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Checkatrade.com Stadium (ATT 3,693) 3rd September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Haywood

Crawley Crawley Town vs Bristol Rovers Bristol R

Crawley 4

T Barnett (14, 84)
B Smith (28)
M Tubbs (74)

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Bristol R 1

L Brown (80)

Rovers outclassed by Crawley

Last Updated: 03/09/11 7:03pm

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Barnett: Bags goal

Barnett: Bags goal

Crawley eased to their third successive home league victory to see off Bristol Rovers 4-1 and move to the top of the table.

First-half goals from Tyrone Barnett and Ben Smith put Steve Evans' men firmly in charge, and striker Matt Tubbs added a third before Barnett hit his second goal six minutes from time.

Barnett gave Crawley the lead after 14 minutes, forcing the ball home after John Dempster flicked on a long throw from David Hunt. Rovers were punished for slack defending when the unmarked Smith doubled the hosts' advantage after 28 minutes by heading in from six yards after a short corner by Sergio Torres was played in by Dean Howell.

Rovers substitute Elliot Richards put a left-footed shot wide before Tubbs made it 3-0 as he blasted home a direct free-kick from 20 yards in the 74th minute.

Rovers pulled back a consolation when former QPR defender Lee Brown caught keeper Michel Kuipers out with a deep cross which crept into the far corner.

But Crawley were further rewarded for their attacking flair when former Macclesfield marksman Barnett latched onto a cross from Smith to fire the hosts' fourth goal.

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2 Morecambe 7 16
3 Bury 7 14
4 Wycombe Wanderers 7 14
5 Cheltenham Town 7 14
6 Cambridge United 7 11
7 Shrewsbury Town 7 11
8 Southend United 7 11
9 Northampton Town 7 11
10 Plymouth Argyle 7 10
11 Portsmouth 7 10
12 Stevenage 7 10
13 Mansfield Town 7 9
14 Tranmere Rovers 7 8
15 AFC Wimbledon 7 8
16 York City 7 8
17 Newport County AFC 7 8
18 Luton Town 7 8
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 7 7
20 Hartlepool United 7 7
21 Accrington Stanley 7 7
22 Oxford United 7 3
23 Exeter City 7 3
24 Carlisle United 7 3