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Discipline a concern for Grinstead's Jones

By East Grinstead Courier  |  Posted: October 10, 2013

  • ON TARGET: Mark Pearn netted for East Grinstead in their 3-2 win at Hampstead & Westminster Photo by Liam McAvoy.

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MATT JONES says East Grinstead need to be a bit more professional in their game play, despite a 3-2 win at Hampstead & Westminster on Sunday.

The Gladiators bounced back to winning ways with a hard-fought win at the Paddington Recreation Ground in London, but they did it the hard way after being shown five green cards and one yellow card during the match.

And the manager says it is something the side must work on this season.

"We are not happy with that so we need to be a little more professional on that in the future," said Jones.

"We cannot afford it at this level, at the top of the game.

"We are very demanding of ourselves and that is the way it should be. But we are big enough and mature enough to know that."

Defender Simon Faulkner said, however, that he felt the team played well in patches in the game, adding that he is enjoying life with the West Sussex club following his summer move from Loughborough Students.

And he says that if the Gladiators can "get their act together" they are more than capable of securing a place in the top four of the league.

Grinstead were made to work hard for the victory though, with Hampstead & Westminster pushing them close in front of the watching England manager, Bobby Crutchley.

Grinstead took the lead though, with one of the Gladiators' summer signings, Ricky Fraser, netting his first goal for the club.

But the joy of leading was short lived, after Hampstead's Parmaveer Bhangu equalised a few minutes later from a penalty corner.

Just before half-time, East Grinstead had two big chances from penalty corners but the Hampstead goalkeeper, Ian Scanlon, denied the visitors with two great saves to send the sides in level at the break.

East Grinstead came out strong in the second half and should have scored when Mark Gleghorne missed on open goal early on.

And the Gladiators were made to pay for that miss, when nine minutes into the second half, Hampstead were awarded a penalty corner and Neil Hamilton took advantage and scored.

Buoyed by the goal, Hampstead & Westminster seemed to control the game by not allowing the visitors to play through their defence.

But again came a shift in momentum as Ashley Jackson showed amazing skills and played Mark Pearn through, and the former England international did not miss, drawing his side level on 52 minutes.

And after a period of sustained pressure, East Grinstead took the lead with eight minutes to go.

It came from a scramble in the D and while it looked like Faulkner had grabbed the winner, it was in fact given as an own goal, with the Gladiators holding on in the closing stages to secure the win. This moves them back into second in the table with nine points from four games.

East Grinstead play Loughborough Students at home on Saturday, at 2pm.

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