Brian Jensen returned after six-weeks out with a thumb injury as Crawley Town lost 1-0 in a friendly at Eastbourne Borough last night.
The goalkeeper dislocated his thumb early in Reds’ 2-2 draw with MK Dons on January 2.
The seasoned stopper came through 90 minutes successfully and is a welcome return for Crawley with back-up loan keeper Scott Dutton returning to Wolves.
Reds also featured two trialists; one of which was Cecil Thomas, who was in the club’s under-18 set-up last season.
Captain Joe Walsh, who is in the middle of a three-match League suspension, Jimmy Smith, Bobson Bawling and Dean Morgan also all started for the visitors.
Nathaniel Pinney’s controversial free-kick six minutes after the break settled a competitive game in the Conference South side’s favour.
Thomas conceded a free-kick 22 yards out for a foot-up challenge and while Crawley were organising their defensive wall, Pinney stepped up, presumably with permission of the referee Tim Robinson, and drove the ball into an empty past Jensen.
In a strong finish, Reds failed to find an equaliser with Blair Anderson blazing their best chance over the bar with only the goalkeeper to beat.
On loan striker Matt Harrold played 90 minutes for Cambridge United last night in their 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon.
Crawley: Jensen, Bawling, Walsh, Thomas, Richefond, Isaacs, Smith, Anderson, O’Connor, trialist, Morgan.