Scott Neilson's second-half equaliser helped Crawley close the gap on the League Two promotion places to three points with a draw against Morecambe.

Crawley defender Kyle McFadzean hit the bar before Andrew Fleming's first-time shot into the roof of the net from 14 yards put the visitors ahead.

Danny Carlton missed a breakway chance to extend Morecambe's lead and was made to pay by Neilson's long-range drive.

Sanchez Watt came close to winning it for Crawley but shot wide.

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Crawley Town assistant Paul Raynor told BBC Sussex:

"All we can do is try to eradicate the errors (from the draw against Morecambe) and move forward.

"It's a crucial three points to be had. We saw Shrewsbury put in a very creditable performance at Swindon. They were the better side by far for long periods of the game.

"They play with a good tempo, are well organised and have an extremely good manager. But we're not so bad ourselves."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Crawley Town

  • 26 Gilmartin
  • 03 Howell
  • 04 Mills
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 28 Davis
  • 06 Akpan (Simpson - 76' )
  • 07 Clarke
  • 08 Torres (Akinde - 46' )
  • 15 Bulman
  • 10 Watt
  • 19 Hawley (Neilson - 46' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Kuipers
  • 11 Simpson
  • 22 Neilson
  • 17 Akinde
  • 21 Batt

Morecambe

  • 01 Roche
  • 02 Fenton
  • 15 McCready Booked
  • 19 Wilson
  • 22 Parrish
  • 17 Fleming
  • 18 McDonald
  • 08 Hunter (Reid - 84' )
  • 09 Alessandra (Burrow - 64' Booked )
  • 29 Price (Ellison - 59' )
  • 30 Carlton

Substitutes

  • 25 Kettings
  • 07 Reid
  • 11 Ellison
  • 16 Drummond
  • 14 Burrow
Ref: Adcock
Att: 2,184

Match Stats

Shots

20 7

On target

15 2

Corners

14 2

Fouls

5 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:19

Dean Howell delivers the ball, Gary McDonald makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:12

The ball is crossed by Dean Howell.

89:24

Foul by Kevin Ellison on Sanchez Watt, free kick awarded. Rene Gilmartin restarts play with the free kick.

88:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Pablo Mills on Danny Carlton. Free kick crossed left-footed by Laurence Wilson, Dean Howell manages to make a clearance.

87:55

Free kick taken by Rene Gilmartin.

87:55 Booking

Booking Jordan Burrow receives a yellow card.

87:51

Unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean by Jordan Burrow results in a free kick.

86:03

The official flags John Akinde offside. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Roche.

85:09

Josh Simpson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Roche.

84:05

Kevin Ellison crosses the ball, clearance made by Claude Davis.

83:17 Substitution

Substitution Izak Reid is brought on as a substitute for Garry Hunter.

81:36

Billy Clarke takes the direct free kick.

81:36 Booking

Booking Chris McCready is booked.

81:00

Billy Clarke fouled by Chris McCready, the ref awards a free kick.

79:55

Dean Howell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Barry Roche takes the free kick.

78:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Mills by Kevin Ellison. Rene Gilmartin takes the direct free kick.

78:31

Laurence Wilson sends in a cross, Danny Carlton takes a shot. Save by Rene Gilmartin.

77:24

Corner taken left-footed by Billy Clarke from the right by-line, clearance by Danny Carlton.

77:07

Corner taken by Billy Clarke from the right by-line.

76:48

Dean Howell sends in a cross, clearance by Nick Fenton. Volleyed right-footed shot by Kyle McFadzean. Blocked by Danny Carlton.

75:33 Substitution

Substitution Josh Simpson replaces Hope Akpan.

75:09

Centre by Billy Clarke, Shot by Scott Neilson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

74:31

Corner taken by Billy Clarke from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Gary McDonald.

73:52

Corner taken left-footed by Billy Clarke from the left by-line, Kyle McFadzean takes a shot. Chris McCready gets a block in.

73:41

Scott Neilson takes a shot. Chris McCready gets a block in.

73:17

A cross is delivered by Dean Howell.

72:54

Billy Clarke takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.

72:35

John Akinde takes a shot. Blocked by Chris McCready.

71:19

Billy Clarke has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

70:34

Scott Neilson crosses the ball.

68:24

Foul by Andrew Fleming on Sanchez Watt, free kick awarded. Dean Howell delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, save by Barry Roche.

67:16

Laurence Wilson sends in a cross.

65:40

Sanchez Watt has a drilled shot. Save by Barry Roche.

64:51

Corner from the right by-line taken by Billy Clarke, John Akinde takes a shot. Save made by Barry Roche.

63:52

Unfair challenge on John Akinde by Nick Fenton results in a free kick. Billy Clarke shoots direct from the free kick.

63:20 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Alessandra leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Burrow.

