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Colchester United 2-3 Crawley Town

Jimmy Smith struck a fine hat-trick as Crawley secured a 3-2 win at in-form Colchester and inflicted upon the hosts their first home defeat since November.

Colchester almost took a fifth-minute lead when Denny Johnstone and Kurtis Guthrie were both denied by keeper Glenn Morris.

The Us did go ahead in the 18th minute through Johnstone, who fired past Morris after Brennan Dickenson's cross had not been properly cleared.

But Colchester's lead lasted only five minutes as skipper Smith headed home Dean Cox's corner from close range.

And the Reds went ahead 11 minutes before half-time when Smith sent a superb first-time shot into the top corner past Colchester keeper Sam Walker after Enzio Boldewijn had laid Kaby Djalo's cross-field pass into his path.

Crawley went in at the break ahead and Smith completed his hat-trick seven minutes after the interval when he fired in a long-range shot that crept past Walker.

Dickenson curled home a fine free-kick in stoppage-time to give the U's hope but Crawley held out.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 14Wynter
  • 15Elokobi
  • 3Briggs
  • 2BrindleySubstituted forVincent-Youngat 70'minutes
  • 4Lapslie
  • 31Fosu-HenrySubstituted forEdgeat 84'minutes
  • 22GarvanSubstituted forPykeat 77'minutes
  • 11Dickenson
  • 28Guthrie
  • 17Johnstone

Substitutes

  • 12Vincent-Young
  • 24Slater
  • 25Barnes
  • 27Pyke
  • 35James
  • 39Edge
  • 40Peter

Crawley

  • 12Morris
  • 2Young
  • 25Lelan
  • 6Connolly
  • 11Roberts
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 8SmithSubstituted forPayneat 88'minutes
  • 24Djaló
  • 44Henderson
  • 28CoxSubstituted forBawlingat 75'minutes
  • 19Collins

Substitutes

  • 4Payne
  • 13Mersin
  • 14Blackman
  • 15Yorwerth
  • 17Bawling
  • 18Clifford
  • 39Murphy
Referee:
Lee Collins
Attendance:
2,675

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home6
Away3
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 2, Crawley Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Colchester United 2, Crawley Town 3.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United).

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

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 2, Crawley Town 3. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Lelan (Crawley Town).

Foul by George Elokobi (Colchester United).

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Enzio Boldewijn.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Payne replaces Jimmy Smith.

Alex Wynter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Collins (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Charley Edge replaces Tarique Fosu-Henry.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Lewis Young.

George Elokobi (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Rekeil Pyke replaces Owen Garvan.

Attempt missed. Matthew Briggs (Colchester United) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Bobson Bawling replaces Dean Cox.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Kane Vincent-Young replaces Richard Brindley.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Attempt saved. Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tom Lapslie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town).

Owen Garvan (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Collins (Crawley Town).

Owen Garvan (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

Alex Wynter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Collins (Crawley Town).

Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Lelan (Crawley Town).

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 1, Crawley Town 3. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Young.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Richard Brindley.

Foul by Brennan Dickenson (Colchester United).

Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Foul by Richard Brindley (Colchester United).

Dean Cox (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster31196660372363
2Plymouth30193850331760
3Carlisle311413454441055
4Luton311410747291852
5Portsmouth30156944281651
6Exeter311541250341649
7Mansfield31121184134747
8Wycombe30137103837146
9Stevenage31143144948145
10Colchester30128104639744
11Barnet31111194042-244
12Blackpool301011943311241
13Grimsby31118123639-341
14Cambridge30117123735240
15Crawley30116133746-939
16Yeovil31911113338-538
17Morecambe29115133645-938
18Crewe31811123344-1135
19Hartlepool31710143755-1831
20Accrington2979133041-1130
21Notts County3186173456-2230
22Cheltenham31611143446-1229
23Leyton Orient3185183347-1429
24Newport30510153347-1425
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