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