Just a quick update - by now you will know we have been drawn away against Southend United in the FA Cup 1st round - we have contacted Premier to confirm the coach(es) - whether we take, 1,2 or 3 depends on supporters, we have pre-warned it could be as many as 3 - once we know details we will publish them on our E mailed updates, the Website and Forum and hopefully on the club website - we will be taking money up front for this game and issuing coach tickets.
Jumping the gun a bit - If its the Saturday 3.00pm kick off - we will depart the Broadfield Stadium at 11.30am and will travel straight to the ground - there will be no buffet stop for this game. Price structure - £20.00 for all travelling supporters - however for the under 15's it will be £15.00 but must be accompanied by a responsible adult. 15's and above can travel unaccompanied.
We hope to have full details by the weekend and coach tickets will then go on sale, if you want to start booking your seats then please do - we already have names - but you must pay before travel. We will be in REDZ before any of the home matches including the Sussex Senior Cup game on the 6th November. I will also sort out a couple of afternoon/evenings with the club that we will sell the tickets.
I will be in Redz tonight before the Exeter game if you want to start putting your names down for the Southend coaches - we will also take any names for the Tranmere game on Saturday.
Another win at home, that's 5 now on the trot under manager Gabrielle Cioffe – he has certainly got the team playing well at home and yesterday’s performance was the best so far, shame only 2157 witnessed it – complete dominance for virtually the whole game - apart from the initial 15 minutes of the second half allowing Newport to get back into the game equalising through Jamille Matt, after we had taken a first half lead in the first minute from Joe Maguire’s effort from Lewis Young’s cross. The team created at least 5 other chances but Newport keeper Joe Day saved them. Having conceded the equaliser on 59 minutes, the Red Devils stepped up a gear and went ahead again 5 minutes later when Ollie Palmer was brought down in the penalty area – Filipe Morais made no mistake from 12 yards. Ollie Palmer then made no mistake from George Francombes cross, heading in at the back post, his 8th of the season on 72 minutes. Then the goal of the game on 79 minutes – sub Ashley Nathanial-George went on another mazy run from inside his own half past two defenders before firing a 25 yard bullet past Joe Day to put the game beyond doubt. County were reduce to 10 men with 10 minutes remaining when Fraser Franks was dismissed following a lunge on AN-G – the home side had chances to increase the goal difference but Day was keeping them at bay, so with 6 minutes added to the 90 played the scored remained at 4 – 1. The atmosphere at the game was better and with this win sent the home fans happy and really looking forward to the home fixture against Exeter on Tuesday evening.
We now have a +3 positive goal difference and just out of the play-offs on equal points as Bury who have +8. One point of note is that Crawley have scored in every game at home since Boxing Day last year. If we continue playing as we are at home then the support will start to come back – starting against Exeter, but with Champions League on the TV makes it difficult. But as its half term week so we could see the kids attending a game under the Broadfield lights.
Congratulations to former Red Devil Guion Edwards on his call up to the full Welsh squad for the recent Euro Championship match against Ireland – Wales one the match 1 – 0, however, Guion was only on the subs bench and didn’t get brought on. I think we have another lump of cash coming our way should he get on the pitch and become a full Welsh International.
Well done to Reece Grego-Cox playing his final U21’s match for the Irish team – he’s now too old to play in the team having reached the ripe old age of 21. – He played 20 times for the youth teams, scoring 7 times including a hat-trick against Israel
It was the FA cup 4th Qualifying round this weekend for the non-league sides making it into the First round - we are ball No 15 in the draw - so on Monday evening we will know who we will be playing - please can we have a decent draw this season having had the worst possible draw last season – Away to Wigan who were top of League 1. Although we were defeated 2 – 1 we did give a good display with Jordan Roberts scoring our before half time – Wigan came back in the second with two goals, the winner being a screamer from 30 yards which gave Glenn Morris no chance of reaching. The draw is live on BBC2 at 7.00pm.
Next Tuesday Exeter City visit the Broadfield Stadium with a 7.45pm kick off. Like Newport they are in the top three automatic promotion places, and on Saturday drew at Grimsby 0 – 0. They have two former Red Devils in the squad – Jonathan Forte and Lloyd James. It’s going to be another difficult match but winnable – having seen the performance against Newport County, I’d go with the same starting line-up provided all the players came through the game injury free – Mark Connolly was the one getting all the attention on the pitch, hopefully he’s ok.
