A late Simon Walton penalty saw Crawley Town edge out York City with a 1-0 victory in League Two this afternoon.
Reds made it four wins from their last five and poured more misery on struggling York City with the midfielder’s 86th-minute spot kick.
Skipper Sonny Bradley went down under a soft challenge from Eddie Nolan after a corner and referee Charles Breakspeared point straight to the spot.
Walton fired into the bottom right to see Crawley to the three points and help them climb up to 14th in the table after what was an entertaining encounter.
Mark Yates named an unchanged starting 11 and bench from the side that won at Hartlepool last Saturday in the early kick-off at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.
With the Minstermen parting company with manager Russ Wilcox during the week, taking charge in the away dugout was caretaker manager Richard Cresswell.
It was an all-action start as Rhys Murphy headed a Mitch Hancox cross just wide after 20 seconds, while at the other end former Reds striker Emile Sinclair’s teasing cross from the right was put wide by Vadine Oliver from close range.
A James Berrett cross from the left was headed behind by Jimmy Smith before Bryn Morris could get to it on eight minutes, while a Gwion Edwards ball into the visitor’s box got the same treatment, Rhys Murphy had a shot blocked and Matt Harrold blazed over in quick succession.
Reds stopper Darryl Flahavan was first called into action midway through the half as he was down well and quickly to stop Berrett’s snap shot from 12 yards.
The best chance of the opening period fell to Morris from a delightful Oliver pass, he split the defence and the former went through one on one, but dragged horribly across goal and wide.
Flahavan pulled off a smart blocked save with his legs shortly after as Oliver’s effort came at him from close range and at pace from a corner to the near post.
The home side had the first chance of the second half as a quick Simon Walton free-kick found Murphy on the far side and he showed great skill to beat his man before floating just wide, but should have pulled it back for Jimmy Smith.
On 58 minutes, York stopper Scott Flinders pulled over an incredible save to push over Shamir Fenelon’s volley after Smith headed down a Edwards cross to the far post.
York’s Oliver spurned a glorious chance as he headed over from close range despite being unchallenged from a delightful Marvin McCoy cross, while with 15 minutes left to play, Murphy curled onto the top of the York net from out wide.
In the 83nd minute, Fenelon looked to have broken the deadlock after a lovely pass from Murphy put him through one on one, but he couldn’t lift the ball over Flinders, who blocked well.
But it was to be Reds’ day as Bradley went down in the closing stages and Walton converted the spot kick to give the home side their third straight home win.
Crawley: Flahavan, Young, Yorwerth, Bradley, Hancox, Fenelon (Deacon 87), Smith, Walton, Edwards, Harrold (Barnard 90+2), Murphy. Unused subs: Subs: Scales, Rooney, Preston, Ashton, Jenkins.
York: Flinders, McCoy, Nolan, Lowe, Itesanmi, Coulson, Morris, Collins, Berrett, Sinclair (Turner 76), Oliver. Unused subs: Straker, Winfield, Platt, Turner, Godfrey, Tutonda, Ingham.
Attendance: 1,950 (226 York).
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