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Colchester United 3-1 Crawley Town

Colchester claimed a first-ever win over Crawley with a deserved victory at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The U's took a ninth-minute lead when Sammie Szmodics superbly volleyed home from Ryan Jackson's cross.

And Colchester went further ahead five minutes later when Jackson slammed the ball past goalkeeper Glenn Morris after excellent play by Szmodics had set him up.

The home side made it 3-0 seven minutes before half-time through Mikael Mandron, who nodded in from two yards after Frankie Kent had headed Brandon Comley's cross back across goal.

Tom Eastman and Ryan Inniss combined to clear Panutche Camara's shot off the line before the break, while Crawley squandered the chance to get back into the game in the 52nd minute when Walker saved Mark Randall's penalty after debutant Inniss had fouled Josh Yorwerth in the area.

Jimmy Smith poked home from a corner in a crowded area midway through the second half to give Crawley hope and Walker denied Smith late on, but it was Colchester's day.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1WalkerBooked at 67mins
  • 18Eastman
  • 6KentSubstituted forJamesat 45'minutes
  • 26Inniss
  • 2Jackson
  • 4LapslieBooked at 90mins
  • 14Comley
  • 3KinsellaBooked at 21minsSubstituted forVincent-Youngat 57'minutes
  • 10Szmodics
  • 19Mandron
  • 15KabambaSubstituted forWrightat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Wright
  • 21Hanlan
  • 22Vincent-Young
  • 23O'Sullivan
  • 27Odelusi
  • 29Gilmartin
  • 35James

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 2Young
  • 22Lelan
  • 15Yorwerth
  • 19EvinaSubstituted forMeiteat 45'minutes
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 25RandallSubstituted forDohertyat 64'minutes
  • 21Bulman
  • 10CoxBooked at 23mins
  • 8Smith
  • 28CamaraSubstituted forLewisat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Doherty
  • 5McNerney
  • 12Mersin
  • 17Djaló
  • 20Tajbakhsh
  • 24Lewis
  • 26Meite
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
2,923

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 3, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 3, Crawley Town 1.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Josh Doherty.

Foul by Mikael Mandron (Colchester United).

Josh Lelan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Drey Wright (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Dennon Lewis (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Sanmi Odelusi (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town).

Foul by Ibrahim Meite (Crawley Town).

Tom Eastman (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Josh Lelan (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Sam Walker.

Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town).

Drey Wright (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Doherty (Crawley Town).

Ryan Jackson (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Drey Wright replaces Nicke Kabamba.

Attempt missed. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Sam Walker (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 3, Crawley Town 1. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Dean Cox following a corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Sanmi Odelusi.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Doherty replaces Mark Randall.

Attempt missed. Ryan Inniss (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Josh Yorwerth.

Attempt saved. Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Glenn Morris.

Attempt saved. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Ibrahim Meite (Crawley Town).

Sanmi Odelusi (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Inniss (Colchester United).

Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Mikael Mandron (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter6510115616
2Accrington6411148613
3Notts County6411117413
4Crewe6321105511
5Stevenage6321107311
6Wycombe63211311211
7Barnet6312106410
8Coventry631263310
9Swindon631289-110
10Mansfield623112849
11Lincoln City62319639
12Newport62319639
13Luton622213858
14Colchester6213101007
15Cambridge621346-27
16Carlisle6213811-37
17Yeovil62131016-67
18Crawley620478-16
19Grimsby6204813-56
20Morecambe612347-35
21Cheltenham6114510-54
22Forest Green6114918-94
23Chesterfield6114514-94
24Port Vale610559-43
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