Stevenage Borough 1 Crawley Town 0

Last updated : 18 October 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Stevenage continued their progress towards the Conference play-off zone with this comfortable win over a disappointing Crawley side.

Indeed with just two shots on target in the entire match the visitors never looked likely to threaten the home side.

Stevenage began in the manner in which they continued when they hit the woodwork on just three minutes. Brian Quailey seeing a header cannon off the bar while Dino Maamria was unable to force home the rebound.

Stevenage began to apply the pressure and Dannie Bulman came close with a header just over on eight minutes.

The home side had appeared to have gone ahead when George Boyd fired in a spectacular effort on 17 minutes. But the goal was controversially disallowed for offside and Stevenage appeared unable to make the breakthrough.

Just as Crawley appeared to be holding the home team at bay, Stevenage finally took the lead and it came from a spectacular effort from striker Anthony Elding who, with his back to goal, flipped the ball over his head and past keeper Phil Smith.

Stevenage took the lead into the half-time break and appeared the only side who would score again in the second half as Elding, Quailey and substitute Criag McAllister all came close to adding the decisive second.

For their part Crawley saw Charlie MacDonald head a close-range effort at Stevenage keeper Andy Woodman, while a glancing header wide from striker Danny Davidson was as close as the disappointing visitors came in the second half.