Red Devils make flying start
Last Updated: August 18, 2012 8:08pm
Alexander: At the double for Crawley
Skipper Gary Alexander scored a brace and Jonathan Forte grabbed the other as Crawley beat Scunthorpe 3-0 at home in League One.
Scunthorpe, outplayed for long periods, created several clear-cut opportunities of their own, but were guilty of poor finishing and ended the match with 10 men after midfielder Mark Duffy was sent off for a second bookable offence four minutes from time.
Scunthorpe had a let-off in the ninth minute when a rasping low drive from Billy Clarke came back off the post.
Crawley threatened again through midfielder Nicky Adams, whose dipping 30-yard free-kick was tipped over by goalkeeper Slocombe.
Experienced striker Alexander put Crawley ahead in the 33rd minute from close range after Hope Akpan had headed back a deep free-kick from Adams.
Alexander doubled Crawley's lead from the penalty spot in the 64th minute, sending Slocombe the wrong way after he had been hauled down by Tom Newey and substitute Forte, on loan from Southampton and making his debut, sealed Crawley's victory 10 minutes from time by rounding Slocombe following a pass by Akpan.
npower League 1
Sat 18th Aug
Bury0 - 0Brentford
Crawley3 - 0Scunthorpe
Hartlepool0 - 0Swindon
MK Dons2 - 0Oldham
Portsmouth1 - 1Bournemth
Preston0 - 0Colchester
Sheff Utd1 - 0Shrewsbury
Stevenage1 - 1Carlisle
Tranmere3 - 1Leyton Or
Walsall0 - 3Doncaster
Yeovil1 - 1Coventry
Crewe1 - 2Notts Co
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