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MATCH PREVIEW - We look ahead to Saturday's trip to Crawley

9 March 2023

Match Previews

MATCH PREVIEW - We look ahead to Saturday's trip to Crawley

9 March 2023

After securing all three points at Doncaster in midweek Town are again on the road when they make the long trip to face Crawley this coming weekend.

And with the 2-0 win at the Eco Power Stadium meaning Town have been defeated just once in the past seven, Simon Weaver's side have the prospect of continuing their impressive run of form.

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Our opponents

After finishing the last campaign in 12th place there was a summer of change at Broadfield Stadium.
In came new owners, with WAGMI United taking control of the club and a new man in the dugout too with Kevin Betsy appointed to replace John Yems.

There was also movement in the transfer market with last season's League Two top scorer Dom Telford bolting from Newport County to join the club.

However, things haven't panned out as hoped with the club replacing Betsy with Matthew Etherington in late November, before he himself departed a month later and was replaced by Scott Lindsay in mid-January.
The club come into the game with two games in hand over Simon Weaver's side but are currently nine points behind.

Previous meetings

Earlier in the season the two sides played out a goalless draw at the Envirovent Stadium.

Town are yet to be defeated at The People's Pension Stadium having drawn 2-2 last season with an Archie Davies own goal levelling after Joel Lynch and Sam Ashford cancelled out Luke Armstrong's early opener, as well as recording an impressive 3-1 win in their debut EFL campaign thanks to goals from Aaron Martin, Josh March and Simon Power.



The man in charge

Lindsay was the most recent appointment in the dugout, the third incumbent of the season. Lindsay had been appointed as Swindon manager in early August after being assistant to Ben Garner before his departure to Charlton.

Lindsay had won a third of his games in charge of the Robins before departing for Crawley in mid-January. To date, he has one win from nine matches in charge.

Ones to watch

After netting seven times this season Telford will be the main threat in attack. Forwards Ashley Nadesan and James Tilley have netted six and five times respectively.

Jack Powell will be a key figure in midfield alongside Dion Conroy and teenager Tom Fellows. Corey Addai will be the man between the sticks.

At the end of the January window the club added Ben Gladwin, Kellan Gordon, Jack Roles and Jordan Mutch as well as the loan capture of Ryan Schofield from Huddersfield Town.

They were also a number of experienced players who have departed the club, notably Tom Nicholls, George Francomb, Tony Caig and Jake Hessenthaler.

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.

The club spent three seasons in League before relegation back to League Two in 2015, where they have remained since.

Team news

Town's continue to have long-term absentees Stephen Dooley, Kayne Ramsay, Max Wright and Pete Jameson on the sidelines.
 

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