RED DEVILS FALL AT FIRST HURDLE

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Crawley Town 1 – 2 Luton Town

The Red Devils were dumped out of the FA cup in the first round by Luton, who reversed the 2 – 1 score line from the league game earlier in October.

Crawley made a couple of changes to the side that beat York City, Roarie Deacon and Christian Scales can in for Shamir Fenelon and Mitch Hancox.

The home side had the better of the game in both halves and created numerous chances to take a deserved lead in the tie, but like all things at present could find that finishing touch. The visitors were not as strong as in the league game, resting some of their key players including the first choice keeper but still managed to take the lead early in the second half when a curling shot from Josh McQuiod sailed over Darryl Flahavan into the net on 54 minutes. The Red Devils continued to cause the Luton defense problems but still couldn’t trouble the visiting reserve keeper who made a couple of comfortable saves.

On 63 minutes the home side were back in the game. Forcing a corner, the center from Simon Walton’s found Matt Harrold who headed home for the equaliser which on balance of play they deserved. Walton, probably having his best game for Crawley continued to go forward looking for the winner and all seemed comfortable against the Hatters side, but with the game heading for a replay, McQuiod was on hand on 89 minutes to fire past Flahavan following a defensive error by Josh Yerworth when he failed to clear the ball hitting Scales and rebounding to the Luton striker. The Red Devils had no time to react to this late winner and Luton will be in the hat for Monday’s 2nd round draw.

CHT “man of the match” – Simon Walton

Red Devils: Flahavan, Scales, Walton (Rooney 85), Bradley, Edwards, Jimmy Smith, Young, Harrold, Deacon (Fenelon 87) Yorwerth, Murphy (Barnard 83). Unused subs: Preston, Fenelon, Ashton, Tomlin, Jenkins

Hatters: Justham, Jonathan Smith, Cuthbert, Lawless (Green 70), Griffiths, Marriott (Benson 60), Lee, Long, Guttridge, McQuoid, Wilkinson. Unused subs: Potts, McGeehan, McCourt, O’Brien, Tyler

ATTENDANCE: 1,929 (487 away)

Tomorrow Night – Sussex Senior Cup – v HASTINGS UNITED

This cup match will be played at the Checkatrade.com stadium this Tuesday 10th November 2015 with a 7.30pm kick off – the match will be played to a finish with extra time and penalties if required – for this match only the East Stand will be open and admission prices are £5.00 adults and £2.00 concession. 

England v Switzerland U21’s European Championship qualifier

at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton – tickets still available

Fancy a trip to the AMEX stadium next month – We are organising tickets and coach transport for this match on Monday 16th November at the AMEX. It is an early evening kick off at 5.45pm. We depart Crawley at 4.00pm allowing for traffic from the Checkatrade.com Stadium. Costs are £20.00 for Adults and £15.00 for concessions – that’s for your coach and match ticket. I have now contacted Brighton and the coach will be parked at the stadium. We will leave straight after the game back to Crawley. Please contact Alain Harper (07771-792346) to book on this trip – we will get the match tickets for you. I need your bookings by 2nd November to get the group tickets. If you book after this date then you may not be sitting with us at the match.

EXETER CITY – Saturday 14th November 2015 – 3.00pm kick off

Our Next Away League fixture is to Exeter City on Saturday 14th November 2015 – we depart the New Moon at 8.30am and have a buffet booked at the Eagle Tavern at en-route to the game. Cost for this trip is Adults £20 and under 16’s £15.00 who must be accompanied by an adult. We should be at the pub for Midday depending on traffic conditions and will leave about 1.30pm for the 40 minute trip to Exeter. We depart straight after the game back to Crawley.

Carlisle United – Overnight trip – Saturday 28th November 2015 – the longest trip of the season.

With the CTSA now not running any transport to this game we are the only one providing a supporters coach, but it is an overnight stop – Under 18’s must be accompanied by an Adult.

We are now taking bookings for this match – 23 have now booked on for the overnight trip.

We will be stopping at the Clifton Hotel in Morecambe as usual, travelling back the hour after the game at Carlisle; again the cost of the overnight trip will is £70.00 which includes the B&B in Morecambe, Coach Travel and the Buffet.  It will be another early start, 5.30am for supporters, we will have a break at the M6 Toll and then Lancaster services for a comfort break before hopefully arriving at the Cross Keys for Midday, if we have a good run without traffic problems then it could be half an hour earlier. We will leave for Carlisle at 1.30pm to complete the epic journey. Remember that Under 18’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult for all our overnight trips we arrange.

For additional information and also to book on any of the above coaches please contact Alain Harper on 07771-792346 or E mail Alain.harper@isgplc.com

“CHT Sports Reporter”

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