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Crawley Town 1-0 Cheltenham Town

Top-of-the-table Cheltenham suffered their first defeat in four games after a late strike by substitute Jordan Maguire-Drew gave Crawley victory.

Cheltenham remain a point ahead of second-placed Cambridge, while this was Crawley's second win the space of four days after their 2-0 success at Bradford.

Cheltenham boss Michael Duff said pre-match that his pacesetters had a "good opportunity" to make history and the Robins quickly settled into a confident start.

Alfie May showed good control midway through the half when he had a close-range shot saved by veteran goalkeeper Glenn Morris.

A long ball by Ben Tozer put the Crawley defence under pressure and Callum Wright shot wide from a good position.

Cheltenham had an escape on 34 minutes when Sean Long gave the ball away and Ashley Nadesan wastefully put the ball over after rounding on-loan keeper Josh Griffiths.

The hosts also had a let-off in first-half stoppage time, Tom Nichols deflecting a cross by Chris Hussey onto his own bar.

Another slack back-pass by Long gave striker Nichols an opportunity shortly after the break, but the former Cheltenham loanee shot straight at Griffiths with only the keeper to beat.

Nichols later had a shot saved before an attempted chip by Liam Sercombe came back off the bar at the other end.

Former Leyton Orient man Maguire-Drew clinched victory with his first Crawley goal on 77 minutes, scoring with a well-taken shot in off the post following a Nichols pass.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crawley

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Morris
  • 15Davies
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 5McNerney
  • 25Tsaroulla
  • 20MatthewsSubstituted forCraigat 86'minutes
  • 8Powell
  • 39Hessenthaler
  • 38TilleySubstituted forMaguire-Drewat 68'minutes
  • 10Nadesan
  • 16NicholsBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 18Sesay
  • 24Craig
  • 34Maguire-Drew
  • 35Rodari
  • 37Nelson
  • 44Wright

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 20Griffiths
  • 5Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 2Long
  • 11Blair
  • 23WrightBooked at 45minsSubstituted forChapmanat 70'minutes
  • 7ThomasSubstituted forAzazat 81'minutes
  • 26Sercombe
  • 3Hussey
  • 10MaySubstituted forSmithat 70'minutes
  • 14WilliamsSubstituted forVassilevat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Flinders
  • 9Smith
  • 17Freestone
  • 18Azaz
  • 19Lloyd
  • 28Chapman
  • 29Vassilev
Referee:
Sam Purkiss

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home5
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Cheltenham Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Ellis Chapman (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jack Powell (Crawley Town).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Finn Azaz (Cheltenham Town).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Tom Nichols (Crawley Town).

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Sam Smith (Cheltenham Town).

  10. Booking

    Tom Nichols (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    Sam Smith (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Tunnicliffe (Crawley Town).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Crawley Town. Tony Craig replaces Sam Matthews.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Raglan (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Finn Azaz following a set piece situation.

  15. Post update

    Sean Long (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Archie Davies (Crawley Town).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Chris Hussey.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Indiana Vassilev replaces Andy Williams.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Finn Azaz replaces Conor Thomas.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge422281262412174
2Cheltenham412191154361872
3Bolton422010125247570
4Morecambe42209136257569
5Tranmere421812125248466
6Forest Green411811125448665
7Newport411711134941862
8Exeter4116131265461961
9Leyton Orient421710154843561
10Carlisle41179155546960
11Salford4115141246331359
12Crawley421611155253-159
13Bradford411610154747058
14Port Vale42159185352154
15Stevenage421217133637-153
16Harrogate42158194549-453
17Oldham42149196772-551
18Mansfield421019134752-549
19Walsall421019134349-649
20Scunthorpe41138204154-1347
21Barrow411210194953-446
22Colchester42917164160-1944
23Southend42814202453-2938
24Grimsby41813203259-2737
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