Crawford late show crushes Faithfold
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A last-gasp strike from Jamie Crawford saw Loughton Orient claim their second victory of the season as they edged out 10-man Faithfold at Chase Lodge.
The initial phases of the match were pretty even, with Faithfold edging it on possession and Orient looking dangerous on the break.
Ben Simons put Faithfold in front with a powerful low drive following excellent work from Dan Gordon.
Faithfold top-scorer Gordon missed a golden opportunity to break the deadlock from the penalty spot, following a tug on Ben Simons. Jacobs had other ideas and despite diving the wrong way managed to flick a leg out and direct it over the bar. It was a crucial save at a crucial time which changed the game.
Loughton came out for the second half and meant business. Josh Hambling got them level with a 25-yard pile-driver into the roof of the net and five minutes later Orient were in front with Dean Silver scoring a stunning overhead kick into the top corner.
Faithfold got themselves level with a header from a corner and it looked like the game was fizzling out to a 2-2 draw.
Faithfold equalised with a bullet header from Josh Barnett, however in the 89th minute Gordon was red carded and Orient went straight up the other end to get a deserved winner through Jamie Crawford who was making his first start for the team and looked dangerous the whole game.
Loughton player-manager Dan Curtis told JC Sport: "We needed this win today. It's not been the start to the season we were hoping for but hopefully this result will kickstart us.
"We started slowly today but confidence grew and we know we can play good football when we concentrate on our own game and let the handbrake off. That was my message to the lads at half time and they came out in the second half and every player was up for it. Let's build on this next week now."
Faithfold player-manager David Garson told JC Sport: "To lose in the last 30 seconds was harsh in what was a well contested game. However, we know if we play like we did in the first half the results will come."