Match Preview: v Crawley Town (H) Match Preview: v Crawley Town (H)
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Match Preview: v Crawley Town (H)

Here is our Match Preview for the Saddlers' League Two meeting with Crawley Town.
Don't forget to join us across our social media channels where we'll bring you all the matchday build-up, in-game updates, and post-match reaction as the Saddlers return to action.


Walsall arrive at this weekend's match on the back of last Saturday's goalless draw with Carlisle United, and a performance which saw the Saddlers extend their unbeaten run to four games as they continue to grow into the campaign.

Recent league wins over Harrogate Town and Rochdale, along with an Emirates FA Cup - First Round triumph over Wycombe Wanderers have gone a long way to proving that the team is more than capable of competing with teams both in their same league but also from higher up the pyramid.

Whilst the month of November has afforded the team with several extra days rest, the fixtures are no less important as, with the potential departure of several of the current loanees edging ever-closer, points continue to be crucial.

Hopefully, the powers that be will be able to either convince parent clubs not to use their right to recall or be able to sign players such as Liam Bennett and Danny Johnson on permanent deals.

Whatever takes place over the coming weeks and months, we're pleased with the recent progress and hope the gagger and his team will be able to continue their growth over the second half of the campaign.

Back to on field matters, and visitor's most recent League Two outing saw them scrape past Play-Off chasing Barrow by a goal-to-nil as Ashley Nadesan's sixth-minute effort proved to be enough to secure all three points, ending Barrow's unbeaten run in the process.


Here is how the Saddlers and their opponents Crawley Town have fared in their last five Sky Bet League Two games.



Walsall and Crawley Town have met on just thirteen previous occasions and it's all-square between the Saddlers and Red Devils, with four wins apiece.

There have also been five draws over the history of the fixture, a history which began at the Broadfield Stadium on Saturday, 17th November 2012 as the two sides met in a League One clash which would see four goals scored but would ultimately end all-square.


The most recent meeting between the Saddlers and Red Devils took place at the People's Pension Stadium on Monday, 18th April 2022, and saw then Crawley loanee Isaac Hutchinson bag the only goal of the game to secure the win for the home side.


The EFL has confirmed that Darren Drysdale, who is based in Lincolnshire, will be the man in the middle as the Saddlers look to extend their unbeaten run at Poundland Bescot Stadium.

51-year-old Drysdale has been refereeing since 1988, officiating in the Northern Alliance and Northern Premier League. He became an assistant referee for the Football League in 1996, and in 1997 progressed to the National League North.

Darren was appointed as an assistant referee for the Premier League in 1998.

We also know that Christopher Wade and Christopher Husband have been named assistant referees. Gary Hilton will act as Fourth Official.



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