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 Update  Friday 10th October 2014
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Unbeaten in 3 matches can the Red Devils extend it against The Posh
On Saturday the Red Devils entertain Peterborough United at the Checkatrade.com Stadium. The Posh managed by Darren Fergusson are riding high in the league and at the moment are third, an automatic promotion place. They started the season well but have only won 1 match in their last 5, at home to Fleetwood and last Saturday drew at home 2 – 2 with Oldham.  We know that Crawley will need to be at their best if they are to take anything out of the match. Both teams are missing players because of international call ups – for Crawley, Captain Joe Walsh and Guion Edwards for the Full Welsh squad and for Peterborough defender Gabriel Zakauni (DR Congo) and winger Kenny McEvoy (ROI) they also have defender Michael Smith on the standby list for the Northern Ireland squad. If Michael is called up then the game could be postponed as they will then have 3 players involved.
With the Red Devils win on Tuesday evening against Luton in the JP Trophy, manager John Gregory will have some serious selection considerations to make – with both the Welsh players missing does he go again with Lewis Young, he was at his best against the Hatters and proved he can play, getting in some good crosses and shots on target. Matt Harrold let the attack well, hitting the bar and having a shot cleared off the line and on other occasions could have scored when the ball went the wrong side of the upright. The other selection issue is whether Mat Sadler will still be here with his loan period coming to an end – we need it to be extended as he has been playing better than he did in his first spell with the Red Devils. It is likely that Josh Wright is on his way back to Millwall.  The Lions have been offered another loan deal for the player from another club, and with Josh not playing in matches and was not in the squad last Tuesday against Luton, he may decide to go elsewhere ending his time at Crawley.
Last season, the Red Devils did the double over the visitors on both occasions Peterborough failed to score, Crawley won at London Road 2 – 0 with Gary Alexander scoring both and at home later in the season 1 – 0 with a Matt Tubbs penalty.  The Posh have a much changed forward line from last season, with both strikers having left the club, Tyronne Barnett joining Oxford United on Loan and Britt Assombolonga being sold to Nottingham Forest.  Conor Washington and Marcus Maddison are their current strike force; both have been scoring goals and will need to be closely marked. Former Red Devil defender Michael Bostwick has also been on the score sheet recently with his long range effort last Saturday in the game against Oldham.
The League 1 table is very tight, with the Red Devils only 4 points off the play offs, but also only 5 points from the relegation positions – the team need to continue picking up points to go up the league rather than in the opposite direction. To date, the Red Devils have only played 3 teams below them, Coventry, Barnsley and Yeovil - and have not lost to any off them and picked up 7 points in the process, not a bad return – let’s hope we can continue that form when the lower teams visit or we visit them.
The draw for the JP Trophy takes place on Saturday morning at 10.00am on Sky’s Soccer Am – we could do with a favorable draw, anyone at home – but an away tie against Plymouth would be the worst for travelling fans due to the distance and finding the time during the week. The match is due to be played week commencing 10th November 2014, which is another international break week for Premiership and Championship teams, so call ups could affect our team selection again.
The game against The Posh kicks off at 3.00pm at the Stadium and tickets are still available from the club ticket office up until kick off. 
The Revised Welsh Squad for their two European Qualifiers - looks good from a Crawley perspective doesn’t it – let’s hope that they get some game time in either of the games
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Kyle Letheren (Dundee), Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers).
Defenders: James Chester (Hull City), Declan John (Cardiff City), Joe Walsh (Crawley Town), Ben Davies (Tottenham), Danny Gabbidon (Cardiff City), Chris Gunter (Reading), Samuel Ricketts (Wolves), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton), Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Midfielders: David Cotterill (Birmingham City), David Edwards (Wolves), Gwion Edwards (Crawley Town), Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace).
Forwards: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Simon Church (Charlton), Tom Lawrence (Leicester City), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Jake Taylor (Reading), George Williams (Fulham), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace).

NOTTS COUNTY – Saturday 18th October 2014 – 3.00pm kick off

We depart the New Moon at 8.30am for the trip to Nottingham and have arranged a buffet lunch at the Cross Keys pub in Castle Donington before travelling on to the County Ground to arrive at 2.00pm. Costs for this trip are £20.00 for Adults and £15 for under 16’s –which includes the buffet at the pub.  We will probably have a short comfort break at Watford Gap to ease the journey, traffic and time allowing. 
 
GILLINGHAM – Saturday 25th October 2014 – 3.00pm kick off
We again depart from the New Moon, this time at 11.30am for the short trip across the county border into Kent. Costs for this trip are £15.00 for Adults and £10.00. Once again as this is a there and back without a stop before reaching our destinations any 14 or 15 years old will be allowed to travel un-accompanied on our coach, but must be collected from the New Moon on our return. Should we have any problems with any of these unaccompanied supporters we will then not do this offer again, so it’s up to them to conduct themselves properly so that we can.  
 
