Red Devils need to start winning – drawing is becoming a habit
Tomorrow the Red Devils are at home to Colchester United who travel the short trip from Essex for this League 1 match. Crawley need to start winning games, too often this season we have failed to take easy chances to score and then have failed to take all the points we should have done. Last Tuesday evening was a game that again we failed, drawing with one of the teams in the bottom 4 and one we had at least three chances to put the game beyond Shrewsbury. Josh Simpson open the scoring midway through the first half to give the visitors the lead, which they took through to half time. Early in the second half, under constant pressure from the home side, a mistake by the defence gave an easy opportunity for an equaliser which they took. Late in the match Jamie Proctor for the third time in as many match failed to score with the easiest of chances – he did all the hard work getting into the position of scoring, then tried to blast the ball into the next instead of placing it either side of the keeper. The ball sailed over the cross bar and another chance of three point went begging.
Against Colchester, another team below the Red Devils is a game we have to take three points –although we have games in hand we are now using them up and have taken only 2 point out of the 6 on offer. Gaffer John Gregory rested Matt Tubbs for the Shrewsbury game - in hind sight perhaps he should have started – Matt is the only striker who is scoring at the moment – I would expect him to start tomorrow and probably alongside Rory Fallen. Billy Clarke form has dipped alarmingly over the matches since his suspension – ever since Gregory called him his “Little Messie” - I think he is now probably regretting that remark. Crawley need the three points as the next three matches, Wolves (home) Oldham (away) and Sheffield United (home) are going to be extremely difficult game for the Red Devils to contemplate picking up maximum points with the current form these side are showing.
John Gregory should put out the strongest possible side tomorrow = players that are in form – Drury was also rested against Shrewsbury should come back into the side, the back four picks itself, as does the keeper – midfield and the strikers is where we are having problems at the moment – with Gregory making constant changes to the line up, We know they are having games at regular intervals, but most players I know would rather be on the pitch playing than not.
Colchester will have a couple of former Red Devils in the squad – Sanchez Watts, Tom Eastman and Magnus Okuonghae. Freddie Sears and Clinton Morrison are also well know to football fans from their times at West Ham and Crystal Palace.
The game kicks off tomorrow at 3.00pm at the Checkatrade.com stadium - tickets are available for this game, but not for next Tuesday evening’s visit of Wolves – this game is now a sell out and a capacity stadium will be rocking for this match.
Next Away game is Oldham Athletic on the 22nd March, departing the Half Moon at 8.00am – we need to know numbers so that we can decide what transport to put on. Costs are £20.00 for Adults and £15.00 for under 16’s
Come On You Reds
COMING UP -
We have our two night trip to Preston North End at the end of the month, so anyone with outstanding money please can you get it to me at the game on Saturday. Also I need to know if you want a room for the Bradford match at the end of the season, again I need to know as I have to confirm the rooms with the hotel by 28th March – If we don’t get the numbers then we will have to cancel the booking and the overnight trip – which we don’t want to do.
Last Tuesday evening the Official Supporters coach arrived late, for the second time to Shrewsbury, this time it was due to the driver “getting lost and didn’t know where the ground was” not a very good advert for a so called professional coach company and drivers – ever heard of Sat Nav’s. We take great pride in making sure that you get to the matches on time – we depart Crawley, giving us some leeway if unforeseen traffic problems are encountered, we always know exactly where the ground is, will admit we have taken some pretty routes getting there though. We now always get details E mailed from the Home Club and the Police Liaison Officer about preferred routes into the stadiums and parking arrangements. If traffic problems do arise we have an alternative route planned to mitigate these so that we are not late for kick off. In all the years that we have been providing our coaches both as the former supporters club and now independent we have always got to the grounds before kickoff – some may have not got into the ground because of the slow turnstile operator at Grays United a few years ago – the 3 minute Charlie Ademeno hat-trick – I miss all 3 goals in the first 5 minutes trying to get into the ground. Boxing Day Bluewater Shopping –who’d have thought that would cause problems on the M25. Not even a coach fault which could not be rectified at the time stopped us getting to the game at Stafford Rangers on time, Dave Brown (Crawley Luxury Coaches) organised an alternative local coach company (Heyfordian)to pick us up at Cherwell Valley Services to take us to the game, then sent a second coach up from Crawley to Stafford bring us home straight after the game.
See you all Saturday – I will be in the Half Moon from Midday if you want to pay me some “dosh” I would also like to thank the Half Moon for providing Bacon Rolls before the trip to Gillingham last Saturday – what was even better is that they were free. See details below
– LAST AWAY GAME OF THE SEASON.
BRADFORD CITY – 26th APRIL 2014 – OVERNIGHT TRIP
We have now arranged and booked the hotel for the last away match of this season – Bradford City. This will be only one night, staying at the Holiday Inn Express, East Midlands – we have provisionally booked 20 rooms – 8 doubles and 12 twin, all rooms can be single occupancy although at an extra cost.
The cost for each adult sharing is £60.00 and for a single occupancy room is £85.00, under 16’s sharing a parents room is £30.00. The costs include B & B at the hotel, coach travel and buffet lunch on the way up to Bradford, hopefully at the Minors Arms, Tankersley – this is where we stopped when our previous trip to Bradford City was called off en-route. I need to start take bookings, so that I can confirm the rooms with the hotel and make sure we have the correct type. All rooms need to be confirmed by 29th March – 4 weeks before we travel. In the evening we are only a short taxi ride away from the Cross Keys at Castle Donington.
Please let me know as soon as you can with an initial £20.00 per person deposit.
Crawley Luxury Coaches
The Half Moon, Southgate
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Susy Radio - www.susyradio.co.uk
Other Crawley Town FC web sites
To book on any of our coaches or for any additional information please contact me either via phone 07771-792346, E mail Alain.email@example.com.