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Checkatrade.com Stadium (ATT 3,160) 1st January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Scott

Crawley Crawley Town vs Colchester United Colchester

Crawley 3

M Connolly (5)
B Clarke (71)
N Adams (87)

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Billy Whizz cures Crawley

Last Updated: 01/01/13 6:50pm

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Clarke: Made sure of the points

Clarke: Made sure of the points

Crawley clinched their first home league victory in nine weeks with a 3-0 win over struggling Colchester on New Year's Day.

The visitors were behind after only five minutes and later conceded two late goals on the way to going down to their seventh successive league defeat.

Defender Mark Connolly gave Crawley the perfect start with the lead from close range.

A free-kick from Adams was headed down by Josh Simpson and Colchester goalkeeper Mark Cousins parried a goalbound effort from Billy Clarke before Connolly tapped-in the rebound.

Leading goalscorer Clarke increased the lead 19 minutes from time by firing left-footed into the top corner from 17 yards after latching on to a hurried clearance from keeper Cousins.

Winger Adams sealed the Red Devils' comfortable victory with a clever chip from 18 yards two minutes from time following a through-ball from Hope Akpan.

Adams should have put Crawley 2-0 ahead early on when his shot from close in was cleared off the line and keeper Cousins went full length to turn away a 20-yard effort from Akpan midway through the first half.

Colchester enjoyed more possession as the interval approached and Anthony Wordsworth fired over following a one-two with Clinton Morrison.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 19 39
2 Swindon Town 18 35
3 Preston North End 18 34
4 Milton Keynes Dons 16 31
5 Sheffield United 18 31
6 Notts County 18 30
7 Rochdale 18 27
8 Oldham Athletic 18 27
9 Peterborough United 19 27
10 Fleetwood Town 18 25
11 Chesterfield 18 24
12 Bradford City 18 23
13 Barnsley 17 22
14 Walsall 18 22
15 Port Vale 18 22
16 Doncaster Rovers 16 21
17 Crawley Town 18 21
18 Coventry City 18 20
19 Leyton Orient 18 19
20 Gillingham 18 18
21 Colchester United 18 17
22 Yeovil Town 18 17
23 Scunthorpe United 17 16
24 Crewe Alexandra 18 15