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Watter a great game

CRAWLEY TOWN 4 MORECAMBE 0

Max Watters start to his playing career at the Red Devils – 3 goals in 105 minutes of football over two matches.
On the Morecambe fans forum Andy D wrote “Watters the next Jamie Vardy from League 2? very fast and direct” if only that comes to fruition it would be brilliant for the Red Devils.

Max Watters was the star man against Morecambe who were the league leaders going into the game on Saturday, however, that didn’t worry the home side who extended their unbeaten home form since last November with an emphatic second half display that saw a four goal blitz. The first half was the complete opposite to the second with both teams cancelling out each other’s efforts which were not many to be honest. Glenn Morris was brought into action in the final minutes of the half from a rare shot on target.

Ashley Nadesan picked up an injury in the first half as was replaced by Max Watters making his league debut in the second period. Straight from the kick off you could see the pace and strength as he attacked down the left wing and cut in only for his shot to be straight at the keeper. The Red Devils went ahead on the 52nd minute when after some neat passing and a shot that was blocked from Sam Matthews the ball came out to George Francomb who hammered a 20 yard bullet which ended up in the net, off the post for his second screamer of the season.

Crawley were extremely fortunate that Glenn Morris was saved for a possible sending off by an offside decision when the Morecambe midfielder Gomes was through and was clattered by Morris just outside of the penalty box, after a discussion between the two officials the referee Busby pointed for the free kick for offside. A sigh of relief for all the home fans watching.

The Red Devils then settled down and the passing and movement was great to watch, another great move down the right wing saw Jack Powell put a pinpoint cross to Max Watters to head home for his first league goal on 67 minutes. Then four minutes later he was at it again, a long clearance from Morris beat everyone and landed at the feet of a Morecambe defender who’s back pass was under hit to the stranded keeper Turner and Watters was their again to pass the ball into an empty net. 3 – 0 up against the league leaders, it doesn’t get better than that, Oh yes it does on 77 minutes, Crawley extended the lead to 4 when Tyler Frost turned and fired the ball into the net after a great dummy by Tom Nichols. The Red Devils nearly made it 5 in added time when “birthday boy” Tarryn Allarakhia header from Powell’s corner rattle the post.

This second half display was the best seen at the PP Stadium for some time and have Crawley found that missing link to their scoring problem. The Fans on social were in raptures about his and this performance and quite rightly voted Max Watters as their man of the match – which you couldn’t argue about.

John Yems was quick to calm everyone down in his post-match interview saying “YES” it was a good win and a good second half performance but this is needed to keep going into our next matches. I think a saw a bit of a smile though.

Matches are coming thick and fast now with 4 games over the next 14 days, Exeter City on Tuesday evening who drew 0-0 with Walsall, and Salford City on Saturday who lost at Port Vale, both away, then Tranmere Rovers again on the Tuesday evening and finally the current league leaders Cambridge United on the Saturday, all very difficult matches and the full squad will need to be fighting fit for these.

The first is tomorrow at Exeter City, the game has an earlier kick off at 7.00pm and live coverage will be on iFollow as normal with Gary Smith and Ken Blackmore providing the commentary and summaries during the 90 minutes.

Crawley have a great record against Exeter City over the past few season, we have also denied them automatic promotion by winning twice at St James’s Park. May be the hosts asked for this game to be played earlier in the season so we can’t do to them again this season – anyway 3 points would be a good return again on Tuesday.

NEW SIGNINGS – an ever increasing squad size.

Another signing before the window closes – Jake Hesketh a midfielder from Southampton on a season long loan –

the new signings were striker Max Watters from Maidstone, previously at Doncaster Rovers and defender Nicholas Tsaroulla from Brentford both on 1 years with an option of a further year.

Crawley also completed the signing on Tuesday morning of midfielder Henry Burnett on a year’s contract – Burnett was released by Southend at the end of last season. He has been recovering from an ACL injury which kept him inactive for over two years – he has already featured in a game for Crawley against Watford during the pre-season.

We wish them all good luck for their time with the Red Devils.

CHANGE OF KICK OFF TIMES

Our home fixture against Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday 27th October has now an earlier kick off time – the game now starts at 6.30pm as requested by the visitors which Crawley and the EFL have agreed to.

Finally our last match in the EFL Trophy against Ipswich at the PP Stadium on Tuesday 10th November has now an earlier 7.00pm kick off.

REMAINDER OF THE OCTOBER MATCHES for your iFollow TV viewing pleasure.

Tuesday 20th October 2020 – Exeter City at St James’s Park. Kick off 7.00pm.

Saturday 24th October 2020 – Salford City at the Peninsular kick off 3.00pm.

Tuesday 27th October 2020 – Tranmere Rovers at the PP Stadium. Kick off 6.30pm.

Saturday 31st October 2020 – Cambridge United at the PP Stadium. Kick off 3.00pm.

