Colchester United v Crawley Town – Sky Bet League Two – JobServe Community Stadium – Report
Colchester United 0-1 Crawley Town
Colchester United remain without a home Sky Bet League Two victory this season as struggling Crawley Town ended their recent four-match unbeaten sequence thanks to a goal from Jack Payne midway through the opening period.
Colchester – in eighth place at the start of play – began the game brightly. Veteran Crawley keeper, Glenn Morris fisted away a fierce Alan Judge effort after Brendan Wiredu had cleverly played the former Ipswich Town man in. Meanwhile, Wiredu should have done better, firing high into the stand after finding himself in front of goal following a flag-kick from the left.
Will Ferry found Shamal George’s midriff as Crawley – without a point on the road – provided a threat of their own. And with their next foray forward they grabbed the lead. Ferry producing the good down the left, before teeing up Jack Payne to fire, left-footed, beyond the stranded George.
While Crawley arrived in North Essex chasing a win on their travels, Colchester was yet to register three points in front of their own fans. And Having dominated the early stages of the contest, the U’s appeared to have lost their way. Nick Tsaroulla fizzed an angled attempt over, while Joel Lynch blocked from both Freddie Sears and Judge as the visitors began to take a stranglehold.
Judge was again wasteful. Firing over as the U’s pressed and Crawley defended comfortably in numbers.
Nouble and Sears drilled directly at Morris, while Sears was denied by Tsaroulla’s saving tackle as the home side continued to toil fruitlessly after the restart.
Morris produced another routine save after Sylvester Jasper had fired goalwards. Indeed, Colchester appeared to have run out of ideas – Ferry almost compounded their problems. His curing effort whistling the wrong side of an upright.
George denied substitute Kwesi Appiah after Crawley had broken from deep in stoppage-time – The defeat saw Colchester slip back into the bottom half of the table.
Colchester United return to Sky Bet League Two action on Saturday, September 25 when they take on Swindon Town at the County Ground (3pm).
Colchester United: Shamal George, Tommy Smith, Brendan Wiredu (Armando Dobra 66’), Cole Skuse, Frank Nouble, Alan Judge, Freddie Sears, Sylvester Jasper (Noah Chilvers 82’), Tom Eastman, Charlie Daniels, Cameron Coxe (Luke Hannant 89’) Subs not used: Jake Turner (GK), Ryan Clampin, Junior Tchamadeu, Samson Tovide
Booked: Brendan Wiredu (foul)
Crawley Town: Glen Morris, George Francomb, Tom Dallison, Jack Powell, Tom Nichols (Kwesi Appiah 85’), Will Ferry, Sam Ashford (Ashley Nadesan 46’), Nick Tsaroulla, Jack Payne, Joel Lynch, Jake Hessenthaler Subs not used: Alfie Jones, Archie Davies, Owen Gallagher, Amrit Bansal-McNulty
Booked: Sam Ashford (foul), Will Ferry (foul), Tom Nichols (time-wasting)
Goals: Jack Payne 22’
Referee: Christopher Sarginson
Assistants: Leigh Crowhurst and Adrian Turner
Fourth Official: Paul Kelly