Crawley Town lost 2-0 to Championship side Millwall on Saturday in another pre-season fixture, but they will feel hard done by.
The Reds kicked off their third pre-season game on Saturday 13th July to a well stocked Millwall side who visited them at the Broadfield stadium.
However the squad which faced Millwall were made up of seven under-21 players many of whom have come from the Crawley youth academy.
Teenage goalkeeper Jonathan Maddison who signed a one-year-deal with the Reds after joining initially on loan from Premier League side Sunderland pulled off a whole string of impressive saves worthy of keeping Town's first choice keeper Paul Jones on guard.
Bermudan international and academy product Jonte Smith looked very lively in the first opening 10 minutes as a sweltering afternoon at the Broadfield stadium got under way.
However it was the Lions who took the lead first with a 14th minute cross being tucked neatly away by Jermaine Easter. Paul Jones could only watch helplessly.
On the half-hour mark young Reds striker Jonte Smith was replaced by Billy Clarke after Smith appeared to pick up a knock.
Crawley walked out literally a changed team for the second half - with five substitutions being made during the break. A much more youthful team faced Millwall in the second half. Dannie Bulman, Jamie Proctor, Jordan Adekunle and academy duo Alex Malins and Bradley Issacs came on for the second half.
Proctor was shown the light by a perfectly weighted through ball by Town veteran Bulman but the striker was left clutching his head in dismay as he fired high and wide.
Just as the hour mark came, Reds' manager Richie Barker freshened things up with Jonathan Maddison coming into goal; being tested almost immediately as he pulled off a point blank save from John Marquis' shot.
The heat was playing its' toll on the game due to the lack of pace in the second half. But Millwall managed to find room for a second.
73 minutes marked another cross and another goal for the Lions after a roaring header by Danny N'Guesan found its way past the alert Maddison.
Crawley's chances were there with many falling to the feet of irish-man Clarke. But the Reds failed to take any of them.
A young and lacking-experience side with only a few regulars to aid with experience fared well in the searing heat as the west Sussex side's third pre-season fixture came to a close.
Crawley's next pre-season fixture is against the team which knocked them out of the Sussex Senior Cup. Whitehawk host Crawley on Wednesday 17th July, kick off 7:45pm.
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