As the Red Devils have not a game this weekend, we thought we would bring this match to your attension - Worthing United will play their first game since the tragic deaths of players Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt when they play East Preston in the FA Vase next Sunday, 6th September, kick-off 5pm.
The Mavericks were due to play the tie on the Saturday of that weekend, but have switched it to the Sunday evening to allow the Sussex football family to attend and pay their respects to both men.The club are expecting a large, and probable sell-out crowd at Lyons Way as family, friends, colleagues and well wishers pay their respects to two much loved young men - and as a result the match will be all-ticket.
Tickets are available from the Brighton and Hove Albion ticket office.
Tickets are priced £6 for adults and £3 for concessions. All proceeds will be used to fund a permanent tribute in honour of Matt and Jacob, in consultation with both families.
AWAY TRAVEL WITH GH COACHES – MANSFIELD TOWN
Our next away match is on the 12thSeptember to Mansfield Town. We will be running our normal supporters coach to the match – We depart the New Moon at 8.00am, and can confirm that the arranged a stop at the Cross Keys at Castle Donington for our buffet lunch has been finalised – which is included in the fare. Provided traffic conditions allow we will also have short coffee stop at Watford Gap services. We should be at the pub just before midday; it’s then a 30-40 minute drive to the game, probably departing the Cross Keys at 1.30pm. Costs are Adults £20.00 and under 16’s £15.00. To book on the coach please contact Alain on 07771-792346. Also remember to get your match tickets before you travel as there are no ticket sales on the day for away fans. Tickets available from the Crawley ticket office. We still have seats available on the coach to this game but now we are starting to get good numbers on board.
NOTTS COUNTY – Tuesday 22nd September 2015 - 7.45 kick off
Following the Mansfield game we have now the re-arranged Notts County trip – this is now on Tuesday 22nd September with a 7.45pm kick off. As its now a midweek date, it’s unlikely that we will have sufficient numbers to run our normal coach, but we could run the minibus if we get at least 12 booking on or a couple of us would drive - cost for this will be £20.00 for all – departing the New Moon at 2.30pm. If time allows we will stop at the Cross Keys before going on to the game.
NEWPORT COUNTY - Tuesday 29th September 2015 - 7.45 kick off.
As with the Mansfield game – this is on a Tuesday evening - 29th September with a 7.45pm kick off. Again it’s unlikely that we will have sufficient numbers to run our normal coach, but we would either cars or the minibus as Notts County - cost for this trip will be £20.00 for all – departing the New Moon at 2.30pm. If time allows we will stop at the Boars Head at Aust, this is by the old Severn Bridge crossing before going on to the game
OVERNIGHT TO HARTLEPOOL UNITED
We need now to start taking names and deposits for the overnight trip to Hartlepool United on Saturday 24th October - those who want to travel up for the trip please let me know as soon as possible – we will be staying overnight on the Saturday evening at the Arrondale Hotel in Seaton Carew – cost for the weekend will be confirmed but hopefully will be no more than £70.00 per person which includes the coach and overnight B & B – if we can arrange a buffet or breakfast on the way up we will try. It will be an early start 6.00 am, for this game we will depart from the Stadium rather than the New Moon for parking cars. I now need a £20.00 per person deposit when booking.
To book onto any of these please contact me either by return E mail or text/phone 07771-792346 and I will book you on. IF you text, please put your name on.
Both Keepers share the limelight
Crawley Town 0 Wycombe Wanderers 0
Don’t let the score line fool you, this was far from being a boring 0 – 0 draw. On show were two excellent keepers on top of their game and each making outstanding saves throughout the match with the Wycombe keeper Matt Ingram being the busier of the two especially in the second half. Ingram was also named in the “League 2 team of the day” in the Football League paper. He made at least 4 great saves from Simon Walton, Lewis Young in the first half and in the final minutes from Roarie Deacon and Guion Edwards. I was trying to remember when was the last time an opposing keeper was named as “Man of the Match” by the press against the Red Devils, it hasn’t been for some time.
Not to be out done, Freddie Woodman also pulled off a great double save in the first half having parried the initial shot and the managed to grab the ball when it was just to be fired into the net. All credit to Woodman who kept his third clean sheet in a row, maintaining the faith that Manager Mark Yates has in him since joining on loan from Newcastle United. He has also been again selected for the England Under 19 squad for the two matches at the end of the month.
The Chairboy’s came into the game unbeaten and second in the league, having had only on goal scored against them so far this season. It was going to be a test for the Red Devils and against another team that will be in the mix at the end of the season either for automatic promotion or the playoffs as they did last season.
