Defender signs on loan ahead of ‘massive’ Newport clash

Gwion Edwards scores Crawley's third goal against Cambridge Utd (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150822-203805008
Gwion Edwards scores Crawley's third goal against Cambridge Utd (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150822-203805008

Crawley Town boss Mark Yates has said tonight’s bottom-of-the-table clash away at Newport County is ‘massive’ for his side.

The bottom two sides in League Two meet at Rodney Parade in what is already looking as though it could be a six-pointer.

With Joe McNerney still out and Jon Ashton picking up an injury in the defeat to Accrington Stanley on Saturday, Reds have moved quickly to bring in central defender Josh Yorwerth on loan from Ipswich Town.

Crawley chief executive Michael Dunford said: “We’ve got a particular issue with injuries with Joe McNerney (knee) and Jon Ashton (ankle strain) both out, leaving us with only one fit centre back (Sonny Bradley) and we are grateful to Ipswich Town for helping us out.”

Yorwerth, 20, is a Wales under-21 international and will be on loan at Crawley for 28 days.

On Newport, Yates said: “The next game is massive as was Saturday, but we can’t do anything about it now. All our thoughts now have to be gearing ourselves up for a decent performance on Tuesday night.

“It’s going to be a big test for us but one than we are more than capable of dealing with and we will be trying our best to do so.”

Lanre Oyebanjo and Gavin Tomlin remain sidelined while Luke Rooney is suspended after his red card on Saturday. One bit of good news is that Gwion Edwards has served his three-game ban and Roarie Deacon could return from a hamstring problem.

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