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An afternoon to forget for the Red Devils

26 August 2023

Crawley Town suffered a heavy defeat this afternoon at the hands of Swindon Town at the County Ground. The Reds looked dangerous in the first half, but a goal from Dan Kemp saw Swindon enter the break ahead. The goals, however, kept on coming in the second half as it quickly turned into an afternoon to forget for Scott Lindsey's side.

Crawley could have been 1-0 up inside the first ten minutes as Danilo Orsi hit the bar from close range. It was a great run from Klaidi Lolos that set up the striker, who found himself free with plenty of space inside the area. Unfortunately, the eventual effort clipped the top of the crossbar.

Swindon also had chances in the early stages of the match, but Crawley looked the more likely side to score inside the opening twenty minutes. Swindon’s first goalscorer, Dan Kemp, could have put his side ahead moments after Orsi’s chance but missed the target from close range.

Adam Campbell had a couple of chances to net his first Crawley goal. On the first occasion, the striker saw an effort from the edge of the area saved by the Swindon goalkeeper despite the forward having plenty of space to shoot. 

Crawley were made to pay for their missed chances as Dan Kemp slotted the ball home in the 33rd minute. The former Hartlepool man curated the move as he moved the ball between the Swindon midfielders before eventually receiving the ball back inside the area, which allowed him to slot the ball past Addai.

Campbell could have equalised for Crawley before the break after he found himself with the ball at his feet inside the Swindon half with the goalkeeper stuck in no man's land well outside of his area. Campbell had options to pass but opted to shoot, which was probably the right option, but his effort was weak and failed to find the target.

The game was nicely poised at half-time, and it seemed very plausible that Crawley would find a way back into the tie. 

Sadly, things went from bad to worse for Crawley as Scott Lindsey’s side found themselves three goals down within six minutes of the restart. Jake Young was the goalscorer on both occasions as the Swindon man all but put the tie to bead with 40 minutes still to play.

Young was not done there, and he soon found himself with another two goals to round off a brilliant afternoon for the Bradford loanee.

Tyrese Shade added a sixth goal with only seconds remaining to round off a very poor afternoon for the Reds.

REDS XI: Addai, Tsaroulla, Ransom, Wright, Williams, Lolos (Forster 59’), Henry (Grant 74’), Kelly, Campbell (Roles 59’), Darcy, Orsi (Swyer 74’)

Attendance: 8,658 (229 away fans)

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