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Checkatrade.com Stadium (ATT 3,026) 23rd April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: S Hooper

Crawley Crawley Town vs Preston North End Preston

Crawley 1

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Jones strike sees off Preston

Last Updated: 23/04/13 10:42pm

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Mike Jones: Early strike enough to seal win

Mike Jones: Early strike enough to seal win

An early goal from midfielder Mike Jones gave Crawley a deserved 1-0 victory and condemned Preston to their first defeat in five games.

Jones drove Crawley ahead after only six minutes with a bouncing right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner.

Skipper Josh Simpson shot over from the edge of the area and keeper Thorsten Stuckmann denied Paul Hayes as the hosts dominated.

Stuckmann then did superbly to tip over a goalbound header from striker Billy Clarke after Hayes' neat assist.

Preston's first attempt on goal did not arrive until the 33rd minute when captain John Welsh put a 30-yard free-kick wide.

Crawley ended the half totally on top and Clarke's cleverly-played free-kick was saved by Stuckmann.

Home keeper Paul Jones denied Jack King in a one-on-one situation shortly after the break and on-loan striker Hayes was similarly thwarted at the other end by Stuckmann.

Preston, who improved after introducing three substitutes in the second half, came close to snatching a point 20 minutes from time when King headed a Lee Holmes cross against the crossbar.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19