Crawley maintain momentum

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Crawley's debut season in npower League Two continued to get better as the new boys came from behind to see off 10-man Dagenham & Redbridge and retain top spot.

The Daggers had snatched a ninth-minute lead through Oliver Lee but the game turned Crawley's way when Scott Doe was sent off in the 17th minute for a foul on Matthew Tubbs.

Tubbs equalised with the resulting penalty and further goals from Sergio Torres and Jon-Paul Pittman gave Crawley a 3-1 win which maintained their two-point advantage over second-placed Southend.

Paul Sturrock's Shrimpers had no problems seeing off struggling Barnet 3-0 at Underhill. Ryan Hall and Bilel Mohsni scored in the first half and Neil Harris added a late third after Barnet's Darren Dennehy had been dismissed.

Shrewsbury were the night's biggest beneficiaries as they jumped three places from sixth to third after Tom Bradshaw's 28th minute goal was enough to maintain the Shrews' superb home record with a 1-0 win over Accrington.

Cheltenham, who started the night in third, went down to a Harry Davis penalty at home to Crewe, while Morecambe blew a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 at home to Rotherham, for whom Gareth Evans and Alex Revell scored in the second half.

Gillingham also failed to capitalise as they crashed 2-0 at Swindon, for whom Matt Ritchie opened the scoring 10 minutes from time and Jonathan Smith added the second in injury time.

AFC Wimbledon's bad run continued as they were hammered 4-0 at Torquay, for whom Rene Howe scored twice, while Port Vale cruised to a 3-0 win at Bristol Rovers with goals from Marc Richards, Doug Loft and Sean Rigg.

The season continues to get worse for rock-bottom Plymouth, who collapsed to a 5-1 defeat at Oxford, for whom Robert Hall and James Constable both scored twice.

Fellow strugglers Hereford claimed a surprise 3-1 win at Northampton, while a 66th minute penalty from Lewis Chalmers was enough to edge Macclesfield past Bradford at Moss Rose.

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