Crawley scraped past Conference North leaders Hednesford Town to reach the second round of the FA Cup.

Josh Simpson hit a Hednesford post before Ben Bailey and Jamey Osborne missed chances for the home side.

Darren Campion deflected Nicky Adams's cross into his own net to put the visitors in front, but Elliott Durrell levelled from the spot after Mat Sadler brought down Osborne.

But Emile Sinclair converted another Adams cross to put the Reds through.

Richie Barker's League One side have now reached the second round for the fourth consecutive season and ended a four-game losing run.

But they were made to work for victory by a team 60 places below them in the football pyramid and beaten just once all season.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Surrey:

"It wasn't the most attractive game to watch but we came here to do a job and we've done that.

"We are where we want to be which is in front of the TV tomorrow afternoon watching the second-round draw.

"The more they threw at us the more we had to throw back at them and it took us a while to get into the way we wanted to play. But that was never going to be easy here but what pleased me was the physical way we played.

"We do know that we've changed our mindset and we should get some belief from that."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Hednesford Town

  • 01 Crane
  • 02 Disney
  • 03 Campion (Rey - 78' )
  • 06 Taylor
  • 05 Francis
  • 04 Bailey
  • 07 Osborne
  • 11 Thompson-Brown (Melbourne - 59' )
  • 09 Harvey
  • 10 Lennon (Riley - 75' )
  • 08 Durrell

Substitutes

  • 12 Melbourne
  • 14 Riley
  • 15 Rey
  • 16 Woolfe
  • 17 Anagho-Ntamark

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 02 Hurst
  • 03 Sadler
  • 15 Bulman
  • 04 Connolly
  • 12 Walsh
  • 16 Adams
  • 11 Simpson
  • 14 Proctor (Alexander - 80' )
  • 21 Jones (Sinclair - 80' )
  • 10 Drury (McFadzean - 92' )

Substitutes

  • 05 McFadzean
  • 06 Essam
  • 08 Torres
  • 09 Alexander
  • 18 Rooney
  • 20 Sinclair
  • 25 Maddison
Ref: Michael Bull
Att: 2,231

Match Stats

Shots

22 14

On target

5 2

Corners

6 5

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hednesford Town 1, Crawley Town 2.

90:00 +4:41 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hednesford Town 1, Crawley Town 2.

90:00 +4:16

Attempt missed. Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kyle McFadzean following a fast break.

90:00 +4:04

Attempt missed. Neil Harvey (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Francino Francis with a headed pass.

90:00 +2:12

Offside, Hednesford Town. Daniel Crane tries a through ball, but Ben Bailey is caught offside.

90:00 +1:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Kyle McFadzean replaces Andy Drury.

89:40

Offside, Hednesford Town. Elliott Durrell tries a through ball, but Neil Harvey is caught offside.

88:14

Neil Harvey (Hednesford Town) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

88:12

Attempt saved. Francino Francis (Hednesford Town) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Osborne with a cross.

87:17

Attempt saved. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emile Sinclair.

86:08

Corner, Hednesford Town. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

86:06

Attempt missed. Neil Harvey (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

84:40

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:40

Foul by Aaron Rey (Hednesford Town).

84:05

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

84:05

John Disney (Hednesford Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hednesford Town 1, Crawley Town 2. Emile Sinclair (Crawley Town) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicky Adams with a cross following a corner.

82:34

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by John Disney.

81:43

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:43

Foul by John Disney (Hednesford Town).

81:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

79:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Gary Alexander replaces Jamie Proctor.

79:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Michael Jones.

79:10

Delay in match Neil Harvey (Hednesford Town) because of an injury.

78:59

Attempt missed. Neil Harvey (Hednesford Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Bailey with a headed pass.

77:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hednesford Town. Aaron Rey replaces Darren Campion.

76:33

Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James Hurst.

75:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hednesford Town 1, Crawley Town 1. Elliott Durrell (Hednesford Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

74:36

Penalty conceded by Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

74:36

Penalty Hednesford Town. Jamie Osborne draws a foul in the penalty area.

74:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hednesford Town. Wayne Riley replaces Michael Lennon.

