Crawley Town 3 Leyton Orient 0: Magical 11-minute treble brings Reds rare home win

Crawley Town's Enzio Boldewijn celebrates scoring Reds' third goal against Leyton  Orient.
Picture by PW Sporting Photography
Crawley Town's Enzio Boldewijn celebrates scoring Reds' third goal against Leyton Orient. Picture by PW Sporting Photography
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Crawley Town gained their first home since January thanks to three first half goals from free-kicks.

In an extraordinary 11-minute spell, Reds scored three goals all from free-kicks by James Collins, Joe McNerney and Enzio Boldewijn.

Crawley Town's Andre Blackman congratulates Enzio Boldewijn for scoring Reds' third goal against Leyton  Orient.
Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Crawley Town's Andre Blackman congratulates Enzio Boldewijn for scoring Reds' third goal against Leyton Orient. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

The victory was Reds' first home win in seven matches, ending a miserable run at the Checkatrade Stadium.

Collins gave Reds the lead in the 23rd minute when he headed home a Josh Payne free-kick.

McNerney made it 2-0 in similar style, also nodding in a set-piece delivered by Payne.

As this wasn't enough Crawley went 3-0 ahead four minutes later when a long-range free-kick by Andre Blackman bounced and was flicked in over 'keeper Sam Sargeant's head off the post by Boldewijn.

Crawley Town's James Collins scores Reds' opening goal against Leyton  Orient.
Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Crawley Town's James Collins scores Reds' opening goal against Leyton Orient. Picture by PW Sporting Photography

Jimmy Smith volleyed a ball from a Lewis Young throw-in which was comfortably gathered by Sargeant.

Collins combined with substitute Billy Clifford to create a chance for Rhy Murphy which the keeper stopped.

Former Orient star Dean Cox came off the bench to replacing Boldewijn for the last ten minutes, giving him a chance to say goodbye to the visiting fans after he left the club hurriedly in September.

The second half was forgettable apart from a couple of chances by Boldewijn which went close plus others by Payne and Murphy as Reds ended up comfortably winners.

A sunny Checkatrade Stadium before the game started.

A sunny Checkatrade Stadium before the game started.

REDS: Morris, Young, Payne, Boldewijn (Cox 79), Smith (capt), Blackman (Lelan 72), Yorwerth, Collins, McNerney, Djalo (Clifford 57), Murphy

Unused subs: Mersin, Harrold, Bawling, Henderson

ORIENT: Seargeant, Kennedy, Kelly (capt), Parkes (Mezague 12), Massey, Atangana (Ochieng 81), Hunt, Semedo, Koroma (Liburd 61), Judd, Alzate

Unused subs: Grainger, Moncur, Clark, Abrahams

REFEREE: Trevor Kettle

ATTENDANCE: 2,918 (792 away)

MAN OF THE MATCH: James Collins.