A stoppage-time winner from Nicky Adams helped Crawley to a dramatic last-gasp victory over his former club Bury.

Crawley had been two goals to the good, after Adams turned home a Mike Jones delivery and Hope Akpan rifled a low drive into the bottom corner.

However, Bury fought back and drew level through headers from both Tom Hopper and Andy Bishop.

But the comeback was in vain as Adams's attempted cross looped over Trevor Carson to secure three points.

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Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"I'm sure it was entertaining, although not particularly great for the fans, but entertaining on a difficult pitch.

"It was a good three points and for 70% of the time, a good performance.

"At this level if you take your foot off the pedal for 30% of the game you're going to get punished, because you're playing against good players every week and that what nearly happened."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 12 Walsh
  • 19 Byrne
  • 06 Akpan
  • 11 Simpson
  • 16 Adams
  • 21 Jones (Torres - 72' )
  • 09 Alexander
  • 14 Ajose (Forte - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Kuipers
  • 04 Connolly
  • 13 Hunt
  • 07 Clarke
  • 08 Torres
  • 15 Bulman
  • 10 Forte

Bury

  • 01 Carson
  • 03 Skarz
  • 05 Lockwood
  • 17 Hughes
  • 31 Doherty
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 11 Marshall (Jones - 64' )
  • 13 Carrington
  • 10 Bishop
  • 19 Cullen (Worrall - 23' )
  • 28 Hopper

Substitutes

  • 30 Belford
  • 16 Sodje
  • 04 Byrne
  • 06 Sweeney
  • 07 Worrall
  • 09 Jones
  • 21 Jones
Ref: Langford
Att: 3,300

Match Stats

Shots

16 10

On target

9 7

Corners

4 7

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:49 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:21

Assist by Kyle McFadzean.

90:00 +3:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Adams - Crawley 3 - 2 Bury Nicky Adams fires in a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Crawley Town 3-2 Bury.

90:00 +2:33

Kyle McFadzean takes a shot. Matt Doherty gets a block in. Corner taken by Nicky Adams from the left by-line, clearance made by David Worrall.

90:00 +1:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Schumacher on Josh Simpson. Nicky Adams restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:27

Effort from inside the area by Gary Alexander misses to the left of the goal.

88:18

The referee blows for offside. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

87:32

Craig Jones takes a shot. Trevor Carson makes a save. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher, save by Paul Jones.

86:57

Andy Bishop takes a shot. Paul Jones makes a save.

85:56

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Mark Hughes gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams from the right by-line, save by Trevor Carson.

85:27

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

84:45

Unfair challenge on Mark Hughes by Gary Alexander results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Trevor Carson.

82:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hope Akpan by Mark Carrington. Kyle McFadzean takes the direct free kick.

82:28

Close range headed effort by Sergio Torres misses to the right of the goal.

81:01

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joe Skarz, Headed effort from inside the area by Tom Hopper misses to the left of the goal.

80:01

Unfair challenge on Nathan Byrne by David Worrall results in a free kick. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

79:32

Josh Simpson takes a shot. Save made by Trevor Carson.

78:18

Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams, Steven Schumacher manages to make a clearance.

77:50

Tom Hopper has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

77:05

Josh Simpson takes a shot.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Sergio Torres comes on in place of Mike Jones.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Nick Ajose leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathan Forte.

71:15

Inswinging corner taken by Joe Skarz.

70:13

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher from the right by-line, clearance made by Joe Walsh.

68:36

The assist for the goal came from Craig Jones.

68:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Andy Bishop - Crawley 2 - 2 Bury Andy Bishop finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Crawley Town 2-2 Bury.

65:24

Assist on the goal came from Andy Bishop.

65:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Hopper - Crawley 2 - 1 Bury Tom Hopper finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Crawley Town 2-1 Bury.

63:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Byrne by Andy Bishop. Kyle McFadzean takes the free kick.

63:26 Substitution

Substitution Craig Jones on for Marcus Marshall.

61:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Adams on Joe Skarz. Free kick taken by Joe Skarz.

60:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle McFadzean by Andy Bishop. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

58:25

Josh Simpson challenges Mark Carrington unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Hughes takes the indirect free kick.

57:24

Hope Akpan concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Hopper. Steven Schumacher takes the free kick.

56:09

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher.

55:20

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Byrne on David Worrall. Steven Schumacher crosses the ball in from the free kick.

54:02

Corner from the left by-line taken by Steven Schumacher, Mike Jones makes a clearance.

52:55

Nicky Adams provided the assist for the goal.

52:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Hope Akpan - Crawley 2 - 0 Bury Hope Akpan fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Crawley Town 2-0 Bury.

52:06

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Steven Schumacher, clearance by Mike Jones.

49:56

Andy Bishop takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

48:32

Andy Bishop takes a shot.

46:50

The referee blows for offside. Trevor Carson restarts play with the free kick.

45:56

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Jones.

45:25

Foul by Kyle McFadzean on Andy Bishop, free kick awarded. Steven Schumacher takes the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

45:00 +0:12

The offside flag is raised against Andy Bishop. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

44:58

Mark Carrington takes a shot. Kyle McFadzean gets a block in.

42:31

Assist by Mike Jones.

42:31 Goal scored

Goal! - Nicky Adams - Crawley 1 - 0 Bury Nicky Adams finds the back of the net with a goal from close range to the top left corner of the goal. Crawley Town 1-0 Bury.

39:25

Gary Alexander fouled by Joe Skarz, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kyle McFadzean.

38:21

Joe Walsh concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Hopper. Steven Schumacher takes the free kick.

36:39

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Bishop. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

36:21

David Worrall takes a shot. Blocked by Josh Simpson.

36:02

Gary Alexander takes a shot. Save by Trevor Carson.

34:09

The referee blows for offside. Trevor Carson takes the indirect free kick.

32:55

Nick Ajose challenges Steven Schumacher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Trevor Carson takes the free kick.

31:22

Joe Walsh challenges Andy Bishop unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Schumacher takes the direct free kick.

30:41

Foul by Tom Hopper on Nicky Adams, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Walsh.

29:37

Unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Matt Doherty results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mat Sadler.

29:03

Tom Hopper is ruled offside. Paul Jones takes the indirect free kick.

25:50

Mike Jones takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

24:28

Nick Ajose takes a shot. Save by Trevor Carson.

23:11

Andy Bishop is caught offside. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

22:22 Substitution

Substitution (Bury) makes a substitution, with David Worrall coming on for Mark Cullen.

19:53

Close range headed effort by Gary Alexander misses to the right of the goal.

19:33

Foul by Matt Doherty on Hope Akpan, free kick awarded. Kyle McFadzean takes the indirect free kick.

17:30

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Alexander. Indirect free kick taken by Trevor Carson.

16:51

Nick Ajose takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Doherty.

14:16

Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams from the right by-line.

11:53

Nick Ajose has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

9:01

Shot from deep inside the area by Nicky Adams goes over the bar.

4:14

Mark Carrington challenges Josh Simpson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Adams restarts play with the free kick.

3:26

Mark Carrington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Alexander. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Walsh.

2:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Ajose on Matt Doherty. Trevor Carson takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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