CRAWLEY goalkeeper Ashley Bayes prepared to face his old club in the FA Trophy quarter final and said: "It's the biggest game of the season for us."

Reds face Torquay on Saturday looking to take another step closer towards playing at the new Wembley.

The competition is now top of the priority list for boss Steve Evans after seeing his side's play-off hopes fade with back-to-back defeats against Forest Green and Ebbsfleet.

Bayes knows what it takes to lift the trophy having won it twice during his time at Grays.

He was the hero in the 2005 final after saving the crucial spot-kick in a penalty shoot-out against Hucknall Town and was man-of-the-match in a 2-0 win over Woking the following year.

Bayes, who played 120 games for Torquay in the mid-1990s, said: ìEver since our league game was called off last Sunday, we've been focussed on this match all week. It's the biggest game of the season for us.

"Torquay is a big club at our level, they're doing really well and for obvious reasons I'm looking forward to going back there.î Torquay manager Paul Buckle was playing for the Gulls during Bayes' spell at the club.

He is aiming to lead the Devon side back into the Football League following their relegation last season but is taking the competition seriously.

Buckle has no injury problems and is expected to name a full-strength line-up for the game.

Bayes, 35, said: ìBucks is doing a great job there and I've heard that the club has turned around. We've done okay too since the turn of the year.

"We've got a young team but this is a massive game for us and we'll be ready."

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