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Crawley Town 2-0 Gretna.


Gretna were sent home without anything after a fairly impressive performance from the home side earned them a 3 point lead at the top of the table. With 16 from a possible 18 points, would there be anything for Baldo to complain about?

On the night, the meeting between first and second began as well as hoped, Franck Jurietti's sublime effort curled into the far post, after just 13 minutes. Chances did continue and when Antonio Fillipini rose the highest there was no doubt that he'd get his 4th of the season.

Tony Baldo interview...

Even though it's only been 6 games, are the fans and players at Crawley now expecting a league trophy?

Expectations are high as always. We're all confident but if we set our expectations too high then the pressure may be too difficult. The belief is definately for everybody, I prefer that.

Conceding just 3 in the league, would you then say your defence is the strongest area at the club?

Well, I just think it's clicked so well at the back. The goalies done amazing and I'm overwhelmed with how well Jurietti's done at wingback. However, I actually think the strike pairing has been most successful, Pazzini has showed game in game out that he has an amazing mind and working off Montella has also been beneficial for him.

Some suggest that an injury in several areas would severely hurt your title chances, would u agree at all?

I can't answer that until or if it actually happens. I've got to have faith in the backup, there's enormous experience but a lack of confidence and fitness is always a possibility.


(Facundo Sava has suggested that he wants to leave because of the lack of games, despite the managers anger, Loan?.)

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Leamington Invitational Cup Fixtures » Round 3 (13th Nov)

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Gretna - Stafford Rangers

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Wrexham - Aldershot

Exeter City - Dagenham & Redbridge

Bristol Rovers - Alloa Athletic

Northwich Victoria - Hibernians FC Paola

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League Results » Turn 6 (Thu 8th Nov)


Adelaide United 2 - 1 Southport

United hold onto second spot in close game that sees Southport drop to 9th.

Cowdenbeath 1 - 3 East Fife

Fife continue to dominate and lead the division whilst Cows continue to find there feet.

Dagenham and Redbridge 3 - 2 Burton Albion

Dagenham sit third and continue to chase the top two whilst Albion struggle to get going.

Grays Athletic 3 - 1 Rushden and Diamonds

Santos Weldon's brace earns points for Atheltic and goes top of the scoring chart.

Perth Glory 4 - 3 Arbroath

Entertaining seven goal match up does not help Arbroath who stay bottom.

Peterborough United 3 - 3 Forest Green Rovers

Rovers throw lead away twice to share the points with United.

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League Results » Turn 6 (Thu 8th Nov)


Birkirkara 0 - 2 Alloa Athletic

Last seasons promoted sides meet with the D3 champs taking the points thanks to two Benjelloun goals.

Central Coast Mariners 1 - 6 Sydney FC

Terrible result for CCM who drop to foot of the table in this relegation scrap.

Exeter City 0 - 1 Northwich Victoria

Don Hutchinson strike enough for Vics to take the points and upto 4th, City slip out of top two.

Newcastle United Jets 2 - 1 Stafford Rangers

Jets revenge for cup defeat sees them go six points clear at the top.

Sliema Wanderers 0 - 0 Albion Rovers

Wanderers do well to hold Rovers to a draw who go into second place. Wanderers drop to 10th.

Stirling Albion 3 - 0 Raith Rovers

Albion climb above Rovers after win that sees Moustogiannis upto third in the scoring table.

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League Results » Turn 6 (Thu 8th Nov)


Aldershot 3 - 2 Wellington Phoenix

Game of two halves as Aldershot nearly gave up there three goal advantage but hold on to go 5th.

Crawley Town 2 - 0 Gretna

Early pace setters meet and Town keep the points at home to stay top.

Morecambe 1 - 2 Bristol Rovers

A late late Suker Hakan goal hands the points to Rovers who sit in second spot.

Notts County 0 - 3 Wrexham

Anichebe double leaves season two winners County bottom of table and still without a win, Wrexham are up to 7th.

