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Crawley Town 2-0 Salford City

Crawley clinched their first win of the season with a goal in each half by Bez Lubala and Nathan Ferguson sinking Salford at the Broadfield Stadium.

Salford, 2-0 victors over Stevenage in their historic first-ever football league game last week, were largely outplayed and struggled to make an impression in front of goal.

The Ammies had a let off after only seven minutes when a free kick from Ferguson found defender Tom Dallison and he planted a header against the bar from close range.

Crawley, who have made 10 summer signings, went close again when Lubala shot just wide after a short pass by Reece Grego-Cox.

The Reds threatened again when Ferguson drove over before Grego-Cox had a powerful shot beaten away by keeper Christopher Neal.

Salford continued to live dangerously and Dallison was denied by the woodwork again before Lubala gave Crawley the lead from the penalty spot in the 36th minute.

Lubala sent Neal the wrong way after Jordan Tunnicliffe was clipped by Carl Piergianni.

Keeper Neal denied Lubala at the foot of the post before Crawley doubled their lead in the 54th minute when Ferguson, fed by substitute Ollie Palmer, rifled home from 20 yards.

Salford wasted a glorious opportunity to get back into the game when the on-rushing Richie Towell shot wide with only keeper Glenn Morris to beat.

Piergianni later headed against the post from a free kick by Towell, but Salford finished a well-beaten side.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 1Morris
  • 18Sesay
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 6Dallison-LisbonBooked at 45mins
  • 3Doherty
  • 21Bulman
  • 12FergusonSubstituted forFrancombat 81'minutes
  • 7Grego-CoxSubstituted forMoraisat 69'minutes
  • 28Camara
  • 30LubalaBooked at 70mins
  • 16Enigbokan-BloomfieldSubstituted forPalmerat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Palmer
  • 14Francomb
  • 15Nathaniel-George
  • 22Morais
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 26Galach
  • 35Luyambula

Salford

  • 1Neal
  • 8Maynard
  • 23Pond
  • 6PiergianniBooked at 41mins
  • 24SmithSubstituted forArmstrongat 66'minutes
  • 2Wiseman
  • 17Towell
  • 19SheltonSubstituted forJonesat 45'minutesBooked at 46mins
  • 3Touray
  • 9RooneySubstituted forBeesleyat 65'minutes
  • 20Dieseruvwe

Substitutes

  • 7Armstrong
  • 12Letheren
  • 18Whitehead
  • 22Jones
  • 25Jones
  • 29Beesley
  • 34Doyle
Referee:
Graham Salisbury
Attendance:
2,400

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamSalford
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home30
Away7
Shots on Target
Home9
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 2, Salford City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 2, Salford City 0.

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

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by George Francomb.

Attempt saved. Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Filipe Morais.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

Attempt blocked. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Filipe Morais.

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Joey Jones (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Francomb (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Panutche Camara (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Francomb.

Scott Wiseman (Salford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Bez Lubala (Crawley Town).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Luke Armstrong (Salford City).

Attempt missed. Richard Towell (Salford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ibou Touray with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. George Francomb replaces Nathan Ferguson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Nathan Ferguson (Crawley Town).

Foul by Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (Salford City).

Tom Dallison (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Panutche Camara.

Attempt missed. Richard Towell (Salford City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ibou Touray.

Carl Piergianni (Salford City) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ibou Touray with a cross following a set piece situation.

Jake Beesley (Salford City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Dallison (Crawley Town).

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Joey Jones.

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

Foul by Nathan Pond (Salford City).

Ollie Palmer (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Bez Lubala (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Lois Maynard (Salford City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bez Lubala (Crawley Town).

Attempt missed. Richard Towell (Salford City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a fast break.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Filipe Morais replaces Reece Grego-Cox because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town).

goal

As It Stood

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4Grimsby21103124
5Forest Green21102114
6Walsall21102114
7Cheltenham21014223
8Macclesfield21013123
9Crawley21013213
10Carlisle21014403
11Salford21012203
12Crewe210124-23
13Leyton Orient210113-23
14Mansfield20204402
15Newport20202202
16Port Vale20202202
17Bradford20201102
18Cambridge20200002
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22Oldham200213-20
23Stevenage200203-30
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