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PREVIEW | Crawley Town v Yeovil Town

Glovers travel to West Sussex for first match in September

1 September 2017

Rhys Browne scores at Exeter City PPAUK

Town’s start to the 2017/18 campaign has been their most prolific in years.

The Glovers have netted 13 goals in their opening six matches, failing to score in just one game – the Carabao Cup first round tie against Sky Bet Championship outfit Wolves.

In that sequence, Yeovil recorded victories over Accrington Stanley and Coventry City at Huish Park, and dispatched Exeter City on the road in the Checkatrade Trophy group stage.

The last time the Green and Whites were this fruitful in front of goal was at the beginning of the 2012/13 League One play-off-winning season.

Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge scored his first Town goal on his full debut at St James Park on Tuesday night, a game which saw Rhys Browne bag his second in as many games and Otis Khan stretch his tally to three in August.

Darren Way will be hoping Olufela Olomola and Connor Smith make full recoveries from knocks ahead of the weekend’s trip to Crawley Town.

Francois Zoko is likely to come back into the fold after being rested at Exeter.

After a tough start, Crawley picked up an impressive three points at then league leaders Swindon Town.

Harry Kewell’s side cruised to a 3-0 win at the County Ground – their first away triumph in five months.

The West Sussex outfit have scored just four league goals so far this season, conceding five.

Before January’s defeat, Town had won five matches in a row against the Red Devils.

The last of those was an emphatic 5-0 scoreline at Huish Park – equaling the club’s highest ever margin of victory since entering the EFL.

The Glovers have secured three points twice on the road at Crawley, with both games ending 1-0. 

Trevor Kettle will be the man in the middle this weekend. 

Mr Kettle has officiated five matches this season, issuing 19 yellow cards and one red.

Last term, the Leicestershire-born referee took charge of Yeovil’s 2-0 home loss to Carlisle United and sent off Ben Whitfield.

He will be assisted by Daniel Cook (Essex) and Stephen Brown (Kent) with Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire) acting as fourth official. 

Darren Way and Bevis Mugabi's pre-match interviews can be watched in full for free on iFollow Glovers.

On matchday, minute-by-minute updates will be provided on YTFC's official Twitter account and live matchday centre.

If you’re unable to attend the game, live audio commentary is available via the iFollow Glovers service, with the monthly and season subscriptions offering full-match replays from Sunday. 

A match report will follow on at full time with post-match reaction from the manager and a member of the playing staff following soon after. 

Fans can purchase tickets on the day of the match at Crawley’s ticket office via cash and card payments, or from the ticket cabin (cash only). Any tickets requested to be left for collection will be available from the latter.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Crawley Town 2-0 Yeovil Town

2 September 2017

James Bailey holds off Crawley's Jimmy Smit PPAUK

Yeovil Town suffered their first defeat in three with a 2-0 loss at Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two.

Having been on the back foot in the opening exchanges, the Reds capitalised on a mistake after 12 minutes to take the lead through Jordan Roberts. 

Taking the lead into the break the home side doubled their advantage six minutes after the restart, with Roberts adding a second.

Town hit the bar in the closing stages but couldn’t find a way to avoid a third away defeat in a disappointing afternoon at the Stadium.

Darren Way made four changes from the side that comfortably beat Exeter City in Checkatrade Trophy action on Tuesday night.

Naming the same 11 that saw off Coventry 2-0 a week previous in League Two, Connor Smith and top scorer Olufela Olomola recovered from knocks to feature in West Sussex. 

Continuing Town’s prolific strike partnership, Francois Zoko came back in having been rested in midweek to partner four-goal man Olomola.

Having helped to keep a cleansheet against the Sky Blues, Sid Nelson and Ryan Dickson came back in for Dan Alfei and Tom James to complete the alterations.

Looking to record a third straight victory the Glovers began in confident manner, testing the Reds’ defence early on. 

Otis Khan’s strong running created space for both Olomola and Zoko inside the opening 10 minutes, but neither of Town’s frontline could pick out a team-mate in the middle. 

Having been penned back early on, Harry Kewell’s side burst into life and soon broke the deadlock.

After Artur Krysiak raced from his line to brilliantly deny Enzio Boldewijn, Roberts gave Crawley the lead just 60 seconds later.

Home captain Jimmy Smith won back possession on the edge of Town’s box and teed up the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle striker who dispatched from the edge of the box. 

The opener only encouraged the Reds who continued to enjoy a spell of pressure, with a superb Nelson block stopping Roberts doubling the hosts’ advantage and comfortable Krysiak save denying Smith’s long range effort.

Despite an end-to-end opening to the first 45 minutes of action the game flattered to deceive up to half-time, with the encounter becoming a stop-start affair.

Nelson had a header tipped onto the bar by home stopper Glenn Morris before the linesman’s flag went up for offside in a half of few chances.

With the break approaching Bevis Mugabi volleyed Khan’s corner wide before the right-back’s wayward long range strike proved to be the final act of a tame half.

In a bid to get back into the game Jake Gray replaced Connor Smith for the second 45, but before the energetic midfielder could influence proceedings Crawley doubled their lead.

A ball over the top caught Town’s defence on their heels and allowed Boldewijn to race through on goal, selflessly squaring for Roberts who doubled his tally for the afternoon.

Looking to confirm back-to-back league wins the hosts missed a gilt-edged chance as the game ticked past the hour mark, as Smith somehow blazed over the bar from a yard out.

Instead of finding themselves 3-0 up Kewell’s side almost had their lead halved, as Morris reacted quickly to save Nathan Smith’s header with his feet. 

Sensing a swing in momentum Jordan Green replaced Olomola to add fresh legs up front, and the lively attacker further sparked the Glovers into life in the final third.

With 72 minutes on the clock Zoko’s looping header came back off the bar sparking a goalmouth scramble, before Green slammed an effort into the side netting from the angle inside the final 10 minutes.

Despite plenty of attacking endeavour home ‘keeper Morris remained largely untested and the Glovers succumbed to their first defeat in three. 

Crawley Town: Morris, Young, Yorwerth, Lelan, Evina, Camara (Meite 70’), Bulman, Smith, Cox (Payne 86’), Roberts (Lewis 80’), Boldewijn.
Bookings: Young 26’, Smith 30’, Bullman 61’, Meite 88’
Subs not used: Mersin, McNerney, Djalo, Tajbakash.

Yeovil Town: Krysiak, Mugabi, Nelson, N. Smith, Dickson, Browne (Surridge 75’), Bailey, C. Smith (Gray 45’), Khan, Zoko, Olomola (Green 64’).
Bookings: Nelson 17’, Khan 60’, N. Smith 68’
Subs not used: Maddison, Davies, James, Santos.

Attendance: 2,024 (222 Yeovil fans)

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Ticket News

TICKETS | Crawley away now on sale

Fans can now purchase tickets for game in West Sussex.

15 August 2017

Tickets are now on sale for Town’s Sky Bet League Two match at Crawley Town.

Darren Way’s side head to West Sussex on Saturday, September 2nd (3pm).

The Glovers have played at the Stadium four times since the Red Devils joined the EFL, winning twice (L2).

Fans can also purchase tickets for Yeovil’s away games against Forest Green Rovers and Exeter City (Checkatrade Trophy).

For ticket prices and more information, head to the Away Tickets section

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