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16 August 2019

A look ahead to Saturday's trip to the Sands Venue Stadium


Reds head to Scunthorpe for the first time since April 2015 for Saturday's Sky Bet League 2 action. It will be the fifth meeting between the teams, the previous four having taken place in League One.


Reds have won two out of three with victories in their last two - 2-0 against Salford City last Saturday and 3-2 at Walsall in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday. Scunthorpe, relegated from League One last season, have begun with two defeats to Swindon(0-2) and Cheltenham (1-4) followed by a 1-0 home defeat to Derby County in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.


Scunthorpe manager Paul Hurst is confident his side can build on an improved display  against Derby County on Tuesday when they take on the Reds. He said: "We’ve got to strive for the performance levels from Tuesday night to make sure we stamp our authority on the game at home.

“I was much happier than I was on Saturday evening and Sunday (following the Cheltenham game). Going into it, it was always going to be a different game. We definitely want to try and build on that. Saturday will be very different to what we encountered on Tuesday. Hopefully we can put on a similar performance but get a different result," he said.


Reds have twice visited the Sands Venue Stadium and lost 2-1 on both occasions, both in League One. Matt Sparrow put us in front in the February 2013 meeting but the Iron turned it round with two second-half goals. In April 2015 Izale McLeod was on target but the hosts held on having led 2-0 at one stage. At home, Reds won 3-0 in August 2012 in what was our first game in League One. Gary Alexander (2) and Jonathan Forte were our scorers. In November 2014 John Gregory's team shared four goals with the Iron when late goals from Dean Leacock and McLeod earned us a point after we had trailed 2-0. 


Joe McNerney (back) is ruled out but Josh Dacres-Cogley returns after being cup tied against Walsall in midweek. Scunthorpe have a few injury worries with striker Lee Novak the latest to be ruled out after he suffered an ankle problem against Derby. Fellow striker Kyle Wootton is in contention after recovering from concussion but Jacob Bedeau, Andy Dale, Levi Sutton and Clayton Lewis are sidelined. James Perch completes a three-match ban


Christopher Pollard will be in charge on Saturday. It will be only his second League appointment, having been promoted from the National League last season. He was in charge of last Saturday's 2-2 game between Mansfield and Morecambe.

He will be assisted by Alan Clayton and Barry Gordon. The fourth official is Stephen Wade.


Reds fans can pay on the day but tickets are available in advance from the club until 4pm on Friday. More information here


Crawley win: 14/5

Draw: 12/5

Scunthorpe win: 10/11

*Odds correct with EFL partners Sky Bet at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly. 


The game will be available for UK subscribers of iFollow from 2.50pm with live commentary from BBC Sussex & Surrey Sport's Gary Smith and summariser Ken Blackmore.

You must be a subscriber to listen (UK) to this service. You can subscribe here. Overseas users can also watch the action live.

There will also be coverage across our social media channels throughout the afternoon. @crawleytown on Twitter, Crawley Town FC on Facebook and officialcrawleytownfc on Instagram followed by post-match report and reaction.


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