For the second week running, Crawley had to come from behind to salvage a point from this game despite dominating possession for most of the match. It could have been so much better had Billy Clarkes penalty had been planted in the back of the net, but the Shrews keeper Weale dived and save the shot from 12 yards, however, Red Devils the unbeaten run continues.
Manager Barker made only one change to the team that beat Gillingham, Jamie Proctor coming in for the suspended Gary Alexander, with Joe Walsh and Mike Jones on the bench and still no start for striker Emile Sinclair. Where was Luke Rooney, his name was missing from the team sheet with only the 6 named substitutes listed.
Crawley was the better side in the first half with five good chances being squandered either with woeful finishing or the visitor’s keeper making saves. Jamie Proctor, playing in the loan striker roll was not having much support from the midfield getting forward to help him, if we are going to play this system we need the like of Nicky Adams and Billy Clarke to be there when he has the ball.
Shrewsbury caused a few problems on the counter, with James Hurst and Mat Sadler being caught out going forward – on 41 minutes the game could have changed when Nicky Adams was brought down in the area and Referee Ward pointed to the spot, unfortunately it didn’t happen and at the other end of the pitch Paul Jones added time save ensured the game ended 0 – 0 at half time.
With no changes to either team, the second half started, on the Shrews first attack the Red Devils found themselves a goal down – with the visitors midfielder Aaron Wildig firing past Paul Jones from the edge of the area.
Going behind spurred the home side into action and Crawley dominated the second half, Josh Simpson, Mat Sadler, Billy Clarke were all denied by some great saves by Chris Weale but in Jamie Proctors case his shot is now in orbit, however it all changed on 64 minutes, a cross by Nicky Adams was flicked on by Jamie Proctor to finding Adam Drury at the back post, with his diving header finding the back of the net. It is what Crawley deserved for the efforts.
Crawley continued to dominate the game with only a few breakaways by the visitors, which never really caused the home defence any problems, on the occasions they did Paul Jones was in no mood to be beaten again. Crawley brought on Emile Sinclair for the tired Jamie Proctor who had run and run all afternoon but to no avail. Late on Crawley brought on Mike Jones for the booked James Hurst, but try as they did including the extra 4 minutes off added time Crawley failed to find the net again and the visitors went home with a point with their keeper being their best player over the 90 minutes.
CHT man of the match was Dannie Bulman
Attendance 3202 (253 visitors)
Red Devils: Paul Jones, James Hurst (Mike Jones 83), Mat Sadler, Mark Connolly, Kyle McFadzean; Josh Simpson, Dannie Bulman, Andy Drury; Nicky Adams, Billy Clarke, Jamie Proctor (Emile Sinclair 70).
Subs: Connor Essam, Sergio Torres, Joe Walsh, Emile Sinclair, Mike Jones, Johny Maddison.
Shrews: Chris Weale; Joe Jacobson, Ryan Woods, Darren Jones, Connor Goldson; Jon Taylor, Paul Parry (David McAllister 83), Luke Summerfield, Aaron Wildrig; Tom Bradshaw (Adam Reach 83), Curtis Main (Graham Burke 88).
Subs: Dave Winfield, David McAllister, Alex McQuade, Adam Reach, Graham Burke, Joe Anyon, Dom Smith.
Congratulations to Danny Ibrahim who won the CHT/GHCoaches quiz – The draw was made on Saturday lunch time and Danny correctly answered the question – Who scored the winning goal against Derby County in the FA Cup 3rd round match – the answer was of course fans favorite Sergio Torres in the 90 minute of the game. Danny wins a free trip to Colchester next week. Thank you to all that entered and can confirm that everyone got the question correct, we will be doing this again in the future, so keep an eye out for the next question about Crawley Town.
Next away match is next Saturday – when the Red Devils make the fairly short trip to Essex and visit Colchester United, watch out for our match preview later in the week, GH Coaches have a few seats remaining on the coach to this game – costs £10.00 for Adults and £5.00 for under 16’s – coach departs the Checkatrade.com stadium at midday – call Alain 07771-792346 to book on.
OVERNIGHT TRIP TO CARLISLE UNITED – 16th November 2013
We are now taking bookings for our overnight trip to Carlisle on 16th November, we need to confirm with the hotel so that we can get the rooms required booked and a deposit paid – Cost for this trip is £60.00 (there is no single room supplement) for all adults travelling and £45.00 for under 16’s sharing with parents – we require a £25.00 deposit when booking – The £60 cost includes coach travel, B & B in Morecambe and a buffet on the way up. We depart the Checkatrade.com stadium at 6.00am on the Saturday morning and get back to Crawley on the Sunday afternoon about 4.00pm. The hotel in Morecambe is where we usually stay, this is now the 6th time we have stopped there and they have always made us very welcome and all have been an enjoyable evenings. Contact Alain to book on with your deposit please or for more details.
SHEFFIELD UNITED – Friday 4th October 2013.
We only have 2 seats remaining on our minibus to Sheffield United fixture on Friday 4th October – cost is £20.00 for this trip, departing the Stadium at 1.30pm. The game kicks off at 7.45pm – we will stop en-route (Watford Gap) for the game and also at the Harvester on the way into Sheffield, where we stopped for food last season. Again contact Alain (07771-792346) to book on.
“CHT Sports Reporter”
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