Mark Yates had to make one change to the starting line-up that beat Cambridge United, Jimmy Smith came in for the suspended Liam Connelly; who had had his loan period extended until January confirmed on Friday.
The first half in front of 2,466 spectators was an even affair, with both teams creating chances and when they did the shots were either just wide of the mark or the keepers were on hand to make the save. The home defensive quartet are getting better and better, with Scales being the pick of them on Saturday, he was constantly either tracking back making decisive tackles or overlapping on the attacks and is becoming a fans favourite. The team must now start being more clinical in front of goal and now not having conceded in 3 matches it all looking a good start for the season.
The villain of the peace was referee Lee Swabey who on three occasions in the first half could and probably should have booked Wycombe players, but the first tackle that early substitute Luke Rooney did went straight into the Referee’s note book and a yellow card issued to the derision of the home management and fans alike.
On 30 minutes, Joe McNenery pulled up with a calf strain and was substituted as a precaution, so Jimmy Smith reverted to right back and Rooney came into midfield. This change didn’t unsettle the side and the Red Devils were coping with all that Wycombe’s attack could muster.
The second half saw the Red Devils have the better chances with Edwards and Young failing to put the ball past inform Ingram, Wycombe’s Holloway and Harriman saw shots beat Woodman but went past the post. In the final minutes of the game was when the hosts had their best chance to nick all three points when Deacon was put through with only Ingram to beat, but his low shot was saved by the keeper’s feet and went away for a corner. Crawley picked up two more yellow cards during the half with Jon Ashton and Jimmy Smith being cautioned for fouls, but again none for the visitors. Referee Swabey who has been promoted to the football league this season, was the most inept official we have seen at the Checkatrade.com stadium for some time.
A draw was a fair result as neither team deserved to loose on that performance, despite being a no score draw it was an entertaining game throughout.
GHCoaches “man of the match” this was a difficult choice, but Christian Scales just knicked it from Freddie Woodman.
Red Devils: Woodman, McNerney (Rooney 40), Scales, Ashton, Bradley (c), Walton, Smith, Edwards, Young, Deacon, Harrold, Subs: Barnard, Henderson, Bawling, Preston
Chairboys: Ingram (GK), Jombati, Jacobson (C), McGinn, Pierre, Thompson, Bean, Wood, Banton, Amadi-Holloway, Harriman Subs: Bloomfield, Sellers, Kretzschmar, O’Nien, Lynch, Donacien
Referee: Lee Swabey
Ground & Programme advertising – from GH Coaches
We again asked the football club about putting up an advertising banner and advert in the match programme for the coming season, we had hoped that this time they would have agreed as the CTSA had stated that they had no objection to our request provided we didn’t have the word “official” in the wording, which we have never had.
The football club have again decided that they will not allow us to put the banner up which we hoped would go round the base of the Camera Gantry in the West Stand or the programme advert – this is all down to our CEO Mr Dunsfold. So in essence they are turning money away, in a time it seems they can ill afford to. The funds that we have will be used to subsidise our coaches in the future, and offer supports even better fares to away matches – so keep an eye out for offers.
This is the third time we have been refused as we are in direct competition with the CTSA, so we have decided now that we will not ask again as they obviously do not need any financial support from us. We will carry on with the GH Coaches regardless, providing coaches to away matches as long as the support is there. It is good to report that so far we have had a good increase in numbers travelling with us, I know its early days, but it’s a good sign for the future away game.
It’s a bit hypocritical of the club to say we are in direct completion with the CTSA when they are advertising both the New Moon and The Downsman, the closest pubs to the ground, who are also in direct competition with the REDZ bar.
Like many clubs in both League & Non-League football; from the Premiership down to the National League they have official travel but also independent travel groups, some clubs will advertise these groups as they know it helps all supporters.
From the early days, when we were the official supporters club, we have been providing supporters coaches for more than 35 years. Starting at Town Mead, we used the 25 seater Tri-Star midi-coaches when in the Beazer Home League, Tri-Star were the club sponsor at the time, we then followed with BGL, Trevann Travel and then the infamous Viceroy Travel – (only once) the pink one, that was smoking on the M23 before failing to get up Reigate Hill on the M25 before actually catching fire on our way to Farnborough for a FA Trophy match. After this nightmare, we partnered up with Crawley Luxury which we still use today, 21 years on.
We pride ourselves that we can provide supporters a day out that the football match is just part – with only taking our one coach, it enables us to arrange and stop at Country pubs instead of the soulless Motorway services.