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From the Archive | A Huge Step Towards Safety

6 September 2023

Club News

From the Archive | A Huge Step Towards Safety

6 September 2023

The 2016/17 season was one of our most dramatic since returning to the Football League ten years ago.

A difficult season had seen us entrenched in a relegation battle, and we came into our game with Crawley Town on April 1st 2017, 23rd in the league, six points from safety with only three wins in our previous 24 games. 

With seven games to go, Crawley was the first of our final four home games, with encounters with Yeovil Town, Accrington Stanley, and Notts County still to come. 

Crawley themselves had had a lacklustre campaign, but with safety all but wrapped up for the visitors, we knew that we had to beat them at Rodney Parade in order to stand a chance of a fifth consecutive season in the Football League.

County fans had remained optimistic, and they knew that, with a string of games left at Rodney Parade, hope was not lost. 

The team were also up for the fight, and after a gritty opening to the game, Mickey Demetriou took a shot from long-range that flew past the Crawley keeper and give us the lead in the 18th minute. 

The scrappy nature of the game was embodied by a double sending-off in the 51st minute when our captain, Joss Ladabie, clashed with Josh Yowerth and both men were dismissed. We held our nerve though, staving off several attempts from Crawley to secure three points and bring ourselves one step closer to another season in the Football League. 

This victory would light a fuse in the team, and we would then go on to win four of our final six games, winning every game at Rodney Parade and securing survival on an incredibly dramatic final day. 


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