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Colin Bowman: We never got going on a day to forget

By Crawley News  |  Posted: February 13, 2013

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Crawley Town fan Colin Bowman gives his Scunthorpe verdict in his new regular column

AFTER recent weather disruptions Reds fans were very relieved their trip to Glanford Park, Scunthorpe, went ahead.

A packed CTSA coach left West Sussex at 7.30am and made good progress up the A1.

During the regular Matt Putland quiz, fans exploded into song during a Rick Astley medley, a moment that seemed to relieve a bit of nervousness.

Crawley Town performance analyst Nathan Anson hitched a ride north. He said: "I normally travel to matches with Steve Coppell but this time decided to travel with the fans."

During the pre-match build-up we met up with the Sparrow family. Matt's dad Tony and brother had made the journey up from Eastbourne. Tony told us the Crawley fans haven't seen the best of Matt yet, and that he will soon regain full match fitness and score a few goals.

In fact, Tony told us he had put a few quid on Matt to score the first goal at 16-1 – happy day for them as Matt obliged.

Apart from Sparrow opening the scoring we never really got stuck in and thanks to some brilliant Paul Jones saves Scunny could have been out of sight. Their players really stepped up to the plate.

A glum Jonathan Barnes, an ever-present this season said: "We never really got going and were lucky to still be in it at half-time.

"Jones was my man of the match with some terrific saves. I am very disappointed with the overall performance, we were very poor during the opening period and then weren't strong enough to keep our lead."

Hopefully, both the team and fans can quickly shake this from the memory and start looking forward to the visit of Doncaster Rovers on Monday evening.

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