Billy Whizz cures Crawley
Last Updated: 01/01/13 6:50pm
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.
Sky Bet League 1
Tue 1st Jan
Swindon5 - 0Portsmth
Brentford0 - 0B'mouth
Bury0 - 1Tranmere
Coventry0 - 1Shrewsbury
Crawley3 - 0Colchester
Crewe1 - 0Carlisle
Doncaster2 - 2Sheff Utd
Hartlepool0 - 1Preston
Notts Co1 - 2MK Dons
Scunthrpe2 - 2Oldham
Walsall1 - 0Stevenage
Yeovil3 - 0Leyton Or
Sky Bet League 1
|3||Preston North End||18||34|
|4||Milton Keynes Dons||16||31|