Gregory narrows down his selection

John Gregory is expected to field a strong side tonight

John Gregory is expected to field a strong side tonight

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Crawley Town will field a stronger side away to Woking tonight – but one or two trialists may still be involved.

The team John Gregory will play for the Reds’ seventh game of pre-season will be close to the one he goes with for the League One opener at Barnsley on August 9.

Gregory, below, opted for a line-up of fringe players and trialists for the game at Three Bridges on Monday with Ryan Dickson – who was returning from an ankle injury – the only player expected to start against the Tykes.

Eight trialists were given run-outs against Bridges while another, contracted Bognor centre-back Craig Robson, was due to play but was prevented from doing so due to a clerical complication.

Big defender Anthony Stewart, a 21-year-old who played 39 games for Wycombe Wanderers last season, was the pick of the new faces on show and is likely to be given another opportunity.

Midfielder Matt Warren had showed some nice touches before being forced off due to injury after 38 minutes, his replacement – Walton and Hersham midfielder Harold Odemetey – impressed with his strong running in the middle of the park while Steve Burford, a player with a non-league background, scored the winning goal.

It is also understood Crawley are keen for one more look at Robson, who has previously featured in pre-season, before deciding whether to offer him anything.

However, the bulk of the side that takes on Conference premier Woking at Kingfield tonight will be what is considered something akin to a first team.

Assistant manager Paul Groves said: “There is a possibility one or two (trialists) may be around but we will perhaps go with a different group.

“Overall on Monday people can come away pleased. We saw some good positive aspects of players that came in, not knowing anybody and showing what they are capable of.

“It will be a difficult test at Woking, as Eastleigh showed us. They have a strong squad and we wouldn’t expect Woking to be any different.

“It will be a competitive game but one we will look forward to and one which will give us different types of problems, which is what you want to see in pre-season, and hopefully things to work on and improve on going forward.”

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