Crawley Town 1-0 Colchester: Match Report
Crawley Town 1-0 Colchester: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Jones strike clinches Crawley win
Midfielder Mike Jones scored the only goal of the game as Crawley won for the first time in four matches with a 1-0 home success over Colchester.
Crawley threatened early on when the recalled Andy Drury drove a shot wide from the edge of the area.
Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker was forced to save a low shot from Billy Clarke with his legs before smartly gathering a goal-bound effort from Jones, who should have hit the target when he shot across goal after a move involving skipper Josh Simpson and Mark Connolly.
The unmarked Drury failed to connect with a teasing cross from Clarke before Jones struck to put Crawley ahead after 41 minutes from close range after a clever lifted ball over the top by Clarke.
Colchester attempted to raise their game after the break and Craig Eastmond had a shot charged down before Sanchez Watt headed firmly against the crossbar from a David Wright cross.
U's manager Joe Dunne introduced much-travelled striker Clinton Morrison and Dominic Vose from the bench with 20 minutes remaining and Vose came close to equalising when he fired against the post with nine minutes remaining.
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