61:55

Sanchez Watt has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

60:48

Corner taken by Billy Clarke from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Garry Hunter.

60:33

The ball is swung over by Dean Howell.

58:36 Substitution

Substitution (Morecambe) makes a substitution, with Kevin Ellison coming on for Jason Price.

57:12

Sanchez Watt takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

56:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hope Akpan by Andrew Fleming. Dannie Bulman takes the free kick.

54:03

Lewis Alessandra takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

53:31

Dean Howell sends in a cross, Billy Clarke takes a shot. Comfortable save by Barry Roche.

51:14

The assistant referee flags for offside against John Akinde. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Roche.

50:16

Jason Price concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Clarke. Free kick crossed left-footed by Billy Clarke from right wing, save by Barry Roche.

48:36

Assist by Billy Clarke.

48:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Neilson - Crawley 1 - 1 Morecambe A goal is scored by Scott Neilson from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Crawley Town 1-1 Morecambe.

48:10

Corner taken left-footed by Billy Clarke from the left by-line, save by Barry Roche.

47:32

Corner from the left by-line taken by Billy Clarke, Scott Neilson takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche.

47:23

Centre by Kyle McFadzean, Andy Parrish manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Crawley Town) makes a substitution, with John Akinde coming on for Sergio Torres.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Scott Neilson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Karl Hawley.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:01

Billy Clarke delivers the ball, clearance by Andy Parrish.

44:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sanchez Watt on Lewis Alessandra. Laurence Wilson takes the free kick.

44:38

Sanchez Watt crosses the ball, Gary McDonald gets a block in.

43:01

Garry Hunter challenges Sergio Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Billy Clarke produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. The ball is crossed by Karl Hawley, clearance made by Gary McDonald.

38:53

Corner taken by Laurence Wilson from the left by-line.

38:32

Foul by Dannie Bulman on Lewis Alessandra, free kick awarded. Lewis Alessandra restarts play with the free kick.

38:15

Billy Clarke takes the outswinging corner, Andy Parrish makes a clearance.

38:05

A cross is delivered by Dean Howell, Garry Hunter manages to make a clearance.

36:26

Foul by Chris McCready on Billy Clarke, free kick awarded. Pablo Mills takes the free kick.

34:18

Jason Price gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hope Akpan. Free kick taken by Pablo Mills.

33:53

Laurence Wilson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

32:46

Andrew Fleming challenges Karl Hawley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Howell.

29:41

Billy Clarke takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Barry Roche makes a save.

29:09

Danny Carlton has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

28:15

Jason Price gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Claude Davis. Direct free kick taken by Rene Gilmartin. The official flags Karl Hawley offside. Free kick taken by Barry Roche.

26:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Alessandra on Hope Akpan. Pablo Mills takes the free kick.

25:40

Billy Clarke crosses the ball, Laurence Wilson manages to make a clearance.

24:35

Dean Howell delivers the ball.

24:13

Billy Clarke takes a short corner, Centre by Hope Akpan, Nick Fenton manages to make a clearance.

23:18

Corner taken left-footed by Billy Clarke from the right by-line, comfortable save by Barry Roche.

23:09

Dean Howell takes a shot. Andrew Fleming gets a block in.

21:34

Karl Hawley is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Barry Roche.

20:10

Laurence Wilson provided the assist for the goal.

20:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Andrew Fleming - Crawley 0 - 1 Morecambe Andrew Fleming fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Crawley Town 0-1 Morecambe.

20:03

Laurence Wilson crosses the ball, clearance made by Claude Davis.

19:40

Laurence Wilson produces a cross, Claude Davis makes a clearance.

16:06

Outswinging corner taken by Billy Clarke.

15:52

Kyle McFadzean takes a shot. Fantastic save by Barry Roche.

15:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Clarke by Andy Parrish. Billy Clarke takes the direct free kick.

14:01

The ball is sent over by Kyle McFadzean, save by Barry Roche.

13:19

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Billy Clarke, Nick Fenton makes a clearance.

13:08

The ball is swung over by Karl Hawley, Nick Fenton makes a clearance.

11:39

Sanchez Watt challenges Laurence Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Barry Roche.

11:25

The ball is sent over by Billy Clarke, Andy Parrish manages to make a clearance.

10:27

Andrew Fleming takes the inswinging corner, Pablo Mills manages to make a clearance.

8:55

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Save by Barry Roche.

7:33

Centre by Dannie Bulman.

4:45

Sanchez Watt sends in a cross, Karl Hawley takes a shot. Blocked by Nick Fenton.

2:39

Danny Carlton fouled by Pablo Mills, the ref awards a free kick. Laurence Wilson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

2:10

The offside flag is raised against Karl Hawley. Free kick taken by Barry Roche.

1:21

Gary McDonald produces a cross, Andrew Fleming produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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