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Match Preview: Stevenage vs Crawley Town

18 January 2022

Stevenage welcome John Yems’ Crawley Town to The Lamex this evening for a 7.45pm kick off in Sky Bet League Two…

Initially scheduled for Boxing Day but postponed, this fixture may turn out to be crucial as both sides look to climb the table. Paul Tisdale’s men come into this game full of confidence after a win and a draw at The Lamex in the past ten days. Similarly, Crawley’s last game ended in a 1-1 draw with Carlisle after their 1-0 win away to Northampton a week prior.

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Crawley Town were founded in 1896 but didn’t become a semi-professional football club until 1962 when they were accepted into the Southern League. They spent the next few decades playing non-league football in the Southern Leagues and were promoted into the conference in 2004. Then, seven years later they eventually earned promotion into The Football League as champions of the Conference.

In their last season as a non-league club, The Reds managed to reach the fifth round of the Fa Cup, falling short to Man United 1-0 at Old Trafford. Their first campaign in The Football League was incredibly bright as they, similarly to Stevenage, earned two promotions in two years, finding themselves in League One. Crawley spent three years in the third tier before being relegated back to League Two in 2015 where they have been playing their football ever since

So far this campaign, The Red Devils have won nine of their twenty-three league matches, drawing five and losing the remaining nine. They currently sit 11th in Sky Bet League Two and are unbeaten in their last five games under the management of John Yems who took over in December 2019. Crawley’s top scorer so far is Kwesi Appiah with eight in all competitions.

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The two sides have faced each other thirty-one times in the past with Boro boasting almost a 50%-win rate. Stevenage have won fifteen, Crawley have won ten and there have been six draws. The most recent clash between the two clubs came at the end of last season, with the match finishing 3-3 behind closed doors. Luke Norris was on the scoresheet netting a double with Arthur Read grabbing the third.

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  • Referee Will Finnie
  • Assistant Referee 1 Michael Chard
  • Assistant Referee 2 Declan O'Shea
  • Fourth Official Andy Bennett

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