Crawley played at Three Bridges this afternoon in a game that finished goalless against a young Reading side.
The Reds started strongly as both Brian Galach and Jake Hesketh tested the Reading goalkeeper within the first few moments. Neither efforts had the venom to beat him, however.
Hesketh and Galach seemed to develop a good understanding from the off and this continued as Galach beat his man with a swerving run inside before looking up for Hesketh who couldn’t quite latch onto the pass.
Tyler Frost then found his way into the game, taking men on in wide positions and looking for the runs of Ashford and Galach in behind. Frost was then the recipient of a delightful whipped cross from Mark Wright but Tyler couldn’t quite find the direction he would have hoped for as the ball bounced over.
Two trialists, A & B, played in the centre of midfield for Crawley, both making an impression by coming close on separate occasions from set-pieces and long-range efforts.
Sam Ashford battled hard alongside Galach and straight after the break found Frost in the middle with a delicious pass as Tyler headed at the goalkeeper who caught well.
Ashford then took on his marker with confidence before firing into Galach who left for Frost to miss the target inside the area, after making a bursting run into the box.
Henry Burnett and Szymon Kowalczyk featured in the second-half as did goalkeeper Alfie Jones, who came on in place of Tyler Frost up top for the Reds.
Wright impressed from left-back, delivering many pinpoint crosses into the area throughout the game, and clearing danger defensively. Wright found Dallison following a set-piece late on but Tom’s header was not quite powerful enough to beat the man in between the sticks.
After some late Reading chances, the game ended in a goalless draw for the Reds, who showed many signs of promise throughout.
Reds XI: Nelson, Tsaroulla, Dallison, Adebowale, Wright, Trialist A (Burnett 57’), Trialist B, Frost (Jones 85’), Hesketh (Kowalczyk 65’), Ashford, Galach.