Thanks to everyone who travelled to Walsall on Saturday – it wasn’t what we were hoping for from the past few performances and results. If you read my Observer comments below you will see what I and a lot of other thought as we travelled back on the coach. Extremely disappointing to say the least.
Hope you enjoyed the stop at the Butcher Arms (an Aston Villa pub – which went down well with Paul when we sent him a photo), it’s yet another great find, just off the M40. We arrived at 11.30, having made great time and were greeted by the owners and bar staff as we entered. Everyone was served very promptly and the buffet that was provided was excellent and plentiful for everyone.
We were made aware when we booked that there was another group booked in at 1.00pm so we contentiously decided to leave for Walsall at 1.00pm, that said the “Christening Party” duly started to arrive at 12.45pm wanting to set themselves up, they were a bit upset to see that a group of “Football Supporters” were already in the pub – not what they were expecting to see to say the least. We tried to console them saying we would be going soon but they still were a bit apprehensive – anyway we boarded the coach but not before Patrick and a few of the other supporters putting their hand in their pockets and did a collection for the Baby – handed it over the parents – saying were not a bad lot and get something for the baby – which the look on their faces was a picture.
We also got the thumbs up from the owners for future visits should we need to stop again – another one for the database.
After the game we travelled straight back arriving at the stadium for just after 8.00pm again no problems apart from getting away from the Stadium and to the motorway due to two sets of traffic lights that only let about 6 vehicles pass at a time. Once we hit the M6 we had a clear run home.
UP UP and Away.
Our overnight trip to the match against Plymouth Argyle next week is full – please pay any outstanding monies at the Grimsby game this Saturday please.
Salford City on 8th February – We really are getting great numbers for this trip, we now have 100 booked on our two coaches so only have just 14 seats remaining. Hopefully by the time we pull out of the Stadium we have two completely full coaches. We depart from the stadium at 7.30am and cost of the trip is again £20.00 and includes a buffet lunch on the way at the Kilton Inn, Knutsford. Please contact Alain on 07771-792346 to book on any of these trips. Please pay for your seats as soon as you can – either at the Grimsby or Scunthorpe matches.
For the midweek trip to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday 11th February (3 days after Salford) we have decided that we will only take the minibus so at the moment we have 10 seats available if you want to travel – please let me or Patrick know as soon as possible – we depart from the stadium at 2.00pm and cost is £20.00. We will stop on route for comfort/coffee breaks on both journeys.
Saturday 29th February 2020 – Exeter City kick off 3.00pm
We will be running our normal coach to this game departing the stadium at 7.30am and have a buffet stop arranged at the Eagle Tavern at Chard on the A303 – about 45 minutes from Exeter. Cost for this trip with “a view of Stonehenge” on the way is £20.00 including the buffet – the Eagle Tavern is where we stopped last Good Friday where they provided us with a cooked breakfast as it was an early 1.00pm kick off. We left quite early – but not early enough it seems as we had traffic problems, arriving at the stop an hour late, the food was still good and hot. We are now taking bookings for this match so please contact us if you want to book on.
Our last overnight trip of the season to Morecambe – Saturday 4th April – we depart from the stadium at 6.00am.
Fare for this overnight trip is £70.00 FOR ALL TRAVELLING – includes B & B in Morecambe and Coach Fare. We travel straight to the Clifton Hotel in Morecambe hopefully arriving for about midday with a comfort/coffee stop at the M6 Toll services – then the rest of the time is yours – we travel back on Sunday morning after breakfast, leaving about 9.30am. Please start booking on for this overnight trip – we are sorry but there will be no “there and back” on the day transport for this game. Please pay a £30.00 deposit to confirm your booking. We have now no single rooms available, but plenty of twin and double rooms.
My Observer Column
If it’s not broken, then don’t fix it was the supporters opinion on the coach as we travelled back from the game at Walsall.
Crawley were forced into making a change to the starting line-up after the warm up when Nathan Ferguson was replaced by Tarryn Allarahia, the only change from the team that beat Bradford. The team were playing well and although Walsall were having most of the possession they were not causing much trouble to the Crawley goal. Glenn Morris was the busier keeper but again his dominance behind the Crawley defence made sure that nothing went passed him.
Panutche Camara in the first half on 27 minutes. Crawley could and should have increased the lead with Tarryn Allarakhia strike from the edge of the area flashing past the post in the first 10 minutes before our goal, then in the second half, Ashley Nadesan’s one on one with the keeper could have done better. Had the team taken either of those chances then we probably would have come away with the 3 points and continued the unbeaten run.
On 70 minutes, manager John Yems decided to go more defensively and brought on Tom Dallison for Nadesan and George Francomb for Allarakhia which changed the formation of the side and from then gave Walsall the opportunity to push forward rather than having to defend against Crawley’s two strikers. All of the forward momentum had vanished with both Josh Doherty and Josh Dacres-Cogley now being pressurised at the back by Walsall getting much more of the ball, we stopped doing what we had for the first 70 minutes in pressurising the player with the ball and gave them the freedom of the park.
The host’s equaliser came from the right Gordon cut inside two defenders and fired his shot passed Glenn Morris into the net. Crawley still hadn’t learnt a lesson from the equaliser and still allowed the defence to be dragged apart and with two minutes remaining McDonald cut in from the left again beating two defenders to fire a dripping shot over Morris into the net, this off the bar and post.
In added time both Ollie Palmer and Jordan Tunnicliffe who had been pushed up front could have equalised with headers but failed to either beat the keeper or put the effort wide of the post. The Red Devils had been undone and all the hard work of the earlier stages of the game meant nothing and no points for the first time in the New Year.
The 154 travelling supporters left the stadium bemoaning the timing and use of the substitutions – hopefully everyone will learn from this, both Management and Players.
On Saturday we have a home match against Grimsby, with Ian Holloway now manager it will be an interesting situation as on a previous visit with Millwall in a pre-season match he got really upset with a few of our West Stand supporters. It going to be another tight game and a game that the home side must come out and stamp their authority early on and keep it going – we don’t want another Walsall.