Defeat follows draw at Southend
The under-18s suffered only their second defeat in 14 games last Friday when they were beaten 4-0 by a strong Gillingham side in Kent.
With several members of the squad trialling at other clubs as they look to get fixed up before the closure of our Academy at the end of the season it was an understrength Reds team who took to the field and manager Steve Martin had no complaints about the final result.
“We worked hard against a decent side but they had a bit too much for us,” said Steve.
The squad continue to work hard to impress though and that was evident again a fortnight ago when we came from 3-1 down to share six goals with Southend United.
Harry Anderson pounced on a defensive mistake to put Reds in front, but the hosts were level by half-time and led 3-1 after 50 minutes.
Back came Crawley and on 58 minutes Scott Melville’s (pictured) close-range finish pulled a goal back and with 14 minutes to go Emmanuel Rowe got a deserved equaliser after the keeper failed to hold onto a cross in slippery conditions.