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Ryan Petterson looks ahead to Saturday's trip to West Sussex.

8 February 2018

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Club News

Russell Slade on Simeon Jackson, Crawley and Akwasi Asante

8 February 2018

Grimsby Town will look to return to winning ways in Sky Bet League Two when they travel to Broadfield Stadium to face Crawley Town on Saturday (3pm).

Town boss Russell Slade saw some encouraging signs from his side in their 1-1 draw with Cheltenham Town at Blundell Park last weekend, and he will be hoping the Mariners can kick on against Harry Kewell’s men on Saturday.

Five injury problems for Town

Siriki Dembele missed training on Thursday with a recurring back problem, and will be monitored by Dave Moore ahead of the weekend.

Danny Collins is out for two weeks following the head injury he suffered in the Cheltenham draw last weekend.

Ben Davies, and goalkeepers Jake Kean and James McKeown remain out for the clash with the Reds.

Reece Hall-Johnson will be hoping to keep his place in the side, following a successful Mariners debut as a substitute in the draw with the Robins last weekend.

Crawley chasing the play-offs

Following a tricky start to the campaign, the Reds have been in fine form in recent months, suffering just three defeats since mid-November, leaving them in 12th-place in League Two and six points outside the play-off spots.

Kewell’s men will be looking to make it four league wins on the bounce, following six wins from their last seven games – a run which has earned the Reds boss a nomination for League Two Manager of the Month award for January.

They completed a 2-1 comeback victory at Chesterfield last weekend, with a second-half equaliser from Charlton Athletic loanee Karlan Ahearne-Grant and a last-minute winner from Lewis Young.

Dutch winger Enzio Boldewijn’s fine form has earned him a nomination for the League Two Player of the Month award for January. He’s scored eight goals so far this season, with seven of them coming in his last eight games.

Captain, and midfielder, Jimmy Smith – who played under Town boss Slade at Leyton Orient – has scored six league goals for the Reds this term, including two in his last three appearances.

Form guide

Crawley Town – WWLWWW

Grimsby Town – LLDLLD

Goalless draw last time out

It was a 0-0 draw when the two sides met at Blundell Park in October. The Mariners might have picked up all three points, but Sam Jones’ 58th-minute penalty trickled wide of the post.

It was a fairly evenly contested match, with Joe McNerney going close with two headers for the Reds in the first half, before goalkeeper Glenn Morris was forced to make a good stop to deny Jones’ left-footed strike in the second period.

Managers in summary

Russell Slade said: “They’re in good form at the minute so that will breed a lot of confidence within their football club. I saw them against Notts County – they were under pressure, got a goal and got themselves in front, Notts County equalised and looked like they were going to go on and win it, and Crawley got a late goal. We’re in a battle whatever. When you’re out of form, you’re in a battle, and you need to get over that battle and turn things around. And that’s what we’re trying to do, concentrate on ourselves – not what’s around us – to try and get better, and get those points.”

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Match Report: Crawley Town 3-0 Grimsby Town

The Mariners were sunk at a rain-drenched Checkatrade.com Stadium this afternoon.

10 February 2018

Lee Blease
Simeon Jackson in action at Crawley.

The Mariners were sunk at a rain-drenched Checkatrade.com Stadium this afternoon.

A controversial penalty from Crawley skipper Jimmy Smith gave the home side an undeserved lead at the break.

The Mariners had bossed the first half and Jackson and Wilks had good chances to put Town ahead.

But The Reds wrapped things up after the break with goals from Enzio Boldewijn and Karl Ahearne-Grant.

There were two changes ahead of kick off, with Karleigh Osborne coming in for Danny Collins and Martyn Woolford in for Jamille Matt, who reverted to the bench. Midfielder, Siriki Dembele had been a doubt before the game with a persistent back problem and didn’t make the trip to Sussex.

Deadline day loan signing Simeon Jackson continued up front, paring with Charles Vernam this time.

Nathan Clarke, Karleigh Osborne, Paul Dixon and Zak Mills made up the Mariners’ back four.

James Berrett, Luke Summerfield, Martyn Woolford and Maillik Wilks were the Town midfield.

Easah Suliman made his Town debut on the bench.

Town started well and Luke Summerfield got on the end of a Woolford corner, but his goal-bound effort looked to have been blocked by his own player.

Crawley went close when Smith’s effort was blocked on the line, before Killip did brilliantly to deny the follow-up.

Town hit back and Simeon Jackson set up Mallik Wilks at the far post, but the Leeds loanee saw his effort superbly blocked by the Reds keeper.

And Jackson perhaps should have done better when he got on the end of a pass from Osborne, but the Walsall loanee could only guide his shot wide. 

It looked as though the game would be goalless at the break, but in added on first half time, Osborne was adjudged to have tripped Boldewijn in the box. It looked a very harsh decision from referee Kevin Johnson, with the Town defender looking bewildered by the penalty award.

