Crawley 0 Hartlepool 0: Reds held to bore-draw

Crawley Town extended their unbeaten run to four matches with a goalless draw with Hartlepool.

Sunday, 20th March 2016, 1:07 pm
Updated Sunday, 20th March 2016, 1:17 pm
Liam McAlinden shakes off a defender for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-213958008

Being new owner Ziya Eren’s first home game since taking over, it was low on quality for the small crowd of 1,883 to watch.

Mark Yates kept an unchanged side from that which heroically beat Luton Town 1-0 away last week.

Liam McAlinden made his home debut having arrived one week ago on loan from Wolves.

Sonny Bradley misses a sitter in the dying seconds for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-214046008

Hartlepool were also unchanged from their 0-0 midweek draw at Newport.

The first half took a long time to get going, with neither side looking able to create much of an attacking threat on a bobby pitch played in cold, windy conditions.

It took until 20 minutes had past on the new scoreboard provided as an early gift to the fans by Ziya Eren before either side notched up a shot on target.

Nathan Thomas blasted a shot wide from 20 yards and then moments later, had another effort deflected wide for a corner.

Shamir Fenelon fights for the ball for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-214034008

Crawley made their first impression ten minutes before half-time when Gwion Edwards crossed to Lyle Della-Verde but he headed wide.

Della-Verde then had another shot from long-range which he sliced wide as a first half lacking in quality came to an end.

Hartlepool went close 12 minutes after the restart when Thomas had a shot which keeper Paul Jones tipped on to the crossbar.

The second half continued in a similar vein until 64 minutes had gone when Edwards put McAlinden through for a one-on-one with keeper Trevor Carson, who denied the Reds striker from close-range and then grabbed the loose ball to stop it rolling over the goalline.

Gwion Edwards attacks the ball for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-213947008

Yates made two substitutions with just over half an hour to go, replacing Shamir Fenelon for McAlinden and ex-Pools player Simon Walton for Andy Bond.

Within seconds of coming on, Fenelon got into the penalty area and had a double effort to score, but he was crowded out by the defence and the ball was cleared by Jake Carroll.

Finally Matt Harrold headed substitute Gavin Tomlin’s header straight into the hands of Carson for an easy save.

Reds had a last-ditch chance to seal the three points when Tomlin supplied captain Sonny Bradley for a header from the six-yard box which he managed to put wide.

for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-213935008

REDS: Jones, Oyebanjo, Bradley, Edwards, McAlinden (Fenelon 67), Ashton, Harrold, Bond (Walton 67), Sutherland, Della-Verde (Tomlin 85), Dunne

UNUSED SUBS: Barnard, Preston, Young, Yorwerth

HARTLEPOOL: Carson, Magnay, Carroll, Bates, Thomas, Paynter, Featherstone, Hawkins (Walker 84), Jackson, Gray, James

UNUSED SUBS: Bingham, Bartlett, Woods, Oates, Richards, Laurent

REFEREE: David Coote

ATTENDANCE: 1,883 (202 away)

Lyle Della Verde takes a shot for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-213836008

MAN OF THE MATCH: Lanre Oyebanjo

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Boxer Ben Jones makes a guest appearance for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-213651008
Sonny Bradley misses a sitter in the dying seconds for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-214046008
Shamir Fenelon fights for the ball for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-214034008
Gwion Edwards attacks the ball for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-213947008
for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-213935008
Lyle Della Verde takes a shot for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-213836008
Boxer Ben Jones makes a guest appearance for Crawley Town against Hartlepool United, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard, 5th March 2016. (c) Jack Beard SUS-160319-213651008