ASH BASHED MY GOAL CHANCES!
I had to be keeper, says Crawley’s Lewis
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.
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.
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.”
GOING CLOSE: Lewis Young shoots for Crawley. Insets: Brother Ashley in action for Manchester United and the four brothers together
RENOVATIONS: Lee Clark