Crawley Town ended their pre-season programme with defeat to National League opposition in their last outing before facing Carlisle United.

A goal from ex-Blues frontman Ashley Nadesan was not enough to prevent Kevin Betsy's side falling to a 3-2 reverse against Aldershot Town.

It was the final warm-up game for the Sussex side ahead of the League Two opener at Brunton Park on Saturday.

After Jaden Harris gave Shots a first-minute lead, Nadesan brought Crawley level with a 27th-minute strike.

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A trialist then shot Crawley in front early in the second half, but Inih Effiong quickly levelled for the hosts before ex-Barrow striker Harry Panayiotou grabbed a late Aldershot winner.

There were no goals for Crawley's major summer signing, Dom Telford, who joined the Red Devils after top-scoring in League Two for Newport County last season.

The game came soon after Crawley bolstered their squad with four new players, as trialists Moe Shubbar, Ben Wells, Brandon Mason and Jayden Davis all signed.

Earlier summer signings are Spurs defender Tobi Omole, goalkeeper Corey Addai, Swindon midfielder Dion Conroy, Crewe defender Travis Johnson and Liverpool loan midfielder James Balagizi. 

The club are under the management of former Wycombe winger and ex-England youth and Arsenal Under-23 coach Betsy after he replaced John Yems at the helm.

They are also under the ownership of cryptocurrency group WAGMI United, who bought the club earlier this year and have said they want to take Crawley to the Premier League.

Their pre-season games started with a 1-0 win at Eastbourne Borough where Kwesi Appiah got the only goal.

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Next they came from 3-0 down to earn a 3-3 draw with QPR in front of a 2,674 home crowd.

James Tilley, Tom Nichols and Manny Adebowale got the goals in a spirited fightback from Betsy's side.

Non-league outfit East Grinstead Town were then beaten 9-0 by Crawley, with trialists claiming all the goals.

They then beat another part-time outfit in Three Bridges 5-0, James Tilley, Appiah, Aramide Oteh and two from Nadesan doing the damage.

Betsy then took his side to Heart of Midlothian and earned a 2-2 draw at Tynecastle.

Again, they came from behind as Telford grabbed both goals after Crawley had trailed 2-0 to the Scottish Premiership side at the break.

A 3-2 win over Charlton's Under-23s came next, as Jack Powell and two trialists found the net.

Crawley also spent several days in Murcia for a training camp early in pre-season.

They are hoping to improve on last season's 12th-placed finish, when they finished eight points above Carlisle.

Co-chairman Preston Johnson said a £1,200 prize has been put up for fans who help scout the Blues ahead of Saturday's game. 

Speaking in the Sussex Express, he said it was part of initiatives to bring fans closer to the club.

“There will be a £1,200 prize for what we think is the best scouting report for Carlisle. We wanted to play dumb and act like we don’t know anything about Carlisle," he said.

"We want to open it up for competition and potentially make it a regular thing going forward”.

Crawley are running other initiatives involving season-ticket holders and NFT holders.