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Reds return to winning ways with victory over Accrington Stanley at the Broadfield Stadium

11 November 2023

The Reds returned to winning ways this afternoon at the Broadfield Stadium coming back from a goal down to beat Accrington Stanley 3-1 with Danilo Orsi scoring a brace. 

Jack Nolan opened the scoring for the visitors in the second minute rifling the ball home from close range as the travelling side got off to the perfect start.

However, their lead lasted mere minutes as Danilo Orsi was on hand to level the scores with just eight minutes played. The striker was one-on-one with Stanley keeper Jon McCracken – who recently signed on an emergency loan from Championship side Norwich city – and calmly slotted it past him to restore parity in the game.

Crawley then enjoyed the best of the action for a while after equalising, and went close to taking the lead through striker Klaidi Lolos, but his header was put straight at the keeper.

Following an exceptionally fast start, the first half was a largely cagey affair with little in the way of goalmouth action, or any clear cut chances for either side. With 37 minutes on the clock, Nick Tsaroulla wove his way into the Accrington box but his ball across the box unfortunately went begging with no-one at the other end to steer it in.

The second half of the game burst into life much like the first. Will Wright picked up the ball in midfield, advanced forward and crashed home a piledriver of a strike from long range. It was quite simply the perfect manner in which Crawley could have taken the lead.

Reds extended their well-earned lead with 75 minutes on the clock, having been awarded a penalty after Brad Hills was sent off for a foul on Danilo Orsi. The striker picked himself up and was duly on hand to convert his second goal of the game. The Ors was certainly hungry today!

The remainder of the game was seen out in a measured and consummate fashion by Crawley who were once again able to keep their opponents at arm’s length in the closing stages of a game. The result sees Crawley climb to 11th in the League Two table with a trip to Barrow on the horizon a week Saturday. 

REDS XI: Ashby-Hammond, Tsaroulla (Darcy 90'), Maguire, Wright, Williams, Gordon, Gladwin (c), Kelly, Lolos, Campbell (Adeyemo 80'), Orsi

Attendance: 2,887 (149 away)

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