Gallery: Boro draw with Crawley at home
PUBLISHED: 12:09 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 16:29 05 May 2010
Stevenage Boro 1 Crawley Town 1 Boro produced their best display of the season so far to earn a battling draw on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon. There were four changes to Saturday s starting line-up including unattached Chris Day replacing the out-of-sort
Stevenage Boro 1 Crawley Town 1
Boro produced their best display of the season so far to earn a battling draw on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.
There were four changes to Saturday's starting line-up including unattached Chris Day replacing the out-of-sorts Ashley Bayes in goal.
Calum Willock swapped with Iyseden Christie, Peter Vincenti made his first start of the season in place of Michael Bostwick, and Steve Morison was back from suspension with Anthony Thomas dropping to the bench.
The visitors included several ex-Boro players with Simon Weatherstone, Dannie Bulman, Jamie Cook and Isaiah Rankin all returning to Broadhall Way.
One, Weatherstone, had an early free-kick which was superbly parried away by new keeper Day.
Boro gained the ascendancy and when Lawrie Wilson skipped in between two players to pass the ball across goal, Vincenti was waiting to fire home but his shot was turned over expertly by Simon Rayner.
Luke Oliver nearly broke the deadlock with a downward header from the corner although that too was cleared off the line.
Mitchell Cole gave Boro the lead after some great work from Morison. The striker turned his defender with ease and raced on to goal. His initial shot was blocked but Cole met the rebound and fired home to give Boro a deserved lead.
Vincenti thought he had extended the lead minutes later but it was ruled out. Keeper Rayner dropped the ball for Vincenti to prod home only for referee Naylor to award a free-kick for a foul.
Crawley tried to get back on level terms as Day again made a superb reaction save and followed it up later with another diving save from Weatherstone's long shot.
The second half saw Cole caught stretching for the ball which ended his afternoon as he was substituted.
Vincenti headed wide on a couple of occasions and Oliver had another good header tipped over the bar.
The best chance fell to Willock from a Lawrie Wilson cross - unfortunately his header fizzed well wide of its intended target.
Crawley gave Boro a scare when substitute Lewis Killeen smashed his shot against the underside of the bar. The ball bounced out and was cleared by Henry.
Minutes later Crawley were level following another defensive mistake from Boro this season.
On the third time the ball came into the box, Day tried to intercept, receiving a boot to the head for his troubles, while Glenn Wilson stabbed the ball home and leaving the keeper to receive treatment.
Boro finished strongest as sub Thomas, Vincenti and Morison all had opportunities which were unsuccessful. Thomas shot wide despite having options, Vincenti headed wide again and Morison received a good lay-off from Willock but his shot was weak and easy for Rayner.
Boro: Day 8, Wilson 7, Laird 7, Oliver 7, Albrighton 7, Mills 7, Willock 7, Morison 8, Cole 7 (Thomas 59m, 6), Henry 7, Vincenti 8*.
Subs not used: Bayes, Anaclet, Christie, Bostwick.