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đź“ťMatch Report: Crawley Town 3-2 Grimsby Town

Defeat for Town in ding-dong at The People's Pension Stadium.

25 January 2020

Lee Blease
James Hanson

The Mariners were beaten 3-2 at The People's Pension Stadium this afternoon. Goals by James Hanson and Elliot Whitehouse weren’t enough for Ian Holloway’s side in front of 519 Town fans.

There was one change for the Mariners with the fit-again James Hanson coming in for Max Wright who reverted to the bench.

So Town lined up with McKeown in goal, a back four of Luke Hendrie, Ludvig Ohman, Mattie Pollock and Anthony Glennon. Harry Clifton, Jake Hessenthaler and Elliott Whitehouse made up the midfield three, with James Hanson, Charles Vernon and Billy Clark heading the Town attack.    

Crawley took the lead on 22 minutes when a neat one-two between Bulman and Palmer sliced through the Town defence, with former Mariner Palmer finishing well past McKeown.

But Town were level minutes later through the impressive Elliott Whitehouse. Vernam forced a save from Morris, with the Crawley goalkeeper only parrying the ball out to Glennon. The full-back squared the ball across the face of goal, where Whitehouse had the simplest of tap-ins.

A great move down the left led to the visitors taking the lead on 32 minutes. Billy Clark released a perfect pass for Whitehouse with the midfielder flighting a perfect cross to the head of Hanson at the far post, his initial header was saved by Morris, but the big number nine made no mistake from the rebound.   

Town could have added to their half time advantage when Vernam had a glorious chance to play in Hanson, but he chose to keep going himself before playing it on to Clarke, whose shot was blocked.

Half-Time: CrawleyTown 1-2 GrimsbyTown

The hosts started the second half brightly, and they force a corner, from which Reece Grego-Cox saw his toe-poke tipped over by James McKeown.

But Town had a chance of their own when Clarke laid the ball off to Hanson out on the right, the big frontman weaved his way into the box and fired across the face of goal, just goes wide of the far post.

The equaliser came for the home side on 70 minutes, again former Mariner Ollie Palmer on the scoresheet.

The hosts broke quickly through Nadesan, with the number 10 racing past Pollock before squaring to Palmer, who tapped home.

On 77 minutes the Reds were back in the lead again. The ball was played into the feet of Palmer in the Town box, he neatly laid the ball back to Nadesan who hit an unstoppable shot past McKeown.    

But the visitors were not done and almost equalised. A mad scramble saw Hanson and then Benson's shots blocked before being cleared. 

The hosts hung on to send the Mariners crashing to an undeserved defeat.    

Crawley Town: Morris; Doherty, Dallison, Tunnicliffe, Dacres-Cogley; Camara, Francomb, Bulman (C), Lubala; Nadesan, Palmer.

SUBS: McGill, Grego-Cox, German, Allarakhia, Sesay, Sendles-White.

Town: McKeown (C), Hendrie, Pollock, Öhman, Glennon, Clifton, Hessenthaler, Whitehouse, Vernam, Hanson, Clarke.

SUBS: Russell, Tilley, Hewitt, Buckley, Starbuck, Benson, Wright.

Attendance: 2,480 (519)

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley

Possession: Crawley 44%-56% Town

Next Up: Stevenage (H)

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🚌Travelling To Crawley? Read Our Essential Guide Before You Set Off

Kristine Green with all you need to know ahead of travelling to Crawley on Saturday.

24 January 2020

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Crawley Town

What’s the ticket information?

Tickets can be purchased on the day with cash or card.







Over 65




















FOC (with paying adult)

How do I get to the ground?

Post Code is RH11 9RX

From the M25, take the M23 towards Gatwick Airport/Brighton. Leave the M23 at junction 11 (A264 Horsham). At the roundabout turn right onto the A23 towards Crawley.  The ground is on the left just before the next roundabout.

Where is the best place to park?

Parking at the ground is for permit and season ticket holders only.

Both the Broadfield Business park (RH11 9RT) and Tilgate Forest Business Park (RH11 9BP) has free parking and is a short walk away.

What is the nearest train station to the stadium and what is the approximate distance and walking time?

Crawley is the nearest station and about a mile away from the ground.  Note that Kings Cross is closed this weekend so you’ll have to travel via Sheffield to get there if travelling from Grimsby. It’s a longer journey there and back with bus replacements from Doncaster back into Grimsby.

It’s about a 20-25 minute walk away, taxis are outside the station or the Fastway 10 from Bus Stop A drops you outside of the ground.

Recommended pubs for away fans?

The Redz bar at the ground is welcoming away fans for this game.

Otherwise it’s the New Moon on Brighton Road (RH10 6SZ), The Downsman on Wakehurst Drive (RH10 6DH) or The Imperial on Broadfield Barton (RH11 9BA).

The stadium does not have facilities to serve alcohol inside the ground. 

Food available in the area?

There isn’t a lot surrounding the ground in terms of food other than Tesco Express on Downland Drive (RH11 8SW).

When do turnstiles open?

Turnstiles open around 60 minutes before kick-off. 

Where is the nearest cash machine to the Stadium?

The nearest cash machine is located at Tesco Express which is about a 5-minute walk away.

What is the process for supporters looking to bring flags and a drum into the stadium?

Any fans with a drum can just turn up on the day, no problem.

Flags must be tied and must not be on poles.  Speak to a steward on the gate before entering and they will assist in siting.

What food and drink is available on the concourse at the stadium?

Both hot and cold food and drink items are available inside the ground, the outlet is small so queues will be likely.

No alcohol is available in the ground.

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