Reds clip Gulls’ wings to go top of League Two

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Crawley maintained their impressive start in League Two as a 3-1 win at Torquay kept the pre-season promotion favourites top of the table.

Scott Davies scored a long-range effort after only four minutes to put Crawley ahead before Charlie Wassmer and Josh Simpson scored a minute either side of half-time to put the visitors 3-0 ahead.

Torquay midfielder Lee Mansell pulled a goal back but it proved to be little more than a consolation for the Gulls.

Two penalties from Danny Kedwell also kept Gillingham’s early season form intact as they were comfortable 3-0 winners against 10-man Plymouth.

The game was goalless until the 73rd minute when Plymouth’s Ben Gibson was sent off for deliberate handball and Kedwell converted the resulting spot-kick.

Luke Rooney made sure of the points with four minutes remaining before Kedwell scored his second penalty deep into stoppage time after a foul on Charlie Lee by Simon Walton.

Shrewsbury also beat 10 men as goals from Sean McAllister and Nicky Wroe earned them a 2-0 win over Crewe who had Nick Powell dismissed and remain bottom of the league.

Hereford picked up their first point of the season as they drew 1-1 at Wimbledon. Veteran striker Delroy Facey gave Hereford the lead in the eighth minute but Jack Midson equalised.

Port Vale recorded an impressive 4-1 win over Accrington with all of the Vale goals coming in the first half.

Sean Rigg opened the scoring in the 19th minute and the lead was doubled when Gary Roberts scored a free-kick four minutes later. A Tom Pope header and a second from Rigg had the game wrapped up at half-time with Peter Murphy pulling back a late goal for Accrington. A Jon Nurse goal gave Dagenham a 1-0 win over Bradford while Morecambe won 2-0 at home to Aldershot thanks to goals from Kevin Ellison and Lewis Alessandra.

Two goals from James Constable handed Oxford United their first away victory at arch rivals Swindon Town in 38 years yesterday. Swindon boss Paolo di Canio was sent to the stands in the second half after disputing an offside decision.