This week I travelled to Crawley Town Football Club as they played Cambridge United at the Broadfield Stadium. Crawley are exceeding expectations this season and find themselves pushing for a play off place. I was impressed with the way Crawley play their football. They play football the ‘proper’ way and dont look to hump it forward. I was a bit disappointed with the Crawley fans though. They hardly got behind the team and at times were out sung by the Cambridge fans.
Crawley Town 1-0 Cambridge United
Crawley Town continued their push towards the playoff places as they beat fellow play-off hopefuls Cambridge United at the Broadfield Stadium. In a week which saw Crawley’s star player Charles Ademeno stay with the Reds despite interest from several Football League clubs, it was Barry Cogan who grabbed the headlines with the only goal of the game.
Crawley started the game brightly and carved out the first chance, as a Thomas Pinault flick on found its way to Ademeno who shot harmlessly wide. However on 7 minutes, Crawley were in front. A mistake by Cambridge’s Aiden Palmer, who had a torrid afternoon, saw Barry Cogan work his way into the penalty area and fire a shot past Laurie Walker in the Cambridge goal, into the bottom corner. Crawley continued to show their dominance soon after, but it was Cambridge who created the next chance. Robbie Willmott, who had several glorious chances throughout the game, had a golden opportunity to level but his shot was blocked by the Crawley defence. However Crawley should have been further ahead minutes later. A corner from the left was met by the head of Eddie Hutchinson, who knocked it down to Ben Smith and his clipped cross was headed just wide by Ademeno, when he really should have scored.
Towards the end of the first half, Cambridge were beginning to grow in confidence and could have drawn level. Jai Reason’s pass landed at the feet of Danny Crow whose shot was well saved by Simon Rayner in the Crawley goal. But Crawley held on to go in a goal up at half time.
The second half saw Cambridge continue to assert themselves and it wasn’t long before they had their next chance to level the game. A Willmott free- kick from the left looked to have fooled Crawley keeper Rayner, but he was alert enough to stop the ball from finding the back of the net. Although for much of the second half Crawley were on the back foot as Cambridge searched for that equaliser, the Reds still had chances and were unlucky not to go two goals up, as a corner from the right was headed back across goal by Crawley captain Adam Quinn to Karl Broadhurst who headed over from 4 yards. Cambridge responded and when Danny Crow rounded Crawley keeper Rayner on the right, it looked like they could snatch a point but his cross into the penalty area, only managed to find the head of Crawley’s Simon Rusk who cleared to safety.
However Crawley held on to secure the three points in a game they deserved to win, which will further enhance their belief they can snatch a play-off place come the end of the season.
Crawley Town: S.Rayner, S.Rusk, A.Quinn, K.Broadhurst, S.Rents, B.Cogan, E.Hutchinson, B.Smith (D.Forrest 82), T.Pinault, C.Ademeno (King 90), M.Malcolm (L.Killeen 88).
Subs Not Used: N.Jordan, Lake-Edwards.
Cambridge United: L.Walker, D.Gleeson, A.Palmer, J.Coulson, D.Partridge, J.Reason, S.Russell, S.Ives (A.Murray 73), R.Willmott, D.Crow (A.Marriott 82), L.Phillips (M.Beesley 70).
Subs Not Used: R.McAuley, D.Coakley
Man of the Match: Charles Ademeno (Crawley Town)
The striker was a handful for the Cambridge defence all afternoon. His trickery and skill was particularly impressive and he deserved at least a goal. He is a quality player and Crawley will be delighted they were able to keep hold of him until at least the summer as he will be a very important player for them as they push for the play-offs.
Crawley Town deserved their 1-0 win today and were unlucky not to win by a bigger margin. I was impressed with Crawley today. They played the better football and created the best chances throughout the game. I feel sorry for the Cambridge fans. Their team didn’t show up today and at times lacked quality in front of goal. It’s now 6 games without a win and if this form continues, a relegation scrap could be a real possibility for them.