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Crawley (A) Match Preview

23 November 2023

Match Previews

Crawley (A) Match Preview

23 November 2023

Simon Weaver and his side will be hoping to continue positive recent form when they make the long trip south to face Crawley this weekend.

In league action Town are now five unbeaten on the road, winning four and drawing one and throughout League Two only three other sides can match or better Town’s 16 points away from home.

Our opponents

Crawley come into the game two spots and a single point above Town in the table. After a tumultuous season in 2022/23 that for long periods threatened relegation there was a large squad turnover with several longer standing and established names departing.

They made a fast start to this season, winning six and taking 20 points from their opening 10 games. Crawley have won six of their nine home games, averaging two goals per game.

Previous meetings

Town have won one, drawn one and lost one of their three visits to the Broadfield Stadium. Last season saw a 3-1 defeat with a brace from Aramide Oteh in the first-half securing an early advantage.

In 2021/22 there was a 2-2 draw with an Archie Davies own goal levelling after Joel Lynch and Sam Ashford cancelled out Luke Armstrong’s early opener. In their debut season in the EFL Town recorded an impressive 3-1 win thanks to goals from Aaron Martin, Josh March and Simon Power.

The man in charge

Scott Lindsay will go up against Simon Weaver, having been in the post since January of this year when he left Swindon Town to take charge. In doing so he became the third man at the helm that season and after arriving with the side in relegation trouble a late season run secured safety and a 22nd placed finish.

Ones to watch

Crawley have two former Town players in their ranks. Danilo Orsi, who spent time at the club in the 2021/22 season signed from Grimsby Town this past summer and is the leading scorer with seven goals in the league. Jay Williams, who joined Town in January 2021 until the end of that campaign has made 16 appearances this season.

Forward Adam Campbell and midfielder Ronan Darcy, both summer captures, have found the net four times so far whilst Liam Kelly has also started his Crawley career strongly after arriving from Rochdale.

Amongst a relatively new look squad Nick Tsaroulla is now close to notching up 100 appearances for the club.

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

Simon Weaver will again likely be without forwards Josh March and James Daly for the trip south whilst Toby Sims and Mark Oxley remain long-term absentees.


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