Tubbs hat-trick seals FA Cup heartache for Redbridge
FA Cup second round: Crawley Town 5 Redbridge 0
Matt Tubbs broke Redbridge hearts with a hat-trick to seal Crawley’s place in the third round of the FA Cup after a 5-0 win at the Broadfield Stadium against Terry Spillane’s side.
Crawley dominated from the off in this tie, and only wayward shooting stopped the hosts from taking an early lead then they did.
Redbridge had done well to hold them at bay but on the half hour mark midfielder Dan Trenkel brought down Kyle McFadzean in the area and referee Steve Rushton pointed to the spot.
The visitors keeper Adam Rafis guessed the right way but couldn’t stop the excellent strike from the much sought after striker.
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And the former Salisbury City front man made it two after 36 minutes with another fine effort from the edge of the area.
Redbridge lacked a major presence throughout the half but could have pulled one back going into the half-time break when Ben Bradbury found space and put a cross through but Nathan Gordon shot into the side netting from the tightest of angles at the back post.
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It was the visitors who started brighter in the second half and on two occasions should have pulled a goal back through Dean Howell’s lack of concentration at right back.
Gardner firstly dispossessed Howell and instead of laying off to Bradbury who was waiting to score into an empty goal, Gardner’s effort went wide of the mark.
And then James Robinson almost profited from another error from Howell, but his shot was deflected behind for a corner.
Those misses were all the more costly when Tubbs sealed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Vinnie Durrant brought down Tyrone Barnett in the area after 79 minutes, with Durrant also shown a red card in the process
This time Tubbs sent Rafis - who had early denied the prolific forward with a fine save - the wrong way to seal his first hat-trick of the season.
After that the life had run out of the Motormen and Crawley scored twice late on through Andy Drury and with the last kick of the game, McFadzean to seal an emphatic, but harsh scoreline on Terry Spillane’s side.
Cheered on by 264 fans from Redbridge, they can be proud of their effort in getting to this stage, and hopefully despite the scoreline, enjoyed the occasion.
Redbridge: Rafis, Durrant, Haywood, Golby, Turpin, Bradbury (Hepburn 82), Gordon, Dark (Hopkins 76), Trenkel, Gardner, Robinson (Murray 66). Subs: Wood, St Hilaire, Das, Wooten.
Attendance: 2494 (264 from Redbridge).