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Crawley Town 6-1 Spurs XI

A young Spurs XI side suffered a heavy pre-season defeat at the hands of Conference side Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium.

A young Spurs XI side suffered a heavy pre-season defeat at the hands of Conference side Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium.

Clive Allen's team were hoping to build on a 2-1 friendly win over St Albans City last week, but found it difficult against a well-organised and experienced outfit.

The home side had by far the better of the first half and applied the pressure on our defence from the opening minute.

Early chances fell to Danny Forrest and Lewis Killeen before Chris Giles crashed a header against the bar from a free-kick on 21 minutes.

It seemed only a matter of time before Crawley took the lead, and it happened on 25 minutes when Isaiah Rankin latched onto a long ball, got the better of Calum Butcher, and slammed home from 10 yards.

This was shortly followed by our hosts' second of the night eight minutes later, when Cian Hughton misjudged a Forrest cross at the back post and Jamie Cook tapped home.

Our best first-half chances fell to Charlie Daniels and Danny Hutchins, while Ryan Mason forced keeper Nicky Morgan into a good save just before the break.

We continued to look for a way back into the game once the second half started. Andy Barcham went through on goal soon after the interval, but lost control of the ball as he tried to take it past Morgan.

However, it wasn't long before the striker got another chance, and he made no mistake when he was put through by Yuri Berchiche on 52 minutes, taking the ball inside a defender and finishing confidently from eight yards.

The goal seemed to give us the confidence to take control of the game, with Barcham looking particularly threatening up-front. He forced another good save out of Morgan on 56 minutes.

But unfortunately, our spell of pressure was short-lived, and Crawley restored their two-goal cushion on 62 minutes.

Some good work by Forrest was rewarded when Killeen got in-front of Lee Butcher to connect with his cross and send it looping into our goal.

This goal knocked the stuffing out of our young side, and the Conference side edged 4-1 ahead when we failed to clear our lines at a corner and Glenn Wilson swept home.

Further damage was done in the last 10 minutes when Killeen slammed home the goal of the night from the edge of the box and Cook helped himself to another tap-in to make the scoreline harsh reading.

L Butcher; Mtandari (Smith, 46), C Butcher (Berchiche, 46), Dervite, Hughton; D Hutton, Hutchins, Daniels, Obika (Fraser-Allen, 46); Mason (Olsen, 46); Barcham
Subs: Dalton

Morgan (Rayner, 79); Wilson, Thomas, Giles (Rents, 78), Wright; Forrest, Weatherstone (Stevens, 65), Pinault, Kileen; Rankin (Bulman, 65), Cook
Subs: Carter, Nayee