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PREVIEW - Town Looking to Bounce Back with a midweek trip to Crawley

20 September 2021

Match Previews

PREVIEW - Town Looking to Bounce Back with a midweek trip to Crawley

20 September 2021

After Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Port Vale, Town have an immediate chance to put things right as they travel south to take on Crawley Town.

The loss saw Town lose their unbeaten run, but a midweek victory would see them move back into second position in the table.

Crawley (A) Fixture Information

Our Opponents

Crawley are currently in 14th position having taken 10 points from their 7 games to date, but come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win away at Colchester, their second win in succession and are unbeaten in their three fixtures so far at The Peoples Pension Stadium.

This season marks their seventh consecutive campaign in League Two and over the summer the club added Jack Payne, Ludwig Francilette, Kwesi Appiah, Will Ferry and former Town-loanee Owen Gallacher, who they hope can help them improve on a twelfth-placed finish in 2020/21.

Last Season

In the corresponding fixture a season ago Town blew away their hosts as first-half goals from Aaron Martin, Josh March and Simon Power saw us race into a three-goal lead before Tom Dallison netted a consolation after the break.



The reverse fixture saw the sides play out a 1-1 draw with Jack Muldoon's late strike cancelling out Max Watters early goal.

Ones to Watch

Midfielder Jake Hessenthaler leads the scoring charts having netted three times this season.

Fellow midfielder Payne has also impressed following his summer move from National League side Eastleigh, including the netting the winner at Colchester this past weekend.

The home defence will be well marshalled by former-AFC Fylde man Jordan Tunnicliffe, who may line up alongside Joel Lynch.

Having missed the start of the season through injury, Crawley have also been boosted by the recent return of creative forward Tom Nichols.

The Man in Charge

Crawley are currently managed by John Yems, a previous caretaker manager at the club and long-time coach elsewhere. Yems has posted a win rate of 35.8% since taking charge of the club in December 2019.

History

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.
 
Team News

Both Lewis Page and Alex Pattison are doubts with the extent of injuries that forced them off against Port Vale to be assessed. Jack Diamond misses out through suspension, paving the way for Simon Power to return to a ground he impressed at last time out.

Streaming

Any supporters not travelling to Crawley can watch all the action live for £10 via our streaming service.

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