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Preview - a look at Crawley Town

4 February 2021

Match Previews

Preview - a look at Crawley Town

4 February 2021

The only way is Sussex this weekend for Simon Weaver and his Town side as we make the journey south to face Crawley Town.

And we travel with confidence high following the impressive display a week ago that saw goals from Josh March and Aaron Martin overturn an early deficit to beat high-flying Newport County 2-1.

Since our last meeting

We first met back in mid-November when Jack Muldoon's equaliser five minutes from time cancelled out Max Watters first half equaliser, to earn a share of the spoils.

Since then Crawley have taken 17 points from 12 games to leave them 11th in the table, just five points from the playoff positions. They have also earned 19 of their 35 points this season on home turf.

They come into Saturday's game on the back of a 0-0 draw at home to Leyton Orient having fallen to a 3-1 defeat at leaders Cambridge United last Saturday.

The Man in Charge

Crawley are currently managed by John Yems, a previous caretaker manager at the club and long-time coach elsewhere, who has been in charge just over a year after replacing Gabriele Cioffi in December 2019.

After taking charge, Yems guided the Reds to a mid-table 13th place finish last season, with just two defeats in eleven games when the season was prematurely curtailed.

Ones to Watch

During the off-season Yems brought several new faces to the club, including Tony Craig, Jake Hessenthaler, Sam Matthews and Max Watters, all of whom made immediate impacts over the first half of the season.

Former AFC Fylde defender Jordan Tunnicliffe has also been a lynchpin for the side in the centre of defence. Watters in particular though excelled, netting 13 times to since arriving at the club that earned him a January move to Championship side Cardiff.

Picking up the slack will be Tom Nicholls who has seven goals and four assists so far this season. Yems has also brought in James Tilley, Josh Wright and Mark Wright during the January window.


Having turned semi-pro back in 1962 when they were admitted to the Southern League, Crawley are one of the newest members of the Football League having won promotion from the Conference in 2011/12.

They then secured a successive promotion from League Two, also undertaking an impressive FA Cup run as they dispatched two Championship sides before exiting to Stoke City in the fifth-round.

Having experienced a number of managerial changes they were eventually relegated back to League Two in 2015, where they have resided since.

Team News

The victory over Newport saw a welcome return from injury for Will Smith and following a one-game suspension Connor Hall comes back into contention for our trip to the People's Pension Stadium.

New-boy Josh Andrews is immediately available following is loan move from Birmingham, although with both March and Martin on the scoresheet last weekend there is plenty of competition for places in the attacking

Dan Jones and Mark Beck are now much closer to a return, while Joe Cracknell and Mitchell Roberts remain on the sidelines through injury.

Saturday's fixture is available to watch live for £10 via our streaming service, where commentary will be provided by Crawley's local radio station.

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