The draw for the Sussex Senior Cup 2nd round was made last night and we have been drawn at home to Haywards Heath – the game will take place on Tuesday 6th November at the Broadfield Stadium with a 7.45pm kick off – it’s likely that only the West Stand will be opened for this game and that the rest of the squad will get some game time – prices yet to be announced. Haywards Heath play in the Bostic South East division having gained promotion last season from the Southern Counties (Former Sussex County) League where they are in 7th position – this is the same league that Three Bridges, Horsham play in. Next Saturday the team and supporters fly to their game – against Guernsey – something that so far we haven’t done for a league game.
Patrick and a few friends on the coach have agreed to sponsor Ashley Nathanial-George, home shirt – if you would like to help and donate towards the cause, then we may be able to do the away shirt as well. Please see Patrick for details if you are interested. Pledges have been made and some of the money is coming in, so please let’s get this done as quickly as possible.
NEXT AWAY TRAVEL - COACH DETAILS TO TRANMERE ROVERS
TRANMERE ROVERS – Saturday 27th October – 3.00pm kick off – to date 30 booked on the coach, would brilliant if we could get another 10 booked on – we will make a loss on this coach even if full – which is covered by the previous profits made.
Hopefully we will see the performances at the home matches in the away games – it is different playing away and the team is likely to be set up differently but we need to improve these away results and at Tranmere Rovers would be a good place and time to start. The team need your support, so why not join us, we do have a good day out. Contact us to book a seat either by a return E mail, phone 07771-792346 to Alain or Twitter/Facebook to Patrick. If all else fails see us in Redz on Tuesday before the Exeter game. We will confirm all bookings made so that you know you are on the coach, generally within an hour of the request being made (unless its midnight!!!!)
Our coaches are comfortable and have decent leg room, also they have toilet facilities. The only dodgy stuff is the music played - with a sing-along choir at the back (I don't want that to put you off though). We also have TV screens so that video's can be watched if wanted.
We depart from the stadium at 7.00am for this journey. We have arranged a stop at the Tollmarsh Arms on the A51 just north of Nantwich - Cost is £20.00 and includes the buffet at the pub - we hope to arrive for about 11.45am, having had a coffee break at the M6 Toll services - we will depart at 1.15pm for the hour’s trip to Tranmere. We park at the ground and if I remember there is a pub next door to the stadium which we can use – called the Birch Tree. For this game we will only be taking the one coach. Also, as a reminder for all supporters travelling, please do not bring any alcohol on to the coach as this is one of the grounds that we have been previously inspected at after all the supporters had left the coach.
Match Tickets are on sale from the ticket office and we are housed in the Summit Marine Scaffolding Cowshed Stand
Adults (23-64) - £18, Senior (65+) - £11, Young Persons* (18-22) - £ 11, Disabled - £11, Under 18 - £5
Under 12 (accompanied) - £2 - There is a £2 price increase on the day of the game, where tickets can be purchased in the ticket office at Tranmere or on the turnstile (cash only).
*Young Person will require ID. Tranmere operate a strict policy on ID, which must have their date of birth on. Student ID is not accepted. If ID cannot be provided, a full adult price will be charged.
We have contingency plans should the M6 be troublesome on the way up - 2 alternative routes to the pub (can’t be late there).
GILLINGHAM – Tuesday 13th November – 7.45pm kick off – Checkatrade Trophy final group match.
We will aim to run a coach to this game, failing that we will put on a minibus – we depart from the Stadium at 5.00pm and will go straight to the ground – again cost for this trip is £20.00 – we have a few booked on already, so please contact us if you want to travel. We still have a good chance in finishing runners up so would progress to the next round, with an away game against a winner of another southern group side.
Just as a note of warning – the CHEALS Roundabout at Gossops Green on the A23 is going under major road works over the next 29 weeks – please give yourself extra time if you are coming from that direction to the stadium either Home and Away matches – it may be easier to sort an alternative route – the works starts on Monday 22nd October.
BOOK NOW FOR AWAY TRAVEL
If you are intending to travel by coach then contact us as soon as possible – the coaches are starting to fill up early and if we need a second then we can decide and book it early so that we don’t have disappointed supporters. We are now taking bookings for all of the October and November matches. We will have a game on 10th November – this is FA Cup weekend – if drawn away we will be running a coach to the game.
See you Tuesday at the game