Date: 20th July 2015 at 6:18pm
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Crawley fell to a three one defeat against Championship visitors Fulham in our most recent pre season friendly.

With the difference in quality between the two sides proving the difference on the day, the score line possibly does Crawley a disservice as there was certainly positives that manager Mark Yates could take from the game.

A crowd of 2215 saw our visitors take the earlier lead, but Izale McLeod grabbed his third goal in two games to bring us back on level terms. Fulham restored their advantage before the break and with a raft of substitutions that obviously affected the flow of the game in the second period but they ultimately added their third in the final seconds of the game.

We did test their keeper though, most notably probably Roarie Deacon’s effort that was well saved, but again it was minutes under belts and Yates got to look at ten trialists across the course of the game.

For a full match report please Click Here.


Preston, O`Hanlon (Fitzpatrick 45), McNerney (Sessegnon 80), Bradley (Ashton 59), Bawling (Boateng 65), Walton (Fenelon 65), Rooney (Young 65), Smith (Brister 80), Edwards (Barker 65), Deacon (Barnard 65), McLeod (Harrold 65).

Following the game, goalkeeper Callum Preston seems to have done enough to impress as it’s being reported that Yates is now preparing a contract offer for the 19 year old former Welsh under 19 international following his release by Birmingham City last season.

The Argus have the gaffer quoted as saying following the full time whistle.

‘I knew Callum was a good keeper but I probably didn`t realise how good until Saturday. Today I thought he was excellent and he can be well pleased with the performance. We just have to consider everything and work out exactly where we are going, but he certainly stated his case. We have found another keeper but we have just not got him in to sign a contract yet. Hopefully later in the week or maybe by the weekend we`ll have something to announce.’

We have also apparently ended our interest in Wolves defender Ben O’Hanlon and are now looking at another left back on loan. Ryan Richefond has also been told he won’t be offered a new deal following his release last summer – albeit he has been training with us.


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