Thanks to those who travelled up to Crewe yesterday - again it was bitterly cold evening in the stand but the support was again brilliant all match, well done to the 33 - its disappointing that we didn't come away with a point after all the effort the team showed over the 90 minutes, Glenn Morris was again in great form with two terrific saves - Crewe were the better side overall the match but when we went 1 down after the penalty we did come back into the game and justly got our equaliser, again from the penalty spot, Nathan Ferguson making no mistake. The sucker punch came in the final minutes of the game, a cross came over and got a deflection that looped over Glenn Morris to the back post for Porter to head home - we keep conceding these late goal, we must have lost so many points like this over the season.
We had two good trips, as the minibus wasn't full we had a bit of room as well - we had a stop at Warwick Services at 4.00pm, then pushed onto the White Lion for a drink arriving at 6.00pm, we were hoping for something to eat but that finished at 3.00pm - but standing in front of an open fire in the bar was very welcoming - and we even considered staying in the warm for the evening - but no - it was off to the stadium to watch the game - we managed to park the minibus outside the away turnstiles which was a result, and thanks to Crewe stewards for allowing this. After the game some headed to the Chippy we saw as we pulled into the stadium earlier, CLOSED - we then headed to another services just before you get on the M6 - KFC - CLOSED - so final chance was Keele Services - success - managed to get something to eat. We then pushed home, arriving back in Crawley at 2.10am - having had a comfort break at Oxford services, well, they haven't yet designed minibuses with toilet facilities. That was the last midweek evening away game, so that's Newport County, Plymouth Argyle and Crewe all done and thanks to all of you who have travelled to these game. We even managed to cover all costs to these games as well which was a great bonus.
We now have a couple of home matches until our away game at Exeter City, another team challenging for automatic promotion - another toughie - but lets home that the games against Carlisle United this Saturday and Stevenage the following week bring us 6 valuable points.
The coach to Exeter City on the 29th Feb is filling up, we have only 10 seats remaining - so please book on as soon as possible to avoid disappointment - if necessary we will see if a second coach is available for this game from Premier but we need more supporters booking on to ensure that costs are covered if a second is agreed - we depart from the stadium at 7.30am, a bit earlier than normal but the M23 is shut northbound for the weekend so we have to travel via Reigate to the M25. Cost for this trip is £20.00 and includes a buffet lunch at another new venue - the Stonemasons in Ilchester. Please contact either me or Patrick to book on - all bookings will be confirmed so that you know your are on board the coach.
After Exeter City we have 5 away games remaining - all coaches depart from the stadium at the times shown.
Port Vale - Saturday 14th March - departs 7.30am, buffet stop at the Cross Keys, Castle Donington
Swindon - Saturday 21st Match - departs 11.30am (no buffet stop),
Morecambe (full details see below),
Cheltenham Monday 13th April - departs 9.00am - Easter Monday) buffet stop to be decided
and finally Mansfield Saturday 25th April - departs 8.00am - buffet stop at the Cross Keys, Castle Donington - also depending on kick off time which could change if one of the League 2 matches is selected to be shown live on TV - this is our last game of the season.
We are now taking bookings for all these matches. All these matches except Morecambe are £20.00 each - departure times are shown.
Our overnight trip to Morecambe is going well, we need to confirm with the hotel by the 24th March if you want to book on then please again contact us - cost of the trip is £70.00 - which includes Coach, Overnight B & B in Morecambe - and a great evening out in the town after the game - or what ever you want to do for the evening. We depart from the stadium at 6.00am for the trip up and will stop at the M6 toll services before heading for Morecambe, hopefully arriving just after midday to book into the Hotel. We stay at the Clifton which is on the sea front and about a 10 minute walk to the stadium. You can provisionally on book your coach and room now but we will need a £30.00 deposit before we can confirm your place on the trip. Sorry but there will be no "there and back on the day" transport for this game.
I will be in Redz before any of the home matches if you want to book on or pay your Morecambe deposit - if you have any questions about the away trips then don't hesitate in asking.