwick

By Crawley News  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

  • JOY: Crawley Down celebrate Luke Blewden's equaliser

  • heads up: Tom Bold battles for the ball

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FOLKESTONE is a game Crawley Down Gatwick want to forget about according to captain Fraser Logan after a "bad day at the office".

The Anvils had been unable to train due to the snow and Logan believes they paid the price for that in Kent.

"They scored first and we hit back straight away but it wasn't our best performance," the midfielder said. "We hadn't really trained and I think that showed. We were also without Ross Morley and I think we really missed his break-up play.

"All we want to do now is train this week and put that game behind us. We have Whitstable Town on Saturday and while we try not to take any notice of who we are playing, we think we can beat anyone in the league on our day."

The Anvils made just one change from their last encounter, with newcomer Tom Bold replacing the ill Morley, and Logan was impressed with the recent signing from Three Bridges.

"He did well although like the rest of us, looked a little rusty," the captain added.

Anvils made the first noise with a Gaby Odunaike cross being met by Luke Blewden, before Bold then sent an overhead kick just wide.

However, Invicta opened the scoring after just five minutes when Dane Luchford took advantage of a hesitancy in midfield to run through and slide the ball home past the advancing Tony Di Bernardo.

But just minutes later, Blewden bustled his way through struck the upright then slammed home his second attempt to square the game.

From then on the Invicta held the ascendancy with Josh Burchell twice coming from deep positions to drive wide.

Both Logan and Jamie Cade had shots turned away, before the Anvils were dealt a second blow when a slip in defence let in Burchell whose cross was tucked home by the waiting Richard Atkin for a 2-1 advantage.

The half ended with both Atkins twice and Blewden having their shots beaten out by the respective keepers.

No doubt after a few words at half-time, the Anvils came out looking more determined with Odunaike feeding Blewden who screwed wide, whilst the link up of Burchell and Luchford led to the latter finding only Di Bernardo.

Substitute Charlie Slocombe's pace up the flank opened up more Anvil opportunities and several crosses led to confusion in the home defence, with both Cade and Blewden going close.

After 70 minutes, another Burchell cross was headed off the line by Slocombe, and with the minutes ticking by, the Anvils were desperately seeking an equaliser. Even Di Bernardo raced upfield for the final Anvils corner, but it was not to be a fairytale ending as the ball was clutched by grateful keeper.

Crawley Down: Di Bernardo, Sargent, Mitchell, Richards, Page, Bold (Slocombe), Odunaike, Napper, Cade, Blewden, Logan.

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