League Two
Crawley1Notts County1

Crawley Town 1-1 Notts County

Notts County players look dejected after conceding an equaliser at Crawley
Notts County were founder members of the Football League in 1888 but could drop into non-league for the first time in their history

Notts County had Ben Barclay sent off as they threw away the lead in a draw at Crawley, which leaves them rooted to the bottom of League Two.

The Magpies went ahead through Craig Mackail-Smith early on, but Ashley Nathaniel-George levelled before half-time and Notts had defender Ben Barclay sent off early in the second period.

Notts boss Neal Ardley had said before the game that his side needed to win two of their three remaining games to stand a chance of preserving their English Football League status.

And the Magpies got a vital early lift when a throw-in from Mitch Rose released Matt Tootle and his cross was headed in from eight yards by Mackail-Smith.

But Crawley responded in the 19th minute, when Nathaniel-George equalised with a low shot from the edge of the area.

Jon Stead should have hit the target for County when firing wastefully over and Rose was also off target following a defensive error.

The Magpies began the second half in purposeful fashion and defender Barclay headed over a Michael Doyle free kick after 50 minutes.

Barclay, on loan from Brighton, was shown a straight red card four minutes later for a two-footed foul on Crawley skipper Dannie Bulman.

The visitors lived dangerously as Nathaniel-George had a shot parried before Reece Grego-Cox headed a Filipe Morais cross just wide.

Crawley had won their previous two games to ensure their own safety and top-scorer Ollie Palmer shot wide in the last minute as the scores finished level.

Notts County remain two points from safety with two games to play after Macclesfield and Yeovil both drew.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 2Young
  • 5McNerney
  • 17Dallison-Lisbon
  • 16Maguire
  • 22Morais
  • 21Bulman
  • 28Camara
  • 15Nathaniel-George
  • 9Palmer
  • 11GambinSubstituted forGrego-Coxat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Doherty
  • 7Grego-Cox
  • 12Mersin
  • 18Sesay
  • 26Galach
  • 33N'Gala

Notts County

  • 27Schofield
  • 2Tootle
  • 6BarclayBooked at 54mins
  • 18Stubbs
  • 3Bird
  • 26Rose
  • 43Doyle
  • 21O'Brien
  • 28Mackail-SmithSubstituted forBoldewijnat 82'minutes
  • 24MilsomBooked at 45mins
  • 30SteadSubstituted forWardat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fitzsimons
  • 7Alessandra
  • 8Vaughan
  • 10Gomis
  • 11Boldewijn
  • 19Ward
  • 33Dunn
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
2,800

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamNotts County
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home8
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Notts County 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Notts County 1.

Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Stubbs (Notts County).

Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

Michael Doyle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

Foul by Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town).

Elliott Ward (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Enzio Boldewijn replaces Craig Mackail-Smith.

Foul by Panutche Camara (Crawley Town).

Matt Tootle (Notts County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lewis Young (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Notts County).

Foul by Filipe Morais (Crawley Town).

Robert Milsom (Notts County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Robert Milsom (Notts County) because of an injury.

Foul by Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

Robert Milsom (Notts County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Notts County. Conceded by Joe McNerney.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jim O'Brien.

Attempt missed. Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town) header from very close range misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Ashley Nathaniel-George (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mitch Rose (Notts County).

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Pierce Bird.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Joe Maguire (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Notts County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Notts County. Elliott Ward replaces Jon Stead.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Reece Grego-Cox replaces Luke Gambin.

Dismissal

Ben Barclay (Notts County) is shown the red card for violent conduct.

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

Foul by Ben Barclay (Notts County).

Delay in match Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City442316573393485
2Bury4422111180542677
3Mansfield442016868383076
4MK Dons4422101270472376
5Forest Green4420131165432273
6Tranmere4420121261461572
7Exeter4418121459491066
8Colchester441810166053764
9Carlisle44197186360364
10Stevenage441810165554164
11Newport431810155558-364
12Oldham4316141365521362
13Crewe44188185654262
14Swindon441516135452261
15Northampton441318135759-257
16Cheltenham441412185464-1054
17Grimsby44158214254-1253
18Morecambe441311205168-1750
19Crawley44148224663-1750
20Port Vale441212203853-1548
21Cambridge441210223863-2546
22Macclesfield44913224673-2740
23Yeovil44911243964-2538
24Notts County44814224580-3538
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