Crawley celebrate promotion with victory at The Lamb
09 April 2011
Crawley came to Tamworth knowing that if they did as good or better than Luton they would lift the title at The Lamb.
Des Lyttle was obviously hopeful that his side would put in a performance to secure some much needed points as the battle at the bottom continued.
Without Kyle Perry, out with a knee injury, and Daniel Bradley (suspended for the first of two games) Ben Wilkinson came in to the starting eleven in the only change from the previous weekends trip to Fleetwood which ended in a narrow defeat to the play off chasing side.
In glorious April sunshine, Tamworth started the game kicking upfield towards the massed Crawley fans but the visitors immediately won the ball in the centre circle and pushed on however Tamworth broke and Bradley chipped to the far post Farrell who nodded down looking for the run of Wilkinson. His path was blocked though and Crawley cleared from close range.
Simpson put a shot from 12 yards over the bar on 6 after a long throw wasn't cleared sufficiently and the ball pinballed around the box .
Thomas span the ball across the box on 9 but it was just too long for Lake-Gaskin at the far post and on 12 Farrell made space on the left wing and crossed into the box, but it was easy for Shearer to collect.
As Hayes and Yeading pushed The Lambs into 19th by virtue of a goal against Mansfield, Crawley won a corner which went straight out to Torres but his 15th minutes shot was way off target.
McAllister then ended a move down the right with a shot from distance which went into the terracing a mile off target.
On 18 Mitchell came out to punch the ball off the head of Simpson and on 19 Lake-gaskin conceded a corner, blocking Gibson's attempted cross. Smith headed the flag kick out for another on the other side which came to nothing as the ball dropped over the net (and was not a goal disallowed for offside as reported on the other press bench).
Marshall headed a Tubbs cross over his own bar to deny a Crawley chance and a left sided corner was headed well wide past the far post by McFadzean.
On 23 Wilkinson forced Shearer to drop his freekick and Tamworth tried to capitalise but the resulting over head kick from Wylde saw the Crawley keeper take the shot with ease.
While Hayes cemented their lead at Church Road Mitchell made a great stop from McAllister who tried a curling shot to the left hand post and the same player saw his shot cleared off the line by Thomas but the ball went back to Crawley and from the cross Tubbs glanced his header into the net (0-1, 26 mins)
News came from Kenilworth Road as Luton took the lead against Southport and Hayes scored another with The Lambs going in search of an equaliser but Tubbs tried to extend his sides lead on the half hour when he met a very long and high ball forward but couldn't keep his first time volley / lob down and cleared the bar.
The same player then turned exquisitely on the ball on the edge of the box and fired an angled drive across the face of goal just past the far post, with Mitchell seemingly beaten.
Mitchell caught the ball at the second attempt as Wassamer's powerful header deflected towards goal and Bulman fired a low drive at the Lambs keeper on 35 which he gathered.
Lake-Gaskin looked for someone in the box with a cross from the right on 41 but there wasn't anyone at the back of the penalty area. Crawley raced to the other end and won a corner which came to nothing and Luton extended their hold on the points at home to Southport.
Tait crossed and Thomas unluckily missed the target with a far post header under pressure on 44 which bounced down and over and wide of the mark as two minutes added time was shown.
Tait's ball in was then just missed by Farrell at head height and Thomas was forced to run the ball wide before the half time whistle blew.
Crawley restarted the game and in the 46th minute Tubbs rifled a shot across the face of the goal from the right of the box and a couple of minutes later Simpson got into a similar position and forced Mitchell to parry his right footed drive.
A Wilkinson freekick from the left side on 51 forced Shearer to punch the ball behind for a corner but it was headed away by Wassamer.
Barrow took the lead against Kettering as Sheridan came on for Wilkinson and a penalty was awarded when Wylde was adjudged to have tripped Simpson after Tubbs' short ball to his feet in a crowded area. Tubbs lined up the spot kick and slammed it home to send the visiting fans wild. (0-2, 59 mins)
The Grand National was underway as McAllisted placed a header wide of the near post and on 67 Mitchell punched clear twice under pressure, before Hendrie came on for Farrell.
Substitute Brodie went down on 72 under pressure from Wylde but the referee waved the claims away.
A third Barrow goal looked to be giving them the points as Crawley went in search of a third themselves.
Then The Lambs dropped into 20th place as Forest Green took the lead at home to Altrincham.
Tubbs fired high over the target after a well placed pull back into his path on the right of the box on 77 and at the other end a long goal kick bounced for Bradley but the ball wouldn't sit for him to take a shot at goal and then on the half way line Wylde was booked for a heavy tackle on and Gibson.
If the penalty hadn't already done it, on 84, Wassamer sealed victory and the title with a fine headed goal from a ball in from the right which gave Mitchell no chance. (0-3, 84 mins)
Sheridan picked up a booking for shirt pulling against Torres on 90 and three minutes added time was shown.
A head injury to Courtney added a few seconds to the visiting fans wait to celebrate which they duly did when the final whistle blew.
Mitchell L, Tait, Marshall, Courtney, Wylde, Thomas, Lake-Gaskin (Barrow 76), Bradley J, Smith C, Wilkinson (Sheridan 57), Farrell (Hendrie 69)
Subs: Mitchell A, Christie
Yellow Cards: Wylde 82, Sheridan 90
Crawley Town Team:
Shearer, Hunt (Smith 90), Torres, Tubbs, Simpson, McAllister (Brodie 70), Bulman, Gibson (Wilson 86), Wassamer, Howell, McFadzean
Subs: Jordan, Cook
Man of the Match: Chosen by Powell Steering Driving School: Mitchell
Referee: Mr. J. Simpson