Battling draw is something to build on as men enter Christmas break

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Crawley were hoping to get back on track after last week’s blowout against Mid Sussex.

They started off on the back foot, giving the home side far too much time and space on the ball and most of the chances and possession were with Blackheath in the first ten minutes.

Eventually the breakthrough came when a Blackheath short corner wasn’t cleared and was bundled into the back of the net leaving Crawley goalkeeper Thornton with no chance.

This sparked Crawley back into life and the midfield started to get hold of the ball. From a short corner the ball was played to the right of the area for Dan Lucas to strike the ball in off the post for his first goal of the season.

Told to pick up the pace at the half time break, a good start to the second half saw Crawley take the lead when some good close control from Carl Wright down the right resulted in a ball into the area to Seb Watson who managed to squeeze a pass between the keeper and the defender to an unmarked Reece Banton to score.

The next period of the game was tight as Crawley looked to close the game out. Blackheath kept coming forward but some excellent work from the defence and some great saves from Thornton kept Crawley in front.

Blackheath did manage to draw level when a slip allowed them in to score with another untidy finish. This did not stop Crawley from digging in and even when Seb Watson was sin binned they managed to hold Blackheath off and possibly could have even nicked it late on as Crawley pushed for a winner.

Captain Innes said: “It wasn’t a great start to the game for the first 10, 15 minutes but we managed to get ourself back into it before half time and looked a better side for most of what was a tight encounter.

“Hopefully this will give us something to build on after the Christmas break and allow us to push on up the league. At the half way point in the season we are not where we would want to be in the league but we feel we can go on a decent run when we get back and really be fighting it out towards the top of the league.”

Crawley: Thornton, Fuller, Brockington, A Warner, C Warner, A Watson, Gate , Maccaoilte, S Watson, Wright, Innes. Subs: Lucas, Banton.

Complete tyre services man of the match: Alan Warner