Crawley Manager Ritchie Barker

League One Side Crawley Town Train At East Durham College

Fri, 02/11/2001 - 00:00

Crawley Town training at EDC 2013.jpgNpower League one side Crawley Town have trained at East Durham College today ahead of their league clash with Hartlepool United at Victoria Park tomorrow.

Crawley entered the Football League for the first time in their history last season and in their first year of League Two football achieved automatic promotion on the last day of the season with a 1-0 win against Accrington Stanley.

And the Red Devils travel to Hartlepool on Saturday after a very successful start to the season which has seen them take 22 points from their first 12 league games and sees them lying fourth in the table.

Crawley manager Ritchie Barker believes his side have surprised a lot of people with their early form but still believes every match in the league is going to be tough.

Ritchie said: “I think we have beaten off everybody’s expectations at the start of the season, sitting two points off second place in the table. Most realistic people wouldn’t have gone for that so we have started pretty well and I am obviously pleased about that.

“Every game at this level is difficult, because every team has players that on their day can change and win you games.

“So we prepare as though were playing the best. We played Bury last week who were bottom and we relied on a lucky goal in the end to win the game. So even though Hartlepool is were they are in the league we will be treating it as if we were playing Tranmere who are top.”

And Crawley had a great environment to prepare in, as Barker hailed the College’s facilities even claiming that they are better than the facilities Crawley use on a daily basis.

Barker added: “This is certainly a fantastic setup here at the College with some great facilities available to use, it’s even better than our training ground back in Crawley.

“We are massively appreciative that through knowing Michael Proctor and Chris Swailes [part of the East Durham College football coaching staff] that we have had the opportunity to come and use the facilities here at East Durham College, everything has been just right for us.”

The College wished Crawley luck for the match – but will still be right behind the Pools come Saturday.