The first goal was always going to be crucial and so it proved.

The Mariners continued to play well and Summerfield’s free-kick tested the Reds keeper.

But soon after, the hosts knocked the wind out of the Mariners’ sails when Ahearne-Grant ran towards the penalty area before placing the ball into the bottom corner to double his side’s lead.

And Town’s feat was well and truly sealed when Boldewijn delicately chipped a stranded Ben Killip.


Crawley Town

1 Glenn Morris 
22 Josh Lelan 
3 Josh Doherty 
6 Mark Connolly 
15 Josh Yorwerth 
21 Dannie Bulman 
2 Lewis Young 
8 Jimmy Smith (C)
7 Enzio Boldewijn 
23 Thomas Verheydt 
9 Karlan Ahearne-Grant

Subs

12 Yusuf Mersin 
19 Cedric Evina 
5 Joe McNerney 
4 Josh Payne 
25 Mark Randall 
27 Moussa Sanoh 
20 Aryan Taj

Grimsby Town

30 Ben Killip 
12 Zak Mills 
3 Paul Dixon 
14 Karleigh Osborne 
5 Nathan Clarke (C) 
19 Luke Summerfield 
25 Martyn Woolford 
7 James Berrett 
18 Mallik Wilks  
39 Simeon Jackson
34 Charles Vernam

Subs

35 Andy Warrington 
31 Reece Hall-Johnson 
16 Easah Suliman 
11 Sam Kelly 
9 JJ Hooper 
29 Jamille Matt 
21 Scott Vernon


Referee: Kevin Johnson


Attendance: 2,055 (242)


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Crawley - All You Need To Know

Read our essential guide before you set off.

9 February 2018

Crawley Town Vs. Grimsby Town - Saturday 10th February, kick-off 3pm.

Capacity: 5,996 (3,295 Seated)
Address: Winfield Way, Crawley, RH11 9RX
Telephone: 01293 410 000
Ticket Office: 01293 410 005
Pitch Size: 110 x 72 yards
Club Nickname: The Red Devils
Year Ground Opened: 1997

We are back in Sky Bet League Two action this Saturday when we travel to West Sussex to face Crawley Town.

Still known to many fans as the Broadfield Stadium, it was renamed the Checkatrade.com Stadium in 2013, as part of a corporate sponsorship deal.

Town fans will primarily be housed in the KR-L Stand at one end of the ground. This mostly covered terrace can accommodate up to 1,600 fans. A number of seats are also available to Town fans in the Checkatrade Stand.

We have been sent an allocation of tickets to sell from Blundell Park, but Town fans will be able to pay on the day at The Checkatrade Stadium on the day (no price increase).

Ticket Prices.

Seated

Adult - £20
Senior 65+ - £15
U21 - £13
U18 - £10
U16 - £4
U11 - £1
Family of 1 Adult & 1 U16 - £17
Family of 2 Adults & 2 U16s - £34

Standing

Adult - £16
Senior 65+ - £12
U21 - £11
U18 - £10
U16 - £4
U11 - £1
Family of 1 Adult & 1 U16 - £15
Family of 2 Adults & 2 U16s - £30

Where to drink.

There is a bar at the stadium at the back of the Bruce Winfield Stand called the 'Redz Bar', which allows visiting supporters. Entrance to this bar is gained from outside the stadium.

The closest pub to the stadium is the Half Moon on Brighton Road (A2219). This is about a five minute walk. Another pub close by is The Downsman, which is on Wakehurst Drive, just off Southgate Avenue.

Celebrity Watch.

Autograph books at the ready - World champion boxer Alan Minter, gymnast and TV presenter Suzanne Dando, gold medal-winning athletes Daley Thompson and Sally Gunnell all hail from these parts.

As well as Sharon Davis, and England boss Gareth Southgate went to school here. Punk band The Cure used to rehearse Friday I’m in Love in these parts.

How to get there.

By Car

From the M25 take the M23 Southbound towards Gatwick Airport and Brighton. At the end of the M23 (before it becomes the A23) leave the motorway at the last exit, Junction 11 (sign posted A264 Horsham, Pease Pottage Services). At the roundabout at the end of the motorway slip road turn right onto the A23 going towards Crawley. The ground is down on the left just before the next roundabout. It is a little obscured by trees, so look for the large red and white football on the roundabout itself and you will see the stadium entrance. Turn left at the roundabout and then left again for the stadium car park.

Car Parking

The car park at the stadium which costs £5. There is an overflow car park in the offices at Broadfield Park, which is accessible from the A23 as you come down the hill from the motorway'. This car park holds 350 cars and is free.

Post Code for SAT NAV: RH11 9RX

By Train.

Crawley station is just over a mile away from the stadium. You can either take a taxi or Fastway bus number 10 to the ground. Otherwise it is about a twenty minute walk.

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