Date: 23rd July 2015 at 1:14pm
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There wasn’t a bad turnout at Broadfield on Wednesday, some 2,200 turned up as Crawley took on Brighton but it was the Championship neighbours that went away with the win.

Fair play to Brighton they brought more than 900 travelling fans with them, granted not too far to travel along the M23 but still a good turn out, as it was the 1,000 plus of Crawley’s own, for a pre-season friendly.

Brighton went away with the bragging right, for what they’re worth from a friendly, with a three-nil win.

Crawley – Preston (GK), Walton, McNerney, Edwards, Smith, Rooney, Henderson, Young, Fenelon, Ashton, Harrold.
Subs: Bradley (Henderson 66), McLeod (Harrold 66), Aaron Lennox (GK, Preston 80), Bawling (Young 66), Isaac

This game was effectively over by half with strikes from Dale Stephens, Tomer Hemed and Beram Kayal leaving Brighton in control, with them three-up inside half an hour.

It wouldn’t have been too likely the Red Devils would have managed a dramatic second half fight back but the chance to get on the score sheet at all was denied them when Brighton ‘keeper David Stockdale saved a Simon Walton penalty.

Not a defeat Mark Yates would have wanted at all but if this means there’s going to be far fewer in League 2 this season it’ll be taken, as would the penalty miss from Walton – something he would rather see during pre-season than the proper competitive games too isn’t it!

Yates On Brighton Defeat

This wasn’t a happy reunion with former club for Shamir Fenelon, the summer recruit following his exit from the Amex Stadium will have better days ahead and I still back him to have a good Crawley future, which looked bright as a youngster and is why Brighton lured him away at the time.

Former Aston Villa and Southampton winger Issac Nehemie was meant to be in the squad to feature but it doesn’t appear he did? 22-year-old former QPR ‘keeper Aaron Lennox did play a part though.

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