League Two
Crawley3Lincoln City1

Crawley Town 3-1 Lincoln City

Crawley recorded five successive home wins for the first time in the English Football League with a deserved 3-1 victory over fellow play-off hopefuls Lincoln.

After Matt Green had cancelled out Jimmy Smith's early opener, Josh Payne and Mark Connolly scored to take Town to within two points of the League Two play-off positions.

Lincoln had boss Danny Cowley sent to the stands as they tumbled to their first defeat since New Year's Day.

Enzio Boldewijn had a deflected shot flash across the face of the goal before Crawley broke the deadlock in the 15th minute.

Defender Lewis Young cut inside to smash a tremendous shot against the crossbar and skipper Smith was on hand to tap in the rebound from close range.

Lincoln had a let off in the 28th minute when, from a cross by Karlan Ahearne-Grant, Boldewijn blazed wastefully over at the far post.

Boldewijn later set up Ahearne-Grant in front of goal, but his low shot was saved by keeper Ryan Allsop with his legs.

As the players came in for the half-time interval, Cowley was sent to the stands by referee Trevor Kettle following an altercation with Smith.

Tom Pett volleyed against the bar before Lincoln levelled seven minutes after the interval when leading scorer Green struck.

But Crawley hit back to restore their lead when Scott Wharton pulled Boldewijn in the area and Payne calmly stroked home the resulting penalty in the 67th minute.

Defender Connolly sealed a fine victory five minutes later, forcing the ball home at the far post from a free-kick by substitute Jordan Roberts.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 2Young
  • 6Connolly
  • 15YorwerthBooked at 85mins
  • 3Doherty
  • 8Smith
  • 4PayneBooked at 48minsSubstituted forBulmanat 83'minutes
  • 25RandallBooked at 86minsSubstituted forTajbakhshat 87'minutes
  • 7Boldewijn
  • 23VerheydtSubstituted forRobertsat 46'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 9Ahearne-Grant

Substitutes

  • 5McNerney
  • 11Roberts
  • 12Mersin
  • 19Evina
  • 20Tajbakhsh
  • 21Bulman
  • 22Lelan

Lincoln City

  • 22Allsop
  • 23Eardley
  • 5WaterfallBooked at 45mins
  • 6WhartonBooked at 67minsSubstituted forWhitehouseat 78'minutes
  • 3HaberghamBooked at 90mins
  • 26Anderson
  • 16Bostwick
  • 30Woodyard
  • 7Pett
  • 9RheadSubstituted forWilliamsat 75'minutes
  • 10GreenBooked at 18minsSubstituted forPalmerat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Farman
  • 2Long
  • 4Whitehouse
  • 8Palmer
  • 12Chapman
  • 14Williams
  • 32Stewart
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
2,809

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 3, Lincoln City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 3, Lincoln City 1.

Attempt missed. Tom Pett (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Crawley Town).

Neal Eardley (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Alex Woodyard (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Alex Woodyard (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Aryan Taj replaces Mark Randall.

Booking

Mark Randall (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Randall (Crawley Town).

Elliott Whitehouse (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Sam Habergham (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Dannie Bulman replaces Josh Payne.

Attempt saved. Tom Pett (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Mark Randall (Crawley Town).

Alex Woodyard (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Josh Yorwerth.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Elliott Whitehouse replaces Scott Wharton.

Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Wharton (Lincoln City).

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Ollie Palmer replaces Matt Green.

Substitution

Substitution, Lincoln City. Jordan Williams replaces Matt Rhead.

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town).

Tom Pett (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 3, Lincoln City 1. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Roberts following a set piece situation.

Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Wharton (Lincoln City).

Booking

Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 2, Lincoln City 1. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Crawley Town. Enzio Boldewijn draws a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Scott Wharton (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Scott Wharton (Lincoln City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Wharton (Lincoln City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton33207672324067
2Wycombe33188765461962
3Accrington33195957381962
4Mansfield331611652341859
5Notts County331610754351958
6Swindon34183135449557
7Lincoln City331411845331253
8Exeter31164114136552
9Crawley34156134141051
10Coventry32155123627950
11Colchester341311104540550
12Newport331211104143-247
13Carlisle33129124644245
14Cambridge33129123444-1045
15Stevenage34119144649-342
16Cheltenham34109154650-439
17Yeovil33108154654-838
18Grimsby3499163050-2036
19Port Vale3397173749-1234
20Crewe33103203654-1833
21Forest Green3396183756-1933
22Morecambe32711143042-1232
23Chesterfield3376203360-2727
24Barnet3368193149-1826
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