This will actually the FIFTH time that Crawley Down Gatwick have played each other in almost a year!!!
Having played CDG first on 22nd August 2017, when we met in the Second Roud of the Peter Bentley League Cup tie, we came out 0-2 winners with their goals coming from Nick Sullivan in the 53rd minute and an Oli Leslie penalty in the 70th minute.
Then, on 7th November 2017, the two teams faced each other again at Jubilee Field, this time in the Second Round of the Parafix Sussex Senior Cup in which Down led 1-2 before the game had to be abandoned at half time due to persistent rain making the pitch waterlogged (not a problem we are likely to encounter for this game!!) CDG took the lead in the 3rd minute through Amaraldo ("Ami") Glloga before Jensen Grant equalised for Bridges 30 minutes later and Oli Leslie scored in the 38th minute to give Down the lead once again. However, it was all for nothing with the game having to be rescheduled.
That Cup tie was eventually played on 14th November 2017 with Bridges coming out 2-1. Oli Leslie once again put Down in the lead after 10 minutes, and Bridges looked to be really up against it when they went down to 10 men after Michael Campbell was sent off in the 55th minute. The ever-busy Ami Glloga looked to be Down's biggest threat before Jensen Grant deservedly equalised in the 65th and with 90 minutes on the clock Nathan Crabb finally got the winner.
Ami Glloga did, of course, transfer to Three Bridges shortly after before then moving to Malta to play professionally for Pemroke Atletica. He has now returned to the UK and complete his registration for us last week once his International Clearance had come through.
Down then visited Bridges for the fourth time, albeit the first League game, on 13th January 2018 where Bridges won the game 4-0 with goals from Connor French, Ben Bacon, Jamie Crellin and Nathan Crabb.
Our last encounter was our penultimate game of the season, which ended in a 0-0 draw after Down played probably the hardest they had played all season - at least we know how they will react to winning an FA Cup match and something we don't intend to witness at this game!!