Crawley 0, Yeovil 1: Glovers secure first away win against lackluster Reds

Crawley Town V Wycombe Wanderers 29/8/15  (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150831-090417008
Crawley Town V Wycombe Wanderers 29/8/15 (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150831-090417008

Crawley Town fell to their second successive defeat in League Two as Yeovil Town secured their first away win of the season at the Checkatrade.com Stadium this afternoon.

A fine 25-yard strike from Harry Cornick in the first half was worthy of winning any match, although a rare bit of quality from a dire game.

Reds were guilty of poor decision making that cost them plenty of opportunities to draw level in an error-strewn afternoon.

A Sonny Bradley header which crashed back off the crossbar in the second half was as close as the home side came to rescuing a point as the Glovers secured just their second win of the campaign.

Reds made three changes from the team that suffered a mauling at Mansfield last week with Luke Rooney, Conor Henderson and Lee Barnard coming into the starting line-up.

They replaced the injured Matt Harrold, suspended Gwion Edwards and Lewis Young. New signing Ross Jenkins made the bench, while fellow new recruit Rhys Murphy pulled out before the match with tonsilitus.

The Glovers - in the midst of an injury crisis with ten players out - handed a debut to youngster Ollie Bassett up front. At 17 years, six months and 13 days old, he became their youngest ever player to feature in the Football League.

After just two minutes, the home side had the first chance as Barnard held the ball up and put it wide to Roarie Deacon, who eventually crossed back to the Reds forward, but he could only toe it wide.

At the other end, Liam Donnelly looked grateful as he accidently headed a Cornick cross back towards his own goal and it went narrowly over the bar.

On ten minutes, a Glovers move down the left saw captain Nathan Smith drive down the right and Ryan Bird put his free header just wide of the left-hand post.

The visitors had a glorious chance to take the lead on 14 minutes as Jon Ashton missed a simple clearance from a ball over the top and Bird went through one-on-one with Freddie Woodman, but somehow placed wide.

Ashton then had Woodman to thank moments later as a weak headed back-pass was run onto by Cornick, but he fired straight at the Reds stopper.

After a sloppy period, a moment of magic revitalised the game as Cornick produced a stunning strike for his third goal of the season.

The winger was allowed too much time on the left and he cut in before beautifully curling into the top corner from 25 yards.

He was allowed too much time on the left of the area and he curls into the top corner from 25 yards.

Reds tried to get back on level terms as Luke Rooney turned and shot wide in the box, while Barnard headed a dropping ball close to the goal line against the post.

Crawley ended the half brightly with plenty of possesion in the Yeovil half, but often the wrong pass or decision prevented them from troubling visiting stopper Artur Krysiak.

Young was introduced for Conor Henderson at the break and the home side should have been level inside a minute.

Skipper Sonny Bradley on the stretch somehow put wide from a Rooney free-kick as he arrived unmarked at the far post.

On the hour mark, Bradley again was left unmarked at the far post and his header from Rooney’s corner crashed back off the crossbar.

Reds had shouts for a penalty waved away on 68 minutes as Christian Scales jinxed into the box and was up-ended by a good challenge from Connor Roberts.

Cornick had the chance to kill it off with seven minutes left as he spun Ashton on the touchline and then broke past Bradley to go through one-on-one, but with Scales getting back he fired straight at Woodman.

Reds meanwhile continued to make bad decisions in the final third as Jimmy Smith opted to try and tee-up Bawling than shoot and the chance was gone.

Crawley: Woodman, Donnelly, Ashton, Bradley, Scales, Walton (Jenkins 72), Smith, Henderson (Young 45), Rooney, Barnard, Deacon (Bawling 59). Unused subs: Preston.

Yeovil: Krysiak, Smith, Dolan, Arthurworrey, Sokolik, Bird, Cornick, Roberts, Wakefield, Howells, Bassett (Gibbons 73). Unused subs: Weale, Allen, Beck, Melanson.

Attendance: 2,112 (287).

Referee: Ben Toner.