Clarke’s return ‘50-50’ for Port Vale clash as Crawley look to extend unbeaten run

Crawley V Gillingham - Billy Clarke scores the winner (Pic by Jon Rigby)
Crawley V Gillingham - Billy Clarke scores the winner (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Reds top scorer Billy Clarke is rated as ‘50-50’ to make a return to the team tonight for Crawley Town’s home game against Port Vale.

Clarke had missed the last two matches with a knee injury but is now back in training.

Crawley, who are placed eighth in League One, have the chance to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches with the visit of former Brighton & Hove boss Micky Adams, for whom Reds manager Richie Barker played when he was an Albion player.

Barker said: “They will be hard-working. In the short period I was at Brighton you had to work blooming hard. If you didn’t you were left out and somebody else would take your place. They will be equally hard-working and will be extremely organised too and come with the same attitude as Bradford so it is going to be another tough game.

“Our next four of five games are real tough ones but we are on a good run at the moment and are keen to keep that going.”

Right back James Hurst will be available having served his one-match suspension for being sent-off against Newport County but captain Josh Simpson is likely to continue in the position.