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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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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Newport County AFC 18 28
9 Exeter City 18 27
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 18 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12