GH OFFER FOR BOTH MATCHES – NOTTS COUNTY & GILLINGHAM
If you book on for both matches you can travel for the reduce combined rates  - Adults £30.00 and Under’16’s £20.00. To book on both of these matches – please contact Alain – 07771-792346 OR E MAIL.


FLEETWOOD AWAY - 2 NIGHTS IN BLACKPOOL

Its early days I know, but we are in the process of booking the weekender to Fleetwood next January - the two night stop will be at the Leverdale Hotel in Blackpool - We travel up on Friday 23rd January and travel back on Sunday, leaving the hotel at about 9.30am after breakfast. Cost of the weekend will be £85.00 per person, this includes any one who wants a single room of which we have 4 booked. I know its a possible 4th round FA cup weekend, but we need to get bookings confirmed. If you want to pay in instalments for the weekend that fine, just confirm with Alain when you book on the trip.
 
We will need a £25.00 deposit when we confirm the booking of the rooms - but at present we just want to get possible numbers.

We will depart from the New Moon on the Friday at 9.30am, and will have a stop for a buffet lunch at the White Lion at Barthomley (to be confirmed)

The £85.00 includes 2 nights B & B in Blackpool. Coach travel and buffet lunch on the way up. Like previously the coach will park up on arrival at the hotel and then we will use the trams to Fleetwood on the Saturday to the game.  
 

Red Devils progress in JP Trophy
Luton Town 0 Crawley Town 1
The Red Devils marched on onto the Southern Area quarter finals of the JP Trophy at the expense of League 2 Luton Town, this now sets up either a home or away match against one of AFC Wimbledon, Leyton Orient or Gillingham, the draw to take place on Saturday in Sky’s Soccer AM programme. Crawley’s winning goal came in the second half on 51 minutes – with Guion Edwards fierce strike that his the underside of the bar before nestling in the back of the net, seconds earlier Matt Harrold effort had come back off the bar from Lewis Young pin point cross. It’s what the Red Devils deserved; having out played the hosts all game – had they taken some of the chances created it would have been over as a contest much earlier. Luton did have chances but Brian Jensen, recalled into the side was on hand to save anything that got through the defence which was well marshalled by captain Dean Leacock in Joe Walsh’s absence. When they were beaten, the goal frame work came in to help with Luke Guttridge and Charlie Walker having strikes rebounding, one of which was in the last few minutes of the match.
Lewis Young, Bobson Bawling, Gavin Tomlin, Sonny Bradley and Matt Harrold all started in a much changed team from the Coventry line up and all played their part in this victory, Lewis Young having his best game so far the visitors – his pace was causing the Hatters defence all sorts of problems throughout the game. He had a couple of well hit strikes on target that were saved or clear off the line. On another day he could have scored a hat-trick. The performance against Luton will now give John Gregory some thinking to do, who is going to replace Joe Walsh and now Guion Edwards who has now also been called up into the full Welsh squad for their European Championship matches this weekend.
CHT “man of the match” – Dean Leacock
Attendance: 2,186 (125 Crawley)
Red Devils: Brian Jensen, Dean Leacock (C), Sonny Bradley, Gwion Edwards (Jimmy Smith 84), Lewis Young, Keith Keane, Matt Harrold, Bobson Bawling, Gavin Tomlin, Mat Sadler, Marvin Elliott. Subs not used: Conor Henderson, Izale McLeod, Josh Wright, Jamie Ashdown.
Hatters: Elliot Justham, Alex Lacey, Scott Griffiths (Alex Lawless 46), Steve McNulty (C), Luke Wilkinson, Nathan Doyle, Jonathan Smith (Matt Robinson 46), Jake Howells, Luke Guttridge, Paul Benson, Alex Wall (Charlie Walker 60). Subs not used: Mark Tyler, Jim Stevenson.

We are now meeting at the New Moon on match days and can say that it has been very well refurbished and there is plenty of TV’s to watch the live matches. The match day menu offer is also extremely good value as well. Come and join us and take a look for yourself  - in weeks to come there will be more CTFC memorabilia being put on to the walls and some have said the ceilings – we would like to thank Steve Duly for most the items on display, that said other supporters have also offer items to the New Moon.

 

Below is some info for you – where we are going, their home colours and what the Red Devils may be playing in and how far we are travelling. Our next away game is at Notts County, we have a 344 mile round trip departing on the Saturday morning at 8.30am.

 

Venue/trip

Home Colours

Crawley Colours

Mileage for round trip

Gillingham

Blue & White

Either

106

Leyton Orient

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

112

Colchester

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

180

Swindon

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

220

     

 

Peterborough United

Blue & White

Either

274

Yeovil

Green & White

Either

288

Bristol City

Blue & White

Either

292

Walsall

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

326

Notts County

Black & White

Either

344

Chesterfield

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

386

Port Vale

Black & White

Either

404

Crewe Alexandra

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

420

       

Scunthorpe United

Claret & Blue

Red & White

474

Bradford City

Black & Yellow

Red & White

492

Oldham

Blue & Orange

Red & White

500

Rochdale

Blue & White

Either

516

       

Fleetwood

Red & White

Yellow & Blue

566

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