Crawley Town host Gillingham this Saturday in match week four of the 2023/24 League Two season at the Broadfield Stadium. Both Crawley and Gillingham have had good starts to the season but will look to keep that momentum up this weekend.
With two wins and one draw, Crawley sit third in League Two with seven points from the possible nine. The Red Devils are on the same goal difference as second but are only denied the second spot due to scoring just one less goal than Barrow.
The Red Devils had a positive start to the season when they faced Bradford City on the opening weekend. Crawley took an early lead through Will Wright, a lead they hung on to for the entire game for the 1 - 0 lead against ten man Bradford who lost Daniel Oyegoke in the first half. Their second game of the season saw Crawley take the trip to Salford City, where despite Salford scoring both goals, the game finished 1 - 1 with Luke Garbutt’s own goal giving Crawley the point. In the midst of this, Crawley drew Exeter City in the First Round of the League Cup. Despite taking the lead early through Klaidi Lolos, Kyle Taylor and James Scott gave Exeter the 2 - 1 win.
For the midweek fixture, Crawley hosted MK Dons at Broadfield Stadium. Nick Tsaroulla opened the scoring for Crawley within the first 20 minutes, however, it didn’t take MK Dons too long to reply with Mohamed Eisa levelling the score before half time. Danilo Orsi secured all three points for Crawley with his goal early in the second half, Crawley winning 2 - 1.
Gillingham currently sit top of League Two with three wins in three games and nine points. The Gills are also the only team not to have conceded so far this season.
Gillingham have had a start to remember this League Two season. Their first game of the season was away to Stockport where despite having less possession a goal from Robbie McKenzie in the closing minutes of the game gave Gillingham the 1 - 0 win and a winning start to their campaign. In their next league game, Gillingham secured yet another 1 - 0 win, this time against Accrington Stanley. This time Gillingham took the lead in the first half through Ashley Nadesan and controlled the tempo of the game. In their League Cup First Round match against Championship Southampton Gillingham managed a 3 - 1 win through Nadesan and a brace from McKenzie despite having only 27% of the possession.
Gillingham picked up yet another 1 - 0 on Tuesday, their third in three league games. This time Nadesan scored after just ten minutes to give Gillingham the lead. Despite having just five chances and only one shot on target, The Gills held their ground and kept Sutton United out for all three points.
Crawley and Gillingham don’t face each other too often, having only met 14 times professionally. Gillingham have the upper hand in the fixture having won nine times in comparison to Crawley’s three wins.
In the last five games there have been four wins for Gillingham and just one draw. Like these last four games, it’s likely that all three points will be going home with Gillingham.