Thanks to all who travelled to Cambridge on Saturday, the timings could not have worked out any better, departing after the Rugby World Cup final, which we thank the club for allowing us to watch it in the stadium suite we left at 11am – thankfully the M25 was clear, even at Dartford crossing which was a blessing – we arrived at Cambridge to park up at 1.00pm – allowing time to those who wanted to get a pre-match drink. One thing I will say is that we were disappointed that Cambridge wanted to charge us £2.00 each to get into their clubhouse – where we at Crawley do not charge visiting supporters – obviously we didn’t pay and found a pub just down from the stadium. The return journey was just as good arriving back at Crawley just after 7.00pm. You can read my take on the match below which I do for the Observer.
Last night we played our 2nd round match of the Sussex Senior Cup away at East Preston – we came away with a 5 – 0 victory with goals from Bloomfield (2), Nadesan, Sesay and van Velzen. My only comments about the game was that we tried to play our passing game on a difficult pitch that wasn’t the quality of ours as you would expect – it got a bit frustrating at times as the ball was holding up on the surface. It also gave some of the other squad members 90 minutes of competitive football which they all needed, good to see Joe McNerney get back into playing again. On the plus side, tea and coffee served in mugs and drinks in the bar in glass rather than plastic, other than if you wanted to take your alcoholic drink outside when watching the game.
We now have a couple of cup games next on the calendar – the F A Cup match on Saturday against Scunthorpe United which has to be a must win for the team, club and most importantly for the supporters – it’s been a few years since we had a good F A cup run – hopefully this season will be it. It is going to be competitive as we know the visitors will be wanting a cup run themselves – we have to get behind our team to get them motivated from the start. Following on from Saturday we have the League Trophy game against Oxford United on Tuesday evening – we can’t progress in this competition now so the team will only be playing for pride and of course the prize money you pick up if you win – if the game is level at 90 minutes then it’s another penalty shoot-out. I would expect like East Preston some of the other squad members to get some more game time.
Match tickets for the FA Cup game on Saturday are now on general sale – with the same prices as previous cup matches
Adults £10, Concessions £5.00 and under 11’s free with a full paying adult – let’s hope for another good attendance.
GH Away Travel Competition Time again
This time it’s to win two tickets for the up and coming home league match against Exeter City on Saturday 23rd November kick off 3.00pm.
All you have to do is correctly name the starting 11 that manager Gabrielle Cioffi selects for the F A Cup match against Scunthorpe this Saturday – please also state what you think will be the attendance at the game so that should there be more than one correct selection the nearest to the attendance announced will be the winner. Please only send your entries to me via E mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) by this Saturday at 10.00am, I will acknowledge all entries received. Any selections received after this time will not be entered. This prize can’t be transferred to another game so that you must be available for the Exeter City match.
UP UP AND AWAY
Our next scheduled away league match is against Stevenage on Saturday 7th December, over a month away, so time to have some Saturdays at home – although we could have some cup games in this period, should this happen then we will obviously send some details around about travel arrangements.
Overnight trip to Plymouth Argyle – Tuesday 28th January 2020 – Kick off 7.45pm.
Just as a reminder we are going to do the Plymouth Argyle midweek match on Tuesday 28th January as an overnight trip travelling down on the Tuesday leaving at 10.00am and returning on Wednesday at about 10.00am – we have booked 20 twin rooms at the Travelodge Hotel, Derriford about 3 miles north of the stadium – we have to confirm numbers by the end of December – cost is £65.00 if you are prepared to share a room or £95 for a single occupancy – we will need a £30.00 deposit when booking. We aim to get to the Hotel for about 4.00pm to book in and then make our own way to the ground rather than use the coach. As a last resort, if we don’t get sufficient numbers to run the coach we will use our normal minibus. We will find somewhere to have lunch on the way to Plymouth and then on the way back on Wednesday.
STEVENAGE – Saturday 7th December 2019 - 3.00pm kick off
The supporters coach departs from the Stadium at 10.30am and the cost is £20.00. We have arranged a buffet stop at the Sun Inn at Lemsford, where we stopped last season – we will travel straight to the pub before the game with no planned stop – after the game we will travel straight back to Crawley.
OLDHAM ATHLETIC – Saturday 21st December 2019 – 3.00pm kick off.
The supporters coach departs from the Stadium at 7.30am and the cost is £20.00. We have arranged a buffet stop at the Kilton Inn, Knutsford – again this is a new venue for us this season– we will have comfort/coffee stops on each journey at the M6 Toll services.
GRIMSBY – Sunday 29th December 2019 – 3.00pm kick off.
As a reminder this game is on a SUNDAY - The supporters coach departs from the Stadium at 7.30am and the cost is £20.00. We have arranged a buffet stop at the Red Hart, Blyth – where we stopped on the way to Scunthorpe – we will have comfort/coffee stops on each journey at the Peterborough Services.
To book on any of the above coaches please contact either me or Patrick and we will confirm your seat or see us in REDZ before any home game coming up in the next few weeks
My Observer match comments
The supporters are going through mixed emotions at the moment with the management and team somehow not progressing as to the promising start made to the season – it’s now just 1 win in 12 matches, it’s so frustrating as we have been playing some of the best football by a Crawley team over the past few seasons – and Saturday at Cambridge was just the same.
The Red Devils somehow managed to lose this game after taking an 80th minute lead through Bez Lubada 8th goal of the season. The hosts came back in the 83rd and 86th minutes to take all three points and sent the visiting team and fans home wondering how that happened.
Gabrielle Cioffi make four changes to the side that were well beaten by Colchester the previous Tuesday evening. The changes saw Glenn Morris, Ashley Nathaniel-George, Lewis Young and Panutche Camara return with Michael Luyambula, Mason Bloomfield, Tarryn Allarakhia and David Sesay dropping to the bench. Ollie Palmer was out due to a toe injury pick up after the Colchester game.
Once again Crawley were the better side over the 90 minutes and despite Cambridge United’s early dominance failed to create any clear cut chances. In the second half there was only one team in it – Crawley, getting back to the form they showed earlier in the season and taking the game to their hosts – attack after attack the Red Devils forges forward and it was just either a final pass or a weak effort that stopped them taking the lead much earlier.
With 7 minutes remaining a hope-full long ball over the top found Sam Smith who beat Jordan Tunnicliffe and shot from a tight angle past Glenn Morris to the goal off the far post to level up the score. The winner 3 minutes later was a complete fluke and you can’t fault anyone – Glenn Morris came out of the area when another long ball was played along the touchline only for his clearance to hit the Paul Lewis and rebound into the open goal, it could have gone anywhere, it was just our bad luck that it went into the net to the dismay of the 154 visiting fans and team.
The manager now has to get the team ready for the FA cup match this weekend with Scunthorpe United visiting the stadium for the first round game – with the current form, many the fans getting disillusioned with his team selections, so he has to select the strongest team possible and get them to start the game in a positive way and to win, which is what all the home fans will require as a minimum after recent results.