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Posted Mon 28 Jan 13

Crawley Town Match Preview

Preston North End will make their first ever trip to Crawley Town on Tuesday night.

The game, rescheduled due to both teams FA Cup commitments earlier this month, will be only the second time the two sides have ever faced each other, their first encounter at Deepdale in September 2012.

Graham Westley’s men will be looking to improve on their draw at home to Coventry City last weekend, with Graham Cummins and Nicky Wroe on the score sheet for Preston.

Another positive from the previous match was the debut of young defender Ben Davies and fellow full back Paul Connolly, on loan from Championship outfit Leeds United. 

A win for PNE would be their second on the bounce away from home in League One following their 1-0 victory at bottom side Hartlepool United on New Year’s Day.

Team News
North End remain without the services of Scott Laird, Keith Keane, John Mousinho and Lee Trundle for the trip to Broadfield Stadium.

John Welsh is expected to be fit after missing last weekend’s game, whilst defender Ben Davies will be looking to build on his impressive debut against Coventry and make his second appearance for the first team. 

Ticket News
PNE fans will be located in the East Stand with prices as follows: 
Adults £19 
Seniors (Over 65) £15 
U18s £10 

Adults £17 
Seniors (Over 65) £15 
U18s £7 

Coaches depart Deepdale/Leyland at 12.30pm with prices as follows 
Adults £28 
Concessions £26

The Red Devils
Hosts Crawley Town will be playing their first game in ten following the postponement against Carlisle United last weekend.

Town, tenth in League One, are seven points adrift of the Play-Offs, and will be looking to close the gap on the top six with a win over the Lilywhites. 

Under the guidance of former Bury boss Richie Barker, the Reds have been busy in the transfer market and have recruited former North End youngster Jamie Proctor, right-back Mustapha Dumbuya and Gillingham
centre-back Connor Essam.

Based only a few miles away from Gatwick Airport, Crawley have won six games at home this campaign, drawing three and losing four. 

Crawley Town which played Tranmere Rovers
01 P Jones
03 Sadler
04 Connolly
12 Walsh
13 Hunt Booked
07 Clarke
11 Simpson
15 Bulman Booked (Sparrow - 67' )
16 Adams (Elford-Alliyu - 67' )
21 M Jones (Smith - 76' )
09 Alexander

25 Kuipers
08 Torres
10 Sparrow
18 Cooper
17 Akinde
20 Elford-Alliyu
23 Smith

The Referee
Tuesday’s match official is Fred Graham from Essex. Graham, an experienced referee has been officiating since the 2003/04 season and has taken charge of 22 games so far this season, handing out 73 yellows and one red.
The last time Graham took charge of a Preston North End fixture was on the final day of the 2011/12 season when Preston beat Watford 3-1 at Deepdale.