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CrawleyCrawley Town1ColchesterColchester United0

Crawley Town 1-0 Colchester United

Substitute James Tilley struck a 93rd-minute winner for Crawley as the Reds ended a nine-game wait for a home league win with a 1-0 victory over Colchester.

Crawley nicked a dour encounter in the third minute of stoppage time when Tilley shot low into the net following a pass by Tom Nichols for his first goal for the club.

Crawley, without a win in their previous four league games, suffered an early injury blow when left-back Tom Dallison was forced off with a foot injury.

The Reds then survived a scare when Aramide Oteh raced through after a slip by Jack Powell and keeper Glenn Morris made an important block in a one-on-one situation.

Morris later parried a close-range shot from Omar Sowunmi before Powell drilled a low free kick narrowly wide of keeper Dean Gerken's right-hand post.

Colchester, who are now winless in 12 games, had a scare when an sliced attempted clearance by Sowunmi came back off his own post.

Morris kept the U's at bay 10 minutes after the break by producing a fine one-handed save to keep out a fierce drive from Oteh, making his first start on loan from QPR.

Both sides made double substitutions but clear-cut chances were at a premium, although Gerken made a double save from Ashley Nadesan and Tilley - before the forward made his late intervention.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Morris
  • 4Francomb
  • 19TunnicliffeBooked at 44mins
  • 24Craig
  • 6Dallison-LisbonSubstituted forDaviesat 6'minutes
  • 34Maguire-DrewSubstituted forTilleyat 63'minutes
  • 8Powell
  • 39HessenthalerSubstituted forWrightat 89'minutes
  • 29HeskethSubstituted forMatthewsat 63'minutes
  • 10Nadesan
  • 16Nichols

Substitutes

  • 5McNerney
  • 15Davies
  • 20Matthews
  • 37Nelson
  • 38Tilley
  • 44Wright

Colchester

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Gerken
  • 2Welch-HayesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Sowunmi
  • 18Eastman
  • 5Smith
  • 23PokuSubstituted forChilversat 67'minutes
  • 8PellSubstituted forSarpong-Wireduat 32'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24Stevenson
  • 11HarriottSubstituted forFoliviat 89'minutes
  • 45Nouble
  • 9OtehSubstituted forBrownat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Senior
  • 10Brown
  • 14Chilvers
  • 22Sarpong-Wiredu
  • 29George
  • 38Tchamadeu
  • 39Folivi
Referee:
Tom Nield

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Colchester United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Colchester United 0.

  3. Booking

    Miles Welch-Hayes (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Miles Welch-Hayes (Colchester United).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Crawley Town 1, Colchester United 0. James Tilley (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Nichols.

  7. Booking

    Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu (Colchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    George Francomb (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu (Colchester United).

  10. Post update

    Archie Davies (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Noah Chilvers (Colchester United).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Josh Wright replaces Jake Hessenthaler.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Colchester United. Michael Folivi replaces Callum Harriott.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Archie Davies (Crawley Town).

  15. Post update

    Callum Harriott (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Nichols (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Matthews.

  17. Post update

    Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Omar Sowunmi (Colchester United).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Powell (Crawley Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Tom Nichols.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Colchester United. Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu tries a through ball, but Callum Harriott is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge30157847281952
2Forest Green27139537261148
3Cheltenham28138737261147
4Morecambe2913793940-146
5Salford28129738231545
6Tranmere2813693734345
7Newport2712873729844
8Exeter271110649341543
9Carlisle25134835241143
10Bolton29118103640-441
11Leyton Orient28116113530539
12Crawley2710893735238
13Bradford27107103131037
14Walsall2881373537-237
15Harrogate29106133337-436
16Scunthorpe27112143135-435
17Oldham28105134652-635
18Mansfield2871383739-234
19Port Vale2996144144-333
20Colchester2871293037-733
21Stevenage30712112431-733
22Southend2966171845-2724
23Barrow2758143239-723
24Grimsby2756162046-2621
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