Francis Vines welcomes former Crawley Town stars Allan Tait and Ben Judge to the Haven Centre

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Crawley Down Gatwick manager Francis Vines wants to begin a new unbeaten run after gaining his first point since taking charge.

He brought in no fewer than seven new signings including two from his Crawley Town days in the form of Allan Tait and Steve Sargent.

They combined with other newboys Bacari Sinclair-Smith, Luke Badiali, Colin Harrison, Marcus Milner and Charlie Slocombe who has returned to the club to force a 1-1 draw away to Hythe Town.

Vines said: “They will bring maturity and know-how to the side. We are not the finished article as we had two make-shift centre-halves but you can see how well they’ve done and I’m extremely happy. Some I have seen, some are players where I have taken the word of people whose judgement I trust.

“I was told we have had only one win in 15 games. We have got a serious amount of work to do by me and the players but wouldn’t it be good if we could change that statistic to only one defeat in 15 games!”

This Saturday should also see the return of to the Crawley area of former Crawley Town favourite Ben Judge who plays for the Anvils’ third-placed visitors Hastings Utd.

Vines said: “He was a great player and very consistent and is still playing very well at 36.”