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2017/18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • Jimmy Smith (45'+1' PEN)
  • Karlan Ahearne-Grant (62')
  • Enzio Boldewijn (69')

In-form Crawley close in on play-offs

In-form Crawley made it seven wins in the last eight games with a convincing 3-0 home victory over struggling Grimsby.
Jimmy Smith's first-half penalty was added to by Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Enzio Boldewijn in the second half to move Harry Kewell's side four points off the play-offs.
The result increased the pressure on Mariners boss Russell Slade, whose team are winless in 12 matches during which they have scored only four goals.
Grimsby were put under pressure mid-way through the first half when Dutch striker Thomas Verheydt had a low shot saved by goalkeeper Ben Killip after skipper Smith's effort was parried.
Keeper Glenn Morris came to Crawley's rescue at the other end by smothering a goal-bound shot from Mallik Wilks.
Crawley broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time when Boldewijn was brought down by Luke Summerfield and Smith stroked his seventh goal of the season from the penalty spot.
The hosts came close to doubling their advantage shortly after the break when, from a pass by Ahearne-Grant, Boldewijn put a deflected shot just wide.
Crawley's second goal did, however, arrive in the 62nd minute as Ahearne- Grant, on loan from Charlton, scored his second goal in as many games with an unstoppable right-foot shot from the edge of the area.
Boldewijn sealed Crawley's comfortable win in the 69th minute by neatly chipping Killip from a deft pass by substitute Mark Randall.

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Swindon Town 28 +18 53
2 Exeter City 27 +11 53
3 Crewe Alexandra 27 +16 48
4 Plymouth Argyle 26 +16 47
5 Bradford City 28 +11 46
6 Northampton Town 28 +10 46
7 Colchester United 28 +13 45
8 Cheltenham Town 27 +19 44
9 Forest Green Rovers 28 +8 44
10 Port Vale 28 +2 41
11 Newport County 25 +3 36
12 Walsall 28 -9 36
13 Salford City 28 -4 35
14 Scunthorpe United 28 -3 32
15 Crawley Town 28 -3 32
16 Cambridge United 28 -7 31
17 Grimsby Town 26 -5 30
18 Oldham Athletic 28 -15 29
19 Leyton Orient 28 -11 28
20 Mansfield Town 28 -8 27
21 Carlisle United 27 -20 26
22 Macclesfield Town 27 -4 25
23 Stevenage 28 -12 22
24 Morecambe 28 -26 22