ASH BASHED MY GOAL CHANCES!

I had to be keeper, says Craw­ley’s Lewis

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Richards

CRAW­LEY winger Lewis Young is still search­ing for his first goal in se­nior foot­ball – and blames big brother Ash­ley’s in­sis­tence that he donned the goal­keep­ing gloves in their gar­den for his profli­gacy.

Lewis is the third of four broth­ers and was al­ways made to keep goal at their par­ents’ house, be it in the living room – much to mum Sharon’s an­noy­ance – or the gar­den of their Steve­nage home.

The youngest, Kyle, was once on the books at Ar­se­nal but had to hang up his boots due to arthri­tis, el­dest Martin “was the most tal­ented of the lot, but never got his break”, while, at the other end of the spec­trum, Ash­ley has re­dis­cov­ered his best form with Manch­ester United this sea­son.

De­spite their ca­reers hav­ing taken very dif­fer­ent paths, the four re­main close.

Sup­port­ive

Ash­ley, 29, was one of 2,520 in at­ten­dance at Broad­field Sta­dium on Easter Mon­day as Lewis’ Craw­ley beat Old­ham 2-0 to boost their League One sur­vival prospects.

And the 25-year-old says he val­ues the re­la­tion­ship the four have.

“We’re all re­ally sup­port­ive of each other and if we can get to each other’s games, we will,” said Lewis, who holds an an­nual goalscor­ing com­pe­ti­tion with Ash­ley that he is yet to win.

“Ash­ley came to see me and Kyle’s play­ing Sun­day League now. I’ve been to see a cou­ple of his games be­cause he says he’s still good to watch, but I beg to dif­fer!

“We’re al­ways on the phone to each other, we all love our foot­ball.

“We would play con­stantly grow­ing up, in­doors and out­doors, we would break vases in the lounge and things like that.

“When I go back to mum and dad’s now you can still see the marks on the grass in the gar­den that I made when I was in goal.

“I al­ways had to go in goal, be­cause there was no way any of them were go­ing to. All that time in goal prob­a­bly af­fected my fin­ish­ing!”

Like Ash­ley, Lewis started his ca­reer at Wat­ford. He’s since played for Bur­ton, Northamp­ton, Yeovil, Alder­shot and Bury, plus loan spells at Here­ford and For­est Green.

He’s notched up more than 140 se­nior ap­pear­ances, though al­most half have come from off the bench.

If Lewis could break his duck in the closing weeks of the sea­son, it could help Craw­ley se­cure their League One sta­tus for an­other sea­son.

Manager Dean Saun­ders has led a re­vival of sorts that has seen the Red Devils battle back to join a pack of clubs bat­tling to avoid the drop into the base­ment.

Bril­liant

Four points over the Easter week­end meant Craw­ley had lost just one of their six fix­tures that pre­ceded yes­ter­day’s trip to fel­low bat­tlers Scun­thorpe.

“We had to do a lot of soul search­ing af­ter Christ­mas,” he said.

“And the re­sults have picked up re­cently. We took four points over Easter, which is bril­liant.

“There are so many other teams in­volved down there, but we can only do what we can do, worry about what we can af­fect and hope things go for us else­where.

“We have four cup fi­nals left to play now and our tar­get is to go un­beaten for the rest of the sea­son.

“That’s what we have dis­cussed, we think it’s achiev­able and that should be enough to keep us safe.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

GO­ING CLOSE: Lewis Young shoots for Craw­ley. In­sets: Brother Ash­ley in ac­tion for Manch­ester United and the four broth­ers to­gether

REN­O­VA­TIONS: Lee Clark

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