Crawley 1 Arsenal u21’s 2

I paid my £10 for the game and watched the full 90 minutes from the comfort of my armchair and a beer or two in hand and my eyes glued to the screen. Was it worth it you ask, well its 90 minutes of my life I won’t get back but yes overall was enjoyable especially with John Yems in the commentary box as summariser with Gary Smith – well, wasn’t doing anything else any way.

The Red Devils certainly gave a good showing of themselves and can be proud of the way they took the game to the Gunners youth, new signing Max Watters opened his account with the home club by equalising just before the interval after a great pass from Powell and his run and powerful drive beat the visiting keeper into the far corner of the net. Take nothing away from the visitors they are a good side and on balance of play probably deserved the win, but the Red Devils did have chances to cause an upset. With John Yems commenting during the game you got an in site to what upsets managers when looking at the standard of refereeing – again against Arsenal it wasn’t good. Arbiter Alan Cooper time and time again blew up for so-called fouls which when watched again were very soft indeed and on most occasion against the home-side – with the young gunners continually falling over to convince the referee it was a foul. All the 6 bookings, 3 each were again very soft. In the end Crawley lost to a great strike from Azeez in the second period but all in all they came away with full credit from me for a display that deserved more from the game.

We are now out of the EFL trophy with one game to play against Ipswich next month, if this youthful town team play as well again it will be an enjoyable game to watch with no pressure on the player’s only pride with hopefully the manager in the commentary box again giving his opinions throughout the game.

We all moan about the Academy under 21’s sides being allowed to play in the EFL Trophy but we do on occasions see some new young bright talent that will make it in the future and you can say that we saw him play at Crawley. This was evident in the Arsenal side, as John Yems alluded to, these young players should be playing first team football at some league club instead of stalemating in so called youth football in a non-competitive structure where results really don’t matter. It’s about mastering their game for their first team debut, and getting their once flair and skill out of them so making them the stereo-type first team player. It’s a shame that it happens time after time that young talented players get picked up by these Academy’s and then they lose their gift to play their own game. Also parents are to take some of blame as well, they see the bright lights of these clubs and sign on the dotted line without taking a step back and thinking about it for a while. Being at an Academy doesn’t set you up for a life as a footballer – it only gives the youngster a dream and when that dream is shattered by a phone call or a meeting with the manager to say that we are releasing you – their world drops. By looking at it the other way by coming through non-league football, if you are any good you will be found, and you will always be going upwards – Jamie Vardy (Fleetwood), Ian Wright (Greenwich Borough), Troy Deeney (Halesowen), Chris Smalling (Maidstone), Danny Ings (Dorchester) Charlie Austin (Poole) are players who have all made the step up from non-league and in some cases are full internationals.

“Project Big Picture” we know that this has now been formally cancelled but from our perspective was again the Premier big clubs and the EFL hierarchy trying to rough-ride over the lower divisions. Making promises of large sums of money early on, but how much would actually filter down to the lower divisions to teams like us, until they, the PL voting clubs decide that the funding will end and vote against it in a few years down the line. Football is and will always be a national game for everyone not just the elitist clubs and their wealthy owners. These proposals should be voted on by all clubs and supporters should also have their comments heard – the existing chiasm between the leagues will grow even bigger and clubs like Crawley would never be able to progress, so what would be the point of us even trying. All supporters live a dream of getting their team into the Premier League at some point, this proposal would slam the door firmly shut. Even now some of the PL teams are not convinced about this proposal that will see them lose income due to reduced matches if the league numbers are cut and parachute payments stopped when relegated.

Cheltenham Town 2 Crawley Town 0

Our previous 3 game winning 1 – 0 streak against the Robins came to an end as Crawley produced a lack luster performance on the road on Saturday against Cheltenham. A team who will be challenging for a top spot or play-off position by the end of the season. Crawley did create the odd chance and if Tom Nichols header and another long range strike from George Francomb had either effort had gone in then we may have seen a different game, but that’s our luck at the moment. Again both goals scored against the Red Devils came from basic defensive errors, which is a worrying statistic at the moment as towards the curtailment of last season we had cut most of those out – the paring of Tunnicliffe and Dallison must return as they were a great partnership, as much as Tony Graig has experience he has, in my opinion, not stamped his authority in any game yet. On Saturday we were again overrun in midfield and perhaps we should have played the 4-4-2 formation which would have given us a bit more fire power up front – anyway the match has gone we move on, we go on to the next ones against Arsenal u21’s tonight and table topping Morecambe on Saturday, both home matches.

One final note about Saturday was the performance of the referee Mr TREVOR KETTLE – so inept and so far off the pace of the game it was embarrassing – with some strange decision going both ways. You could see our management team getting more and more frustrated with the match official as the game went on. It came no surprise when the bookings of our management team happened and then finally John Yems being sent off after the final whistle. If he had controlled it better from the start, none of the bookings to Bradbury and Yems would have happened. Would love to have seen the referee assessors report. Unfortunately the manager will now serve a touchline ban and will be fined over his post-match comments to the press. What was that – someone put the “KETTLE” on.

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