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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Sammie Szmodics (8')
  • Ryan Jackson (14')
  • Mikael Mandron (38')
  • Jimmy Smith (66')

Colchester break Crawley hoodoo with comfortable win

Colchester claimed a first-ever win over Crawley with a deserved 3-1 victory at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
The U's took a ninth-minute lead when Sammie Szmodics superbly volleyed home from Ryan Jackson's cross.
And Colchester went further ahead five minutes later when Jackson slammed the ball past goalkeeper Glenn Morris after excellent play by Szmodics had set him up.
The home side made it 3-0 seven minutes before half-time through Mikael Mandron, who nodded in from two yards after Frankie Kent had headed Brandon Comley's cross back across goal.
Tom Eastman and Ryan Inniss combined to clear Panutche Camara's shot off the line before the break, while Crawley squandered the chance to get back into the game in the 52nd minute when Walker saved Mark Randall's penalty after debutant Inniss had fouled Josh Yorwerth in the area.
Jimmy Smith poked home from a corner in a crowded area midway through the second half to give Crawley hope and Walker denied Smith late on, but it was Colchester's day.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Accrington Stanley 46 +30 93
2 Luton Town 46 +48 88
3 Wycombe Wanderers 46 +19 84
4 Exeter City 46 +10 80
5 Notts County 46 +23 77
6 Coventry City 46 +17 75
7 Lincoln City 46 +16 75
8 Mansfield Town 46 +15 72
9 Swindon Town 46 +2 68
10 Carlisle United 46 +8 67
11 Newport County 46 -2 64
12 Cambridge United 46 -4 64
13 Colchester United 46 +1 62
14 Crawley Town 46 -8 59
15 Crewe Alexandra 46 -13 56
16 Stevenage 46 -5 55
17 Cheltenham Town 46 -6 51
18 Grimsby Town 46 -24 51
19 Yeovil Town 46 -16 48
20 Port Vale 46 -18 47
21 Forest Green Rovers 46 -23 47
22 Morecambe 46 -15 46
23 Barnet 46 -19 46
24 Chesterfield 46 -36 38