Young scores hat-trick as Crawley thrash East Grinstead

Lewis Young makes a pass for Crawley Town against Exeter City, 28th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160328-171235008
Lewis Young makes a pass for Crawley Town against Exeter City, 28th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160328-171235008
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Lewis Young scored a hat-trick as Crawley Town thrashed East Grinstead 9-2 in their first pre-season game of the season.

Jason Banton scored a brace and there were also goals for Jimmy Smith from the penalty spot, Jordan Roberts and trialists Billy Clifford and Fisayo Adarabioya.

Sky Bet League 2 side Crawley Town FC have appointed former Chelsea and Arsenal coach Dermot Drummy as their new manager on a two-year deal. Pic Steve Robards SR1612145 SUS-160429-134954001

Sky Bet League 2 side Crawley Town FC have appointed former Chelsea and Arsenal coach Dermot Drummy as their new manager on a two-year deal. Pic Steve Robards SR1612145 SUS-160429-134954001

For the Wasps, Aidan Hayes and Jack Healy each scored a goal in each half.

Reds boss Dermot Drummy fielded nine of his new signings plus eight trialists as he put out a completely different side in each half.

The trialists on show included former Chelsea midfielder Clifford, ex-Crystal Palace and Manchester City striker Fisayo Adarabioya and former Arsenal and Tottenham centre back Andre Blackman.

Crawley charged into a 2-0 lead after just eight minutes, starting in the third minute when Jimmy Smith played Clifford through and he scored at the second attempt.

Adarabioya then scored their second, taking over from Roberts and netting into an open goal.

Grinstead then pulled one back for 2-1 through an Aiden Hayes shot from short-range after a free-kick was only partly cleared.

Roberts curled in a spectacular goal from a free-kick and Smith made it 4-1 at half-time with a calmly-taken penalty after the lively Enzio Boldeweijn was brought down having gone on a run from the right into the area.

Meanwhile at the other end, former new signing Mark Connolly (ex-Kilmarnock) made a superb block to deny Grinstead striker Trevor McCreadie.

For the second half Drummy fielded an entirely different 11, with Young coming on and scoring the first of his three goals with a nice shot from Banton’s squared ball.

Crawley keeper Yusuf Mersin pulled off a fine save from Stefan Joseph following a cross from the left.

Bobson Bawling was the striker for the second half and following some good pace. With a one-two he set-up Young for his second goal which he scuffed but rolled into the net to the right of keeper Milan Stojsavljevic.

Grinstead’s Healy made it 6-2 with a goal tapped-in from a corner.

Young then scored possibly the best goal of the game when he volleyed in Banton’s cross.

Bawling then teed-up Banton for his second anf Crawley’s eighth goal, powerfully struck from 12 yards.

Healy cleared off the line to deny Banton, who then moments later scored Reds’ ninth with a great individual turn and shot into the net.

REDS (4-2-3-1): (first half) - Mitch Beeney, Rylan Myers, Chris Arthur, Charlie Gregory, Joe McNerney, Mark Connolly; Enzio Boldewijn, Jimmy Smith; Billy Clifford, Jordan Roberts, Fisayo Adarabioya

(second half) - Yusuf Mersin, Lanre Oyebanjo, Andre Blackman, Josh Yorwerth, Addison Garnett; Aryan Tajbakhsh, Josh Payne; Lewis Young, Jason Banton, Diego Hoffman; Bobson Bawling

East Grinstead (first half): Milan Stojsavljevic, Aaron Akuruka, Steve Betancourt, Aidan Hayes, James Fitchett, George Benner (Capt), Sefan Cox, Chad Goulter, Trevor McCreadie, Jordan Clarke, Billy Joe King

(second half subs): Toby Cassidy, Williams Peauroux, Jack Healy, Regan Payne, Stefan Joseph, Alfie Kitt, Adrian Todd, Teddy West, Alex Gaggin, Lorcan Healy

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