Crawley 3 – 1 Colchester

Ashley Nadesan scored twice with two heads while Crawley shed light on a three-week suspension to comfortably beat Colchester 3-1 at Broadfield Stadium.

It is the first time in over a year that Crawley has scored more than two goals in a league game at home.

Colchester, who have returned to the field after four consecutive postponements, have recovered late but have failed to return to terms and have now failed to win any of their last seven away league games.

The visitors, looking for their first away goal since early September, threatened early and, after Tom Eastman turned heads to the side, Alan Judge was denied by Crawley goalkeeper Glenn Morris after being passed by Freddie Sears.

However, it was Crawley who first bled in the 15 minutes when a Tom Nichols cross found striker Nadesan at the near post and his header left goalkeeper Jake Turner no chance.

It fared best for the Reds eight minutes before half-time when a move involving James Tilley and Kwesi Appiah resulted in veteran defender Joel Lynch stabbing the ball home from close range.

Colchester had more ball possession early in the second half, but their defense was again breached in the 59th minute when Nadesan headed in his second goal from Appiah’s cross.

Midfielder Judge had a strong chance for the U, but his first time was held out by goalkeeper Morris with his legs.

Lynch came close to scoring his second goal when he put the ball in before Brendan Wiredu forced Morris to save on the other side.

Crawley midfielder Jack Powell kicked a free-kick into the crossbar before Colchester top scorer Freddie Sears, with his tenth goal of the season, scored a consolation goal from close range with 11 minutes remaining.

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