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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 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24