Red Devils in 3rd Round draw as both teams fail to score
Bristol Rovers 0 Crawley Town 0
Crawley and Bristol City will meet again to see who goes through to the 3rd Round of the FA Cup, if the Red Devils win the replay then it will be the 4th time that they have reached this round and hopefully a home tie against one of the premiership giants, however we have to overcome Rovers first and that isn’t going to be straight forward – in the previous round they drew the home leg but went to York and won. The replay is due on Tuesday 17th December with a 7.45pm kick off, but that could change if the tie is selected for TV coverage.
The game at the Memorial Stadium was a tight affair, with goal scoring chances being at a premium, when either team thought they had scored it was the keeper or crossbar that came to the defending teams assistance.
Crawley playing under John Gregory for the first time had to make a team change even before the game started as Josh Simpson pulled a hamstring in the pre-match warm up and was unable to play, his starting place was handed to Andy Drury – with Dannie Bulman taking the captains arm band once again. The Red Devils started the game with two strikers – Emile Sinclair and Gary Alexander leading the attack – there was no place in the team for Mike Jones who we believe took a knock in training during the week and wasn’t fit enough to play.
The first half belonged to the visitors as both Nicky Adams and Billy Clarke got behind the defence forcing 7 corners, as did full backs Sadler and Connelly but any of the crosses made especially from the corners both Alexander and Sinclair were unable to make any real attempts to beat the home keeper Mildenhall. The best chance in the first half fell to Mark Connolly, his close range shot was brilliantly save by the home keeper. At the other end, the Gas didn’t test in Phil Jones the Crawley goal at all in the first half with any attempts going over the top or well wide.
The home side came more into the game in the second half and Oliver Norburn’s shot beat a full stretch Phil Jones who was happy to see it rebound of the bottom of the cross bar and away from any danger. Crawley made one change with Jamie Proctor coming on for Emile Sinclair, and he has a couple of attempts early on but couldn’t beat the keeper. As the rain started to fall the pitch became a slick playing surface and didn’t suit either team. In the last few minutes, Bristol Rovers forced a couple of corners and one attempt saw a great save from Phil Jones putting the Norburn shot around for a corner, which was followed up with Gary Alexander heading the ball of the line and Dannie Bulman clearing.
At full time, no goals scored was a fair result and now they look forward to a replay – Rovers have a long trip to Morecambe and Crawley have a home match against Preston before the replay which must be played to a finish with possible extra time and penalties.
CHT man of the match – Phil Jones.
John Gregory praised the determination of his side after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Bristol Rovers earning the Red Devils an FA Cup replay on December 17
Red Devils: P.Jones, Connolly, McFadzean, Walsh, Sadler, Adams, Bulman, Simpson, Clarke, Sinclair (Proctor 70), Alexander
Subs: Maddison, Hurst, Torres, Drury, Proctor, Smith
ATTENDANCE: 4,623 (323 away)
SWINDON TOWN – Wednesday 1st January 2014 – 3.00pm kick off
The next away game that GH coaches are providing transport for supporters is the New Year’s Day game at Swindon Town on January 1st – to mark the start of the New Year we are offering our supporters a reduced and hopefully competitive fare. For this game everyone travelling on our coach will pay just £10.00 and is open to all and every Crawley supporter. We have also decided that as the game is there and back in a day and non-stop, we will also allow any 15 & 16 years old to travel on their own. If this is a success, and we don’t have any problems, then we may do the same for future matches that are non-stop. The GH coach departs the Checkatrade.com Stadium at 12.00pm, so be their earlier so as not to miss it. There will not be scheduled stop for this match, travelling direct to the County Ground non-stop and then return non-stop back to Crawley immediately after the game.
To book on this coach please contact Alain 07771-792346 or E mail firstname.lastname@example.org The only stipulation is that you pay for your seat before travelling – anyone who pays on the day it will be £15.00. You can start reserving your seat from now and pay later, but before we travel to Swindon.