Jones strike clinches Crawley win

Midfielder Mike Jones scored the only goal as Crawley won for the first time in four matches with a 1-0 win over Colchester.

Last Updated: 15/03/14 at 19:15

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Crawley threatened early on when the recalled Andy Drury drove a shot wide from the edge of the area.

Colchester goalkeeper Sam Walker was forced to save a low shot from Billy Clarke with his legs before smartly gathering a goal-bound effort from Jones, who should have hit the target when he shot across goal after a move involving skipper Josh Simpson and Mark Connolly.

The unmarked Drury failed to connect with a teasing cross from Clarke before Jones struck to put Crawley ahead after 41 minutes from close range after a clever lifted ball over the top by Clarke.

Colchester attempted to raise their game after the break and Craig Eastmond had a shot charged down before Sanchez Watt headed firmly against the crossbar from a David Wright cross.

U's manager Joe Dunne introduced much-travelled striker Clinton Morrison and Dominic Vose from the bench with 20 minutes remaining and Vose came close to equalising when he fired against the post with nine minutes remaining.

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