A makeshift Crawley Town line-up won 2-1 at Three Bridges at the Jubilee Field tonight.

Manager John Gregory included five trialists in a starting XI captained by Ryan Dickson on his return from an ankle injury which has sidelined him for the last two friendlies.

Another three hopefuls were among the four substitutes.

Among those given a run-out were centre-back Anthony Stewart, from Wycombe Wanderers, and former Fulham winger Charles Banya.

Kemoy Halton, Steve Burford and Matt Warren also started while Ricardo Penton, Harold Odametey and Bryan Delgardo came on as substitutes.

Former Crawley striker Allan Tait should have put Bridges ahead just before half-time when he latched on to Lee Carney’s through pass but hit the inside of the post before goalkeeper Raphael Spiegel clawed away the rebound.

Stewart broke the deadlock on 50 minutes with a precise close-range finish after Connor Essam hooked the ball across the area.

Halton – who was facing his former club – should have made it 2-0 on 55 minutes but put Burford’s inviting centre high over the bar.

Tait equalised with 17 minutes remaining when he converted Carney’s cross.

But Crawley grabbed a winner in the first minute of stoppage time with a simple finish from Burford after Bridges were outnumbered at the back.

Three Bridges: Thorp; Peauroux (sub Touray 60), Maxwell (sub Cooke 51), Brake, Whitehead (sub Leach 46); Lansdale, Carney, Crellin, Daniel (sub Pulling 65); Godfrey, Tait. Subs not used: Pollard.

Crawley: Spiegel; Bawling, Stewart, Essam, Dickson (sub Penton 46); O’Connor, Richefond, Warren (sub Odametey), Burford; Halton (sub Delgardo 59), Banya. Subs not used: Isaacs.