Crawley Town were promoted into the Football League for the first time in their history following the 2010/11 season. A successful League Two campaign saw them win promotion straight away, duplicating Rovers success from 2003 to 2004.
Match Action – First Half
Rovers had the better of the opening chances, Martin Woods’ attempted half volley fell straight into the arms of Crawley keeper Jones. Crawley attacked for much of the first half but failed to make any impact.
Billy Paynter sent in a cross/shot following good work from David Cotterill, but Tommy Spurr failed to poke home at the far post. Another chance fell to Paynter who controlled well after being fed the ball by Martin Woods, but his effort went wide of the target.
An even first half with plenty of chances for Rovers, but with no goals to show for it.
At the break
ROVERS 0-0 CRAWLEY
Match Action – Second Half
Kyle Bennett had the first effort on goal of the second period, picking the ball up in his own half before dancing to the edge of the area. His shot unfortunately went high of the target and into the South Stand.
Crawley came close soon after when Nicky Ajose found himself in the area, only to shoot into the hands of Gary Woods. It was Crawley who had the next chance, and took the lead. Good play from Akpan found Simpson on the edge of the area. His shot was diverted past Gary Woods by AJOSE.
Rovers could not provide an answer to the goal, and after a poor game Crawley left with all three points.
How it finished
ROVERS 0-1 CRAWLEY
vikingsbloggen MOTM – Rob Jones. Referee – Trevor Kettle.
Attendance – 6,403. Match Rating – 5/10. Atmosphere Rating – 7/10.
How they lined up
Quinn Jones McCombe Spurr
Bennett Woods Syers Cotterill
And on the bench… Sullivan, Blake, Husband, Harper, Coppinger (Brown – 64), Keegan.
Hunt Davis McFadzean Sadler
Adams Cooper Akpan Torres
And on the bench… Connolly, Clarke, Forte, Simpson (Davis – 69), Bulman (Ajose – 90), Neilson, Kuipers.