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Colchester United 3-1 Crawley Town

Colchester boosted their promotion hopes with a home win over Crawley to keep them in the top seven.

John McGreal's side made it three victories on the bounce at home after Luke Norris netted his eighth of the season late on against 10-man Crawley.

Sammie Szmodics had opened the scoring after converting at the far post from a Courtney Senior cross.

Crawley striker Ollie Palmer's header was saved at point-blank range by keeper Rene Gilmartin, before at the other end Glenn Morris denied both Norris and Tom Eastman.

The visitors equalised five minutes before half-time through Filipe Morais, who scored from the spot after Luke Prosser had tripped Luke Gambin in the area.

But Colchester restored their lead thanks to Frank Nouble's excellent finish, after Norris had done superbly to set him up, and they could have been further ahead but for Joe Maguire heading wide.

Prosser denied Palmer on the line before Szmodics saw a shot pushed away as both teams sought a fourth goal in the game, but it was Colchester who put the game to bed through Norris in the 90th minute.

Crawley defender Bondz N'Gala was shown a straight red card deep into stoppage-time for kicking out at Norris, as United took another three points at home.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Colchester

  • 25Gilmartin
  • 2Jackson
  • 18EastmanBooked at 40mins
  • 5Prosser
  • 22Vincent-YoungBooked at 76minsSubstituted forDickensonat 77'minutes
  • 7SeniorSubstituted forKentat 70'minutes
  • 4Lapslie
  • 8PellSubstituted forWrightat 79'minutes
  • 45Nouble
  • 10SzmodicsBooked at 34mins
  • 9Norris

Substitutes

  • 1Barnes
  • 6Kent
  • 11Dickenson
  • 16Wright
  • 19Mandron
  • 35Kensdale
  • 39Collins

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 2Young
  • 6ConnollyBooked at 45mins
  • 33N'GalaBooked at 90mins
  • 16Maguire
  • 14Francomb
  • 4PayneBooked at 59minsSubstituted forMcNerneyat 85'minutes
  • 22MoraisBooked at 43mins
  • 11GambinSubstituted forCamaraat 64'minutes
  • 9Palmer
  • 10PoleonSubstituted forAllarakhiaat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McNerney
  • 12Mersin
  • 20Vincelot
  • 21Bulman
  • 27Allarakhia
  • 28Camara
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
3,208

Match Stats

Home TeamColchesterAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home19
Away12
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Colchester United 3, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

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

Dismissal

Bondz N'Gala (Crawley Town) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

Attempt blocked. Luke Norris (Colchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Bondz N'Gala.

Goal!

Goal! Colchester United 3, Crawley Town 1. Luke Norris (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sammie Szmodics.

Attempt missed. Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. George Francomb (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Joe McNerney replaces Josh Payne.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Norris.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Tom Lapslie.

Attempt blocked. Filipe Morais (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Josh Payne (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United).

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Glenn Morris.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Diaz Wright replaces Harry Pell.

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Colchester United).

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Brennan Dickenson replaces Kane Vincent-Young.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Tarryn Allarakhia replaces Dominic Poleon.

Booking

Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kane Vincent-Young (Colchester United).

Foul by Filipe Morais (Crawley Town).

Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Josh Payne (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Frankie Kent (Colchester United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Mark Connolly.

Attempt blocked. Luke Norris (Colchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Frankie Kent replaces Courtney Senior.

Attempt saved. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Joe Maguire (Crawley Town) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Tom Eastman (Colchester United) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Panutche Camara replaces Luke Gambin.

Foul by Filipe Morais (Crawley Town).

Harry Pell (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Dominic Poleon (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City13101227101731
2Exeter1383224121227
3Newport138322020027
4MK Dons13661168824
5Tranmere136521712523
6Colchester1364328151322
7Stevenage136341613321
8Forest Green134811912720
9Bury135441915419
10Crawley136161818019
11Carlisle136161315-219
12Oldham124531612417
13Swindon134541718-117
14Mansfield11371169716
15Yeovil124442015516
16Port Vale134271319-614
17Morecambe134181425-1113
18Crewe123361213-112
19Northampton132651119-812
20Notts County123361626-1012
21Grimsby12327918-911
22Cheltenham12237918-99
23Cambridge132291126-158
24Macclesfield130491124-134
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