Queensland Roar 2 - 0 Hibernians FC Paola

Nugent and Hunt on target for champs who rise to 6th whilst season one champs enter bottom two.

Torquay United 0 - 2 Tamworth

Tamworth climb out of the bottom two and above United thanks to two Gouveia goals.

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Greig Spence’s Arbroath have had a terrible run of results and Spence blames it on luck as his team are still trying to find there feat. Unfortunately it is a setup full of star studded teams and spence is playing the waiting game on a few players rising in rating.

Recent Results

Arbroath v Dagenham & Redbrdige DEFEAT

Arbroath v Grays Athletic DEFEAT

Arbroath v Perth Glory - DEFEAT

Next Game

Spence’s team take on Cowden in their next game , spence knows it’s a hard one that he has to win. He has a fully fit squad and hopes that wee bit of luck that is missing comes to them and helps them pull of a victory that will pull them away from the bottom of not just the league but the whole of the world in Leamington Invitational Setup. Also its an all scotland tie so is classed as a derby :D


Spence is looking for a team who can loan him players , hopefully 80+ but anything from 71+ plus will be great. I already have a goal keeper on loan and thanks to the manager that gave me him

Spence Leaving?

Simple answer NOT A CHANCE

I love the setup and will not leave a team half way through a season

All for now

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League Results » Turn 7 (Sun 11th Nov)


Arbroath 0 - 0 Cowdenbeath

Bottom two meet and play out a less than eventful draw but both rise above Burton.

Burton Albion 1 - 3 Grays Athletic

Athletic climb upto third and send Albion rock bottom.

Dagenham and Redbridge 1 - 4 Adelaide United

United keep hold of second with emphatic win over Dagenham.

East Fife 1 - 0 Peterborough United

Fife edge United by a single goal and stay top of the division.

Forest Green Rovers 2 - 2 Southport

Two sides in the lower half cannot be seperated and stay 8th and 9th.

Rushden and Diamonds 3 - 1 Perth Glory

Glory struggle to get going under new management, with the Diamonds climbing to a place below them.

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League Results » Turn 7 (Sun 11th Nov)


Albion Rovers 2 - 5 Newcastle United Jets

Jets open up eight point lead seeing off second placed Rovers.

Alloa Athletic 2 - 1 Exeter City

Athletic rise to second after close win over City.

Northwich Victoria 1 - 4 Sliema Wanderers

Wanderers rise from 10th to 4th with great win over newly managed Vics.

Raith Rovers 2 - 1 Birkirkara

Close contest ends with Raith upto third from ninth whilst Birkirkara are eighth.

Stafford Rangers 3 - 7 Sydney FC

Game of the day as both sides finish with ten, Sydney stay in the bottom two.

Stirling Albion 1 - 5 Central Coast Mariners

Mariners first win of season is a stylish one and draws Albion a bit closer to trouble.

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League Results » Turn 7 (Sun 11th Nov)


Aldershot 5 - 2 Morecambe

Shots climb upto third and leave Morecambe hovvering above trouble.

Gretna 1 - 1 Queensland Roar

Champs leave it late snatch a point from Gretna, both sides sit midtablish.

Hibernians FC Paola 0 - 3 Torquay United

United too strong for Hibs and pull away from trouble with a much needed three points.

Tamworth 1 - 0 Notts County

County continue to struggle and are eight points from safety whilst Tamworth go seventh.

Wellington Phoenix 1 - 1 Crawley Town

Phoenix boss welcomes old club and nothing seperates the sides and Town remain unbeaten.

Wrexham 1 - 1 Bristol Rovers

Rovers miss chance to eat into Crawleys lead after drawing with Wrexham.

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Leamington Invitational Cup » Round 3 (Tue 13th Nov)

Birkirkara 1 - 2 Notts County

County continue to do well in cup seeing off Birkirkara to set up quarter final tie with Crawley.

Bristol Rovers 2 - 2 Alloa Athletic

Former winners met former runners up with Rovers going out on the cruelty of the shootout. Alloa home to Gretna next.

