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In addition, the new and highly rated Crawley Green Under 23's side await their Bedfordshire County League Division Two fixtures in what looks a very competitive division, it will be interesting to see how the side get on against some seasoned campaigners and there are often no holds barred in games:

Bedfordshire County League Division Two
Atletico Europa First          
Bedford Albion Reserves         
CS Rovers First          
Caldecote Reserves          
Clifton First          
Crawley Green U23          
Harlington Juniors First          
Lancot Park First          
Marston Shelton Rovers Reserves          
Real Haynes First          
Renhold First          
Sundon Park Rangers First          
Wootton Blue Cross First

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Crawley Green Under 23's entertain fellow Division Two outfit Real Haynes First in the First Round of the Bedfordshire FA Junior Challenge Cup on Saturday 26 September, kick off 2.30pm, should they be successful they will then travel to Shefford Town & Campton 'B' in the Second Round of the competition however it certainly won't be a walk in the park against a Real Haynes side who have been promoted from Division Three:


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Crawley Green Reserves travel to Bedford Albion in their first Bedfordshire County League Premier Division fixture of the new campaign on Saturday 26 September, kick off 2.30pm, they then entertain Biggleswade FC Reserves the following Saturday at the Crawley Green Recreation Ground: 

Bedfordshire County League Premier Division
AFC Kempston Town & Bedford College First
AFC Oakley First
Bedford Albion First
Biggleswade FC Reserves
Biggleswade United U23
Caldecote First
Cranfield United First
Crawley Green Reserves
Elstow Abbey First
Flitwick Town First
Marston Shelton Rovers First
Queens Park Crescents First
Riseley Sports First
Shefford Town & Campton Reserves
Stevington First
Wilstead First

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An anorak was at this pre-season friendly on Thursday 20 August between Lea Sports PSG and Crawley Green Under 23's, the two sides locked horns again only last Saturday (5 September) at the Crawley Green Recreation Ground and played out an exciting 3-3 stalemate with Lea Sports PSG this time the better side throwing away a comfortable lead near the end:

Lea Sports PSG 1 - 3 Crawley Green Under 23s (HT 0 -2)
Pirton Recreation Ground, Hertfordshire
Attendance rising to 19 towards the end of the second half...2 of whom brought their own deckchairs.

My first visit to Pirton Rec, accessed down a narrow pot holed tarmac road, with parking for well over 30 cars. A second football pitch along side, and a cricket square that was cordoned off. Some cricket net cages were also present. The clubhouse pavillion has a refreshments hatch, but not open this evening.

Much as I would like to call them Paris St Germain, the home team was named for the villages of Pirton, Shillington and Graveley (I think). So explains the anomaly of a Bedfordshire League team physically playing their fixtures in Hertfordshire! Pirton's other main event would be the Pirton Pumpkin Show, held in the Village Hall during September, showing many decorated cucurbitae, as well as the Giants, one year having a 45 stone pumpkin. (I was there.)

The first 20 minutes of the match belonged to Crawley Green, with their very youthful team, looking like some of them were actually in the 16 to 18 age bracket. This may explain the rise in spectators towards the end, as some may have been parents picking up their offspring. 2 goals up, and just before half time, a penalty was awarded to CG, which they didnt score from. I didn't actually see the indiscretion for which it was awarded.

The second half started with a change of GK for Lea Sports, it seemed more fairly matched with both sides scoring. Although it was noted that the size of the goal posts were a bit on the small side, being 9 a side goal posts....they are currently awaiting delivery of their new goal posts.

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It's 'criminal' isn't it that Crawley Green are not being allowed spectators at their home games at the Brache, I wonder how long Luton Town are likely to enforce that ruling on the Club for, it's just as well that Crawley Green Reserves and the Under 23's side are able to play their games at the Crawley Green Recreation Ground in the Bedfordshire County League Premier Division and Bedfordshire County League Division Two respectively:


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I see that there is a post on another Forum that has 'let the cat out of the bag' as to why Crawley Green are not allowing spectators into the Brache and playing 'behind closed doors', calling it a 'misnomer', it seems like they are allowing spectators in afterall but only Luton Town season ticket holders who they have sold €30 season tickets to. It doesn't seem right does it when their own fans, who are not Luton Town season ticket holders, and fans of visiting Club's can't get in to watch games, I assume that all Officials/Committee members of visiting SSML Club's are able to attend:

"BCD" is something of a misnomer. Due to their tie-in with Luton Town (they share Luton's training ground at the Brache), Crawley Green have being selling season tickets to Luton Town season ticket holders at just £30 for the season. Presumably take up of these, particularly with it likely to be extremely difficult to get in to watch the parent team this season, has no doubt reached the limited quota of fans being allowed into Step 5 stadia for the present under the emergency COVID regulations. Therefore tickets will only become available to casual supporters if and when these regulations are relaxed. The doors are open, but only to a select few at the moment.


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