Crawley Green pick up away point

CRAWLEY Green earned their first Molten Spartan SML Division One away point of the season with a spirited display at Ampthill Town on Tuesday night.

After three defeats in a row, boss Darren Salton drafted in Liam Dooley and Mark Smith, while Terry Bennion defended resolutely all evening.

The home side were awarded an early free kick which deflected into the hands of Kevin Lane, while Crawley came close in the 10th minute when a Stuart Strange through ball was latched on to by Tommy Hayes, but his low drive was saved.

Crawley started to come into the game, with Matt Baldry skimming the bar although Ampthill’s Tyrone Taylor had the best chance, only to miss from six yards out.

After the restart, a passing move involving Bennion, Strange and Hayes resulted in a fine save from Ampthill keeper Bewick. Lane pulled off a reflex save from Danny Nicholls and although Crawley were reduced to 10 men after Baldry’s dismissal, they held on.

Crawley, who lost 2-0 at St Albans City Res on Saturday, travel to Barking in the FA Vase first round qualifying this weekend and visit Bedford in the league on Tuesday night.