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Crawley Town 3-0 Grimsby Town

In-form Crawley made it seven wins in their past eight games with a convincing victory over struggling Grimsby.

Jimmy Smith's first-half penalty was added to by goals Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Enzio Boldewijn in the second half to move Harry Kewell's side four points off the play-offs.

The result increased the pressure on Mariners boss Russell Slade, whose team are winless in 12 matches, over which time they have scored only four goals.

Grimsby were put under pressure mid-way through the first half when Dutch striker Thomas Verheydt had a low shot saved by goalkeeper Ben Killip after skipper Smith's effort was parried.

Keeper Glenn Morris came to Crawley's rescue at the other end by smothering a goal-bound shot from Mallik Wilks.

Crawley broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time when Boldewijn was brought down by Luke Summerfield, and Smith stroked home his seventh goal of the season from the penalty spot.

The hosts came close to doubling their advantage shortly after the break when, from a pass by Ahearne-Grant, Boldewijn put a deflected shot just wide.

Crawley's second goal did, however, arrive in the 62nd minute as Ahearne- Grant, on loan from Charlton, scored his second goal in as many games with an unstoppable right-foot shot from the edge of the area.

Boldewijn sealed Crawley's comfortable win in the 69th minute by neatly chipping Killip from a deft pass by substitute Mark Randall.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Morris
  • 22Lelan
  • 6Connolly
  • 15YorwerthBooked at 39mins
  • 3Doherty
  • 2YoungSubstituted forRandallat 61'minutes
  • 21Bulman
  • 8SmithSubstituted forPayneat 72'minutes
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 9Ahearne-GrantSubstituted forSanohat 80'minutes
  • 23Verheydt

Substitutes

  • 4Payne
  • 5McNerney
  • 12Mersin
  • 19Evina
  • 20Tajbakhsh
  • 25Randall
  • 27Sanoh

Grimsby

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 30Killip
  • 12Mills
  • 14Osborne
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Dixon
  • 25Woolford
  • 19Summerfield
  • 7Berrett
  • 18WilksBooked at 10minsSubstituted forKellyat 45'minutes
  • 34VernamSubstituted forHooperat 70'minutes
  • 39Jackson

Substitutes

  • 9Hooper
  • 11Kelly
  • 16Suliman
  • 21Vernon
  • 29Matt
  • 31Hall-Johnson
  • 35Warrington
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
2,055

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamGrimsby
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 3, Grimsby Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 3, Grimsby Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Summerfield (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Mark Randall (Crawley Town).

  5. Post update

    Sam Kelly (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Simeon Jackson (Grimsby Town).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Josh Yorwerth.

  9. Post update

    Enzio Boldewijn (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by JJ Hooper (Grimsby Town).

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Thomas Verheydt (Crawley Town).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Doherty (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Moussa Sanoh replaces Karlan Ahearne-Grant.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Josh Payne (Crawley Town).

  15. Post update

    Luke Summerfield (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sam Kelly (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Martyn Woolford (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  18. Post update

    Thomas Verheydt (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Clarke (Grimsby Town).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Payne replaces Jimmy Smith.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton32197668313764
2Accrington31184955371858
3Wycombe31168760441656
4Notts County31159752341854
5Swindon32173124944554
6Mansfield311411646341253
7Exeter30164104135652
8Lincoln City311311743301350
9Coventry311551135251050
10Crawley32146123736148
11Colchester32121194338547
12Newport31121094138346
13Carlisle31119114342142
14Cheltenham32109134647-139
15Stevenage32109134145-439
16Cambridge31109122841-1339
17Grimsby3399152947-1836
18Yeovil3198144350-735
19Port Vale3297163546-1134
20Morecambe31710142941-1231
21Crewe3193193553-1830
22Forest Green3185183354-2129
23Chesterfield3176183155-2427
24Barnet3167183046-1625
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