Match ends, Cambridge United 2, Crawley Town 1.
Jabo Ibehre's late goal earned Colin Calderwood his first win as Cambridge head coach as the U's beat Crawley 2-1.
The hosts had looked set to be frustrated until Ibehre turned the ball home from close range two minutes from time after substitute David Amoo's teasing wing-play down the right.
The visitors were gifted the lead after 16 minutes courtesy of a calamitous defensive mix-up between defenders Brad Halliday and Jake Carroll.
Halliday's header fell well short to allow Dominic Poleon to run through, round goalkeeper David Forde and pass into an empty net.
But Cambridge responded well and were level 11 minutes later through George Maris.
After Glenn Morris had made a fine save to deny Reggie Lambe, Halliday pulled back for Maris to fire emphatically into the far corner.
After the break, Morris clawed away a Harry Darling header following a Maris corner and Ibehre headed Jevani Brown's cross over the crossbar.
Brown then fired wide when Amoo's cross fell to him before Ibehre managed to come up with a winner.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 6DeeganBooked at 38mins
- 8O'NeilSubstituted forAmooat 72'minutes
- 19LambeSubstituted forTaftat 90+1'minutes
- 18MarisBooked at 32minsSubstituted forOsadebeat 83'minutes
- 5McNerneyBooked at 86mins
- 3DohertySubstituted forMaguireat 77'minutes
- 15Nathaniel-GeorgeSubstituted forBulmanat 62'minutesBooked at 80mins
- 11GambinSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 77'minutes
- Neil Hair
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Crawley Town 1.
Attempt missed. Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt saved. Dominic Poleon (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Foul by David Amoo (Cambridge United).
Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by George Taft (Cambridge United).
Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Substitution, Cambridge United. George Taft replaces Reggie Lambe.
Jevani Brown (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Josh Payne (Crawley Town).
Hand ball by Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town).
Goal! Cambridge United 2, Crawley Town 1. Jabo Ibehre (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Amoo with a cross.
Foul by Jabo Ibehre (Cambridge United).
Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
David Amoo (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).
Attempt missed. Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Cambridge United. Emmanuel Osadebe replaces George Maris because of an injury.