Crawley Town 2 - 0 Queenland Roar

Cup holders knock out league champs to try and maintain there title. They meet Notts County in the last eight.

Exeter City 2 - 1 Dagenham and Redbridge

City through with close call win over division threes Dagenham. Exeter must go to Raith next round.

Gretna 2 - 1 Stafford Rangers

D1's Gretna through with close win over Rangers. Gretna travel to Alloa next.

Northwich Victoria 4 - 3 Hibernians FC Paola

Vics fight back from two down to claim division one scalp. Another scalp in the prospect as Vics welcome Wrexham.

Raith Rovers 3 - 2 Grays Athletic

Late winner for Rovers knocks out valiant Athletic who played 47minutes with ten men. Rovers go to Exeter next up.

Wrexham 3 - 1 Aldershot

All division one affair goes Wrexhams way with all goals coming in the second half. Wrexham must visit Northwich.

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The Broath Out played Yet Again

Greig Spence's Arbroath have been defeated yet again. Todays pumping by Peterborough shows the lack of quality in ther team and spence is going to ring the changes

Peterborough United





Bobby CONVEY (68)

Gerard PIQUE (74)

Main Moments

22: RED CARD - Iñaki ASTIZ is sent off after head butting an opponent!

68: GOAL!! - The ball is pulled back from the by line to the unmarked Bobby CONVEY, who finishes cleverly!

74: GOAL!! - Gerard PIQUE converts a fantastic cross with a well placed header!

Things can only get better a suppose

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Manager rick graca presents wonderkids for the newly managed Northwich Victoria.




and some back up players



Modibo MAIGA


Im currently selling SINEV, Mikhail who is an 85 rated player.

Today the match against divison 2 leaders ended in a 2-2 draw with the vics coming back in the 81st minute with BEN ARFA first goal in the league. also scoring on his debut PAULO FERREIRA.

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Crawley 3-1 Aldershot.

With Broadfield well packed they weren't too happy with the first half as the home side went 1-0 down going in, after Bergara Markel bundled it over the line on the 37th minute after a scramble in the box. After 74 minutes, Patrick Berger who replaced the clubs top goalscorer (Fillipini) on the 60th minute blasting home from outside the box. With 7 minutes, Crawley then took a shock lead through Giorgos Anatolakis. The third came from Giampaolo Pazzini who hammered home emphatically.


"We had to rely on 16 minutes of brilliance but we've always said that if we can get something from the game when we're playing poor then it can only help us stay top..." Gianfranco Zola (Assistant Manager).

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League Results » Turn 8 (Thu 15th Nov)


Adelaide United 3 - 2 Forest Green Rovers

Late winner for United puts them top of the table, Rovers drop a placeto ninth.

Cowdenbeath 0 - 3 Rushden and Diamonds

Despite result both sides are non movers in tenth and seventh places.

Grays Athletic 1 - 3 Dagenham and Redbridge

Athletic drop two to fifth after giving up goal lead, D&R take there place in third.

Perth Glory 3 - 0 Burton Albion

Albion suffer another loss leaving them bottom, Glory are non movers in sixth.

Peterborough United 2 - 0 Arbroath

United climb a place to fourth leaving Arbroath sitting in eleventh.

Southport 0 - 0 East Fife

Stalemate at Haig Avenue has Fife dropping to second after bwing top for six matches, Southport rise a place.

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League Results » Turn 8 (Thu 15th Nov)


Birkirkara 4 - 1 Stirling Albion

Birkirkara rise four places to fourth with this win, Albion face there toughest season yet as they drop to the bottom.

Central Coast Mariners 4 - 2 Stafford Rangers

CCM are off the bottom after great win over Rangers that pulls them into the fight.

Exeter City 4 - 0 Raith Rovers

City lead the chase to get into the top two after beating Rovers who drop to fifth.

Newcastle United Jets 2 - 2 Northwich Victoria

Jets lead cut to six points and draw drops Vics to eighth.

