Crawley Town produced their biggest result of the season as they prevailed over league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers on Tuesday night thanks to first-half goals from strike pair Billy Clarke and Matt Tubbs.

Manager John Gregory named an identical side to the one that had beaten Colchester United 1-0 on Saturday. There were former players for both teams playing as Mark Connolly - who started his career at Molineux - started for the Reds and Leon Clarke - who had a short loan spell with Crawley in 2012 - came on as a first-half substitute for Wolves.

It was Crawley who threatened first as Josh Simpson was found by Tubbs but unfortunately the ball took a bobble as the captain shot, allowing theit to harmlessly fly into the stand. It was Simpson who was involved again a few minutes later, but his low driving cross was blocked out of harms way by a defender.

Crawley's goalmouth had been fairly quiet for the opening quarter as Wolves failed to create any real chances. However, in the 25th minute Wolves took the lead as James Henry picked up the ball and took a shot from 25-yards out.

He seemed to be in a harmless position but Reds' keeper Paul Jones misjudged the flight of the ball subsequently allowing it to clip in off the underside of the bar.

The lead didn't last long, though, as within a minute Crawley were back on level terms. Skipper Simpson was again involved as he slipped through some flimsy defending to set up Tubbs and although his shot was blocked, the ball fell kindly to Billy Clarke on the right-hand side of the six-yard and the striker firmly slotted home. 

Things only got better for Crawley as the half-hour mark passed. Wolves seemed shaken from conceding so quickly after going ahead and after more shoddy defending, Tubbs was played through as the goalkeeper - Carl Ikeme - ventured out of his goal allowing the striker to elegantly chip the ball and watch it float into the back of the empty net.

The sudden change in circumstances prompted a swift change for Wolves as ex-Reds' loanee Leon Clarke came on in place of Michael Jacobs. The change certainly injected new life into Wolves as they continued to keep Jones on his toes.

The 'keeper certainly made amends for his rare mistake earlier on in the match as he pulled off a fine reaction save to deny Clarke who had beaten the offside trap.

The second-half certainly picked up where it had left off tempo wise as Jones was called into action fairly quickly; turning a well-struck effort from first-half goalscorer Henry around the post. 

Gregory made his first and only change of the night nearing the 70th minute as goalscorer Tubbs was replaced by fellow striker Jamie Proctor. 

Jones was again called into action shortly afterward, this time keeping out a thunderous strike from Bakary Sako who was attempting to beat the 'keeper at his near post. 

In the midst all of this Crawley were still threatening the Wolves net and it could have been three if Simpson's shot was a few inches the other side of the post as the skipper's cheeky back-heel flick from Proctor's cross nearly rolled into the back of the net.

Entering the final 10 minutes, Crawley seemed to be satisfied with the lead and looked set to defend it as Billy Clarke slipped back into midfield, leaving Proctor to hassle Wolves' back four on his own. 

As the final minutes ticked down the volume from the Reds' support began to rise. Eyes began to dart anxiously between the scoreboard and the referee as Crawley fans began to yearn for the comforting sound of the final whistle; which when it came was greeted with a warm roar as Reds' fans rose together to congratulate their team on such a strong performance and arguably the best in the club's short league history.

It was a stern wake-up call for Wolves, who, prior to the match had only conceded one goal from open play in their past 11 matches. 

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