73:32

Attempt missed. Andy Drury (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Matthew Sadler.

71:14

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Francino Francis.

68:13

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:13

Foul by Francino Francis (Hednesford Town).

66:33

Attempt blocked. Elliott Durrell (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

66:30

Attempt missed. Elliott Durrell (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

66:29

Attempt blocked. Francino Francis (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

60:26 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Darren Campion, Hednesford Town. Hednesford Town 0, Crawley Town 1.

58:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hednesford Town. Alex Melbourne replaces Robert Thompson-Brown.

58:23

Attempt missed. John Disney (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

57:51

Corner, Hednesford Town. Conceded by Paul Jones.

57:48

Attempt saved. Jamie Osborne (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

56:55

Attempt saved. Neil Harvey (Hednesford Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Elliott Durrell with a cross.

56:22

Foul by Mark Connolly (Crawley Town).

56:22

Neil Harvey (Hednesford Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:35

Attempt blocked. Robert Thompson-Brown (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Harvey.

53:51

Offside, Crawley Town. Josh Simpson tries a through ball, but Nicky Adams is caught offside.

52:17

Offside, Crawley Town. Matthew Sadler tries a through ball, but Nicky Adams is caught offside.

48:58

Attempt blocked. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Sadler.

48:02

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:02

Foul by Jamie Osborne (Hednesford Town).

45:16

Foul by Andy Drury (Crawley Town).

45:16

Darren Campion (Hednesford Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Hednesford Town 0, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hednesford Town 0, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +0:27

Attempt saved. Francino Francis (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:23

Attempt blocked. Kris Taylor (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:38

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

44:38

Elliott Durrell (Hednesford Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:04

Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dannie Bulman.

40:38

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Ben Bailey.

40:36

Attempt blocked. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Proctor.

37:18

Attempt blocked. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:15

Attempt blocked. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Drury with a cross.

36:03

Foul by Ben Bailey (Hednesford Town).

36:03

Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:10

Foul by Elliott Durrell (Hednesford Town).

35:10

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:41

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Francino Francis.

32:50

Ben Bailey (Hednesford Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:50

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

31:25

Foul by Michael Lennon (Hednesford Town).

31:25

James Hurst (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:14

Foul by Jamie Osborne (Hednesford Town).

27:14

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:23

Attempt missed. Jamie Osborne (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Lennon with a headed pass.

25:42

Offside, Crawley Town. Mark Connolly tries a through ball, but Jamie Proctor is caught offside.

23:37

Attempt missed. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nicky Adams with a cross.

22:39

Foul by Elliott Durrell (Hednesford Town).

22:39

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:52

Offside, Crawley Town. Andy Drury tries a through ball, but Jamie Proctor is caught offside.

21:01

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Robert Thompson-Brown.

20:46

Attempt missed. John Disney (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

20:17

Darren Campion (Hednesford Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:17

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

19:45

Attempt blocked. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Jones.

18:44

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) hits the left post with a left footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Andy Drury with a cross.

17:57

Foul by Elliott Durrell (Hednesford Town).

17:57

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:52

Attempt missed. Jamie Osborne (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jamie Osborne.

14:47

Offside, Hednesford Town. John Disney tries a through ball, but Neil Harvey is caught offside.

13:45

Corner, Hednesford Town. Conceded by Josh Simpson.

13:16

Attempt blocked. Robert Thompson-Brown (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neil Harvey.

11:38

Foul by Ben Bailey (Hednesford Town).

11:38

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:59

Attempt missed. Francino Francis (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Elliott Durrell with a cross following a corner.

10:59

Corner, Hednesford Town. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

10:36

Corner, Hednesford Town. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

10:12

Corner, Hednesford Town. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

10:04

Attempt missed. Jamie Osborne (Hednesford Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Elliott Durrell with a cross.

8:52

Attempt blocked. Robert Thompson-Brown (Hednesford Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

8:26

Ben Bailey (Hednesford Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:26

Foul by Jamie Proctor (Crawley Town).

2:04

Offside, Crawley Town. James Hurst tries a through ball, but Josh Simpson is caught offside.

1:38

Attempt blocked. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Jones.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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