Sliema Wanderers 0 - 1 Alloa Athletic

Athletic keep hold of second with close win over Wanderers, Wanderers slip to seventh.

Sydney FC 6 - 0 Albion Rovers

Leagues top scorers smash in six and rise to sixth, Rovers drop three to ninth.

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League Results » Turn 8 (Thu 15th Nov)


Bristol Rovers 0 - 1 Tamworth

Rovers stay second after loss as Tamworth reach fourth with late winner.

Crawley Town 3 - 1 Aldershot

Town show there championship potential coming from behind to win. Town are six points clear with Aldershot dropping to fifth.

Morecambe 2 - 1 Wrexham

Morecambe grab some breathing space rising to eighth and leaping over Wrexham who fall to ninth.

Notts County 5 - 1 Hibernians FC Paola

Countys first win of the season is an explosive one in the relegation battle with Hibs, both sides stay in bottom two but swap places.

Queensland Roar 0 - 4 Wellington Phoenix

Roar suffer terrible defeat and drop to ninth, with all three previous champions now in the bottom three. Phoenix keep chasing and go third.

Torquay United 3 - 1 Gretna

United come from behind and leap above Gretna and upto sixth with Gretna seventh.

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After a shaky start, Port are managing to find form. Today they beat Greig's Arbroath 3-1. Sparky was delighted with the win; "It's a great achievement. We have been struggling, and to come away with a win like that is phenomenal."

Table After Match Day 9

Pos Team P W D L F A GD Pts

1 Adelaide United 9 8 0 1 27 9 18 24

2 East Fife 9 7 2 0 18 7 11 23

3 Perth Glory 9 5 1 3 14 12 2 16

4 Dagenham & Redbridge 9 5 0 4 18 16 2 15

5 Rushden & Diamonds 9 5 0 4 17 15 2 15

6 Peterborough United 9 4 2 3 13 10 3 14

7 Grays Athletic 9 4 1 4 17 15 2 13

8 SOUTHPORT 9 3 2 4 14 17 -3 11

9 Cowdenbeath 9 2 2 5 10 14 -4 8

10 Forest Green Rovers 9 1 4 4 12 16 -4 7

11 Arbroath 9 1 1 7 9 21 -12 4

12 Burton Albion 9 1 1 7 6 23 -17 4

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League Results » Turn 9 (Sun 18th Nov)


Arbroath 1 - 3 Southport

Both sides non movers after this result staying in eleventh and eighth places.

Burton Albion 0 - 6 Cowdenbeath

Ten man Cowdenbeath rise to ninth and show how bad Albion are looking at the moment.

Dagenham and Redbridge 0 - 1 Perth Glory

Glory leap over Redbridge after close win that sees both sides leading the chase to catch the top two.

East Fife 3 - 2 Forest Green Rovers

Unbeaten Fife remain second one point behind Adelaide, FGR continue there downward slide.

Grays Athletic 1 - 2 Adelaide United

Late winner keeps United top of the table with Athletic slipping two to seventh.

Rushden and Diamonds 1 - 0 Peterborough United

Diamonds win over United makes it very interesting between third and eighth places.

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League Results » Turn 9 (Sun 18th Nov)


Albion Rovers 0 - 3 Stafford Rangers

Rangers superb win takes them upto seventh and Rovers slip into there old position of tenth.

Alloa Athletic 1 - 3 Newcastle United Jets

Jets extend there lead at the top whilst Athletic drop out of the top two after this result.

Birkirkara 2 - 2 Central Coast Mariners

CCM had lead twice and settle for a point that leaves them in the bottom two, Birkirkara drop two places to sixth.

Northwich Victoria 0 - 4 Sydney FC

Vics fall a spot to ninth whilst a resurgent Sydney continue to climb the table and are now fourth.

Raith Rovers 1 - 4 Sliema Wanderers

Rovers sack manager Sir Metz after a couple of poor results, Wanderers rise to fifth.

