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Crawley Town Match Preview

14 September 2012

The Lilywhites return back home to Deepdale this weekend with Crawley Town the visitors...

Preston North End v Crawley Town
Saturday 15th September, 3pm 
npower League One 

Playmaking midfielder Joel Byrom will be pushing for a start after coming through the final 45 minutes against Bury last weekend.
Team News

However, they will be looking to bounce back this weekend after suffering a 3-0 home defeat to Portsmouth on Sunday, a game which they finished with nine men after two dismissals.

Fresh and ready for the challenges ahead, Richie Barker’s newly acquired Red Devils have started life in League One brightly and lie two places above North End in sixth position on nine points.

The North End squad have enjoyed a rare week off from their busy schedule and have managed to gain a number of valuable hours on the training ground.

The Lilywhites will be looking for their third consecutive win in League One after wins over Swindon Town and Bury in recent weeks, which has seen the Club climb to eighth in the table, only four points off top spot.

Preston North End will host Crawley Town this weekend in the first ever meeting between the two sides. 
John Mousinho is closing in on a return; however Lee Holmes and Lee Trundle remain long term absentees.

Meanwhile visitors Crawley will be without the services of Josh Simpson and Hope Akpan following their dismissals against Portsmouth live on Sky Sports last Sunday.

Ticket News
Normal matchday ticket prices apply, to see a full table of home prices please click the link below.
Crawley Ticket Prices

Also a reminder that the pro-rata season tickets will only be available until an hour prior to kick off against Crawley Town.

After the 2pm deadline, they will no longer be on sale and the only entry to Deepdale will be on a match-by-match basis. For full details please click the link below
Season Ticket Details

If you are interested in booking a place in one of the fabulous suites at Deepdale please contact the commercial department now on 01772 693304 or email

The Red Devils
Richie Barker and co will travel north to Lancashire looking to get back to winning ways after their shock 3-0 defeat at home to Portsmouth last Sunday.

Crawley have followed a number of clubs in recent years to win back-to-back promotions, with their club from non-league football to League One.

However, despite the team continuing to improve, Crawley have had three managers so far this calendar year, losing Steve Evans to Rotherham United towards the end of last season and then Sean O’Driscoll during the summer to Nottingham Forest, without him even taking charge of a competitive game.

Town have settled into life well in the third tier of English football, and have won three games so far this season and losing two.

At the back, they have a familiar face to PNE supporters in the form of Jamaican Claude Davis and former Deepdale loan man Jonathan Forte.

The Crawley Town squad is as follows:
Paul Jones
Scott Davies
Matt Sadler
Mark Connolly
Kyle McFadzean
Hope Akpan
Billy Clarke
Sergio Torres
Gary Alexander
Jonathan Forte
Josh Simpson
Joe Walsh
David Hunt
Nicky Ajose
Dannie Bulman
Nicky Adams
John Akinde
Shaun Cooper
Charlie Wassmer
Mike Jones
Scott Neilson
Jonte Smith
Jonathan Dollery
Michael Kuipers
Arron Wickham
Claude Davis

The Referee
So far this season, Webb has officiated four games, handing out 13 yellow cards in total and 0 reds.

The last time Mr Webb visited Deepdale was in Preston’s League Cup first round triumph over Crewe last season.

Webb, from Lancashire, has been an official since the beginning of the 2007/08 season and has refereed consistently at Championship, League One and League Two level.

The referee in charge of Saturday’s game between Preston North End and Crawley Town is David Webb.

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