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Stevenage 2-1 Crawley Town

James Ball's first-half double proved enough to see Stevenage edge to victory over Crawley in a tense encounter at the Lamex Stadium.

Both sides had decent chances inside the opening quarter but Stevenage took the lead after 24 minutes when Luther Wildin created space and found Ball, who headed past visiting goalkeeper Glenn Morris.

Crawley got back on terms after 36 minutes though as, following David Sesay's right-wing cross, striker Dominic Poleon held off his defender and turned inside the box, before firing low past Paul Farman.

Stevenage responded immediately with another from Ball before the break.

Moses Makasi broke down the right-hand side and his through ball found an unmarked Danny Newton, whose low shot was parried by Morris into the path of Ball to tuck in the rebound.

The second half passed with Crawley dominating play and creating plenty of chances, but finishing and courageous defending by Stevenage saw the hosts hold on for three points to claim their 12th league win this season.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Farman
  • 2Wildin
  • 5CuthbertSubstituted forWilkinsonat 68'minutes
  • 31Nugent
  • 3Hunt
  • 24Makasi
  • 4Timlin
  • 8ByromSubstituted forIonttonat 54'minutes
  • 12Seddon
  • 9RevellSubstituted forBallat 11'minutes
  • 19Newton

Substitutes

  • 7Ball
  • 11Sonupe
  • 15Vancooten
  • 16Iontton
  • 25Henry
  • 29Smyth
  • 30Wilkinson

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 14Francomb
  • 6Connolly
  • 16Maguire
  • 18SesaySubstituted forYoungat 72'minutes
  • 11Gambin
  • 4PayneBooked at 42minsSubstituted forMoraisat 65'minutes
  • 28Camara
  • 3Doherty
  • 10PoleonSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 76'minutes
  • 9Palmer

Substitutes

  • 2Young
  • 7Grego-Cox
  • 12Mersin
  • 17Dallison-Lisbon
  • 21Bulman
  • 22Morais
Referee:
Thomas Bramall
Attendance:
2,347

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home11
Away21
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, Crawley Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Crawley Town 1.

Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Jimmy Ball (Stevenage).

Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Danny Newton (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Luke Gambin (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Danny Newton.

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

Foul by Arthur Iontton (Stevenage).

Filipe Morais (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Michael Timlin (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Doherty (Crawley Town).

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Paul Farman.

Attempt saved. Lewis Young (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Arthur Iontton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Filipe Morais (Crawley Town).

Foul by Danny Newton (Stevenage).

Luke Gambin (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Johnny Hunt (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Lewis Young (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Johnny Hunt.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luther Wildin.

Attempt missed. Filipe Morais (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Reece Grego-Cox replaces Dominic Poleon.

Delay in match Michael Timlin (Stevenage) because of an injury.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage).

Dominic Poleon (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Lewis Young replaces David Sesay.

Delay in match Paul Farman (Stevenage) because of an injury.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Luke Wilkinson replaces Scott Cuthbert because of an injury.

Delay in match Scott Cuthbert (Stevenage) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City26157447262152
2Bury28147753322149
3MK Dons26138544232147
4Colchester28137842301246
5Mansfield261112337201745
6Carlisle281431145351045
7Forest Green261111439251444
8Exeter27128738281044
9Tranmere2711974133842
10Stevenage28125113335-241
11Oldham2710984033739
12Swindon2891093137-637
13Newport26106103745-836
14Crewe28105133036-635
15Grimsby27104132934-534
16Northampton2771283535033
17Crawley27103143440-633
18Cheltenham2778123241-929
19Port Vale2778122636-1029
20Cambridge2885152547-2229
21Morecambe2877142844-1628
22Yeovil2669112832-427
23Macclesfield2866162544-1924
24Notts County2849152957-2821
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