Stirling Albion 0 - 1 Exeter City

Albion spend another week on the bottom whilst win takes City back into the promotion places.

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League Results » Turn 9 (Sun 18th Nov)


Aldershot 2 - 4 Queensland Roar

Champs find there spark to climb upto eighth position taking over Aldershot in the process who fall to ninth.

Crawley Town 1 - 3 Morecambe

Great result for Morecambe has them up four to fourth, Town stay top and have a six point lead.

Gretna 0 - 1 Notts County

Countys second consecutive win leaves them eleventh but trailing Gretna who are tenth by three points.

Hibernians FC Paola 3 - 1 Bristol Rovers

Hibs stay bottom despite picking up three points over Rovers who drop to third.

Tamworth 1 - 2 Wrexham

Wrexham join Tamworth on twelve points after this result and the sides are sixth and seventh.

Wellington Phoenix 0 - 1 Torquay United

United climb four places to second and are one of three teams on fourteen points, Phoenix drop to fifth.

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Queensland Roar 1-0 Crawley Town.

Crawley Town suffer their second consecutive league loss and have blamed the fact that nearly the whole squad is lacking fitness. However, Crawley do still remain top but after a recent interview with Tony Baldo, it wouldn't seem that way.

"We'll be resting almost all the players who usually feature so it can help us after the Torquay game. After the game, it'll be back to normal, our team will be fit and then our title challenge will restart. Our reserves will have to do something special to get something out of the game but we'll have to wait and see, I am trying to remain optimistic."


(Crawley are rumoured to have made a loan bid for Adel Taarabt.)

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Crawley Town 3-1 Torquay United.

Despite being top going into the game, Crawley Town had suffered two consecutive losses and fielding a much weaker team were expecting to lose again.

However, the teams key player for the game, Facundo Sava converted from a great long ball with an even better volley. The crowd were then the loudest they've ever been and clearly motivated Villa who then made it 2-0 on the 27th minute, with a perfectly drilled shot from over 20 yards out.

In the second half, Kerimogly Tugay rapped it up with a diving header at the back post. Nikolay Dimitrov did attempt to restore some hope for the visitors but it was definately too late.

Crawley XI -

Hahnemann 88

Strande 80 E Viveros 83 Cassetti 89

Tugay 88

Villa 87 Del Prato 83 Ávalos 80 Berger 85

Taarabt 78 Sava 88

Blue = Loan.


Newly appointed coach, Pierluigi Casiraghi had this to say, "Before the game, Me, Gianfranco and Tony had long discussions how we could actually win without so many key players (lacked fitness). It all seemed to go how we wished and we're all really proud. I don't think it'll be like this for the remaining games but if we continue to approach the games confident then we'll of course have a better chance of lifting the league trophy."

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All the attention in division 1 turned to this game as first met second with just 3 points separating the clubs, there was no doubt that the 9,783 spectators were in for an enjoyable game.

After just 8 minutes, Henrik Larsson should of put Rovers ahead, his delicate chip crashing off the crossbar. It was Pazzini who opened the scoring though, placing a header past the poorly positioned Fontana. Two minutes later, it was 2-0. Facundo Sava's miss hit shot somehow went under the keepers body but the Striker didn't show any remorse for Fontana, celebrating with the fans behind the goal.

Going into the second half, things only got worse for Paul Thames men. Claudio Suarez's red card was followed by a third for Crawley, this time it was Hamann. On the 59th minute, Antonio Fillipini got his name on the score sheet, turning quickly to fire a low shot into the bottom corner. With 5 minutes left, Sava revealed the trademark mask, after getting his second and the games final goal, shooting from an acute angle.

Managers comments -

""I know if we win the league, I'll look back at this game as probably the best result. Considering we were away and playing a team who were second it was always going to be tiring and difficult. I've got huge respect for their coach, this thrashing could be what motivates us to go all the way. There's still a long wait though and our job will be to prevent the four other challengers from taking the top spot. A win against Notts County is expected."

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