Crawley Town started the new season with a hard fought but well deserved win.
Wycombe Wanderers provided very strong opposition but once the Reds had taken the lead they worked very hard to retain it.
On this showing there is no chance Reds’ new defence will concede through any lack of bravery.
With seven players making their debuts there was a lot for the fans to consider.
The back-four looked generally sound but mistakes will always happen.
Many supporters were particularly impressed by Jordan Roberts’ contribution in midfield whilst his colleagues suggested they could form a tight and inventive unit.
It was no surprise that Crawley’s performance was inconsistent at times but the attacking intent shown under Dermot Drummy’s tactical plan and the steely defence raised hopes of a successful campaign.
Whilst the play proved a case of “good, but no cigar” there was again disappointment in the attendance of just 2471.
Maybe the sunshine and holidays took their toll but it was noticeable that the away terrace was full.
With the smiling owner Ziya Eren looking on, the hoped for new beginning seemed close at hand.
It’s time for the football fans in this town to stand up and be counted, and I mean that literally.
There is no doubt that those who did turn up to watch enjoyed their afternoon and went home with renewed confidence.
We are in ‘one swallow doesn’t make a summer’ territory but with three games on the road to follow the Reds would certainly appreciate stronger support when they entertain Barnet on August 20.