Crawley Town eased to a 2-0 victory over League Two new boys Salford City.

The visitors’ first Football League awayday ended in disappointment as Gabriele Cioffi’s Reds gave them a torrid afternoon at The People’s Pension Stadium.

Salford struggled to contain Reds and could easily have been two or three down at the break.

Bez Lubala slotted home a 36th-minute penalty after defender Jordan Tunnicliffe was clipped by Carl Piergianni.

The opening goal followed concerted pressure by the Reds in a dominant first half.

Central defender Tom Dallison headed against the bar from a Nathan Ferguson free-kick, although the assistant’s flag was raised.

The former Albion defender was then unlucky not to put the hosts ahead when his flying volley cannoned back off the face of the woodwork on the half-hour.

But Salford’s reprieve was short-lived as Tunnicliffe forced the foul for the spot-kick, which was coolly converted by Lubala as he sent Chris Neal the wrong way.

The Reds made it 2-0 ten minutes after the break when Nathan Ferguson rifled home after being teed up by an Ollie Palmer pass.

Richie Towell had a great chance to pull one back for Salford but pulled his 68th minute shot wide after racing away from the Reds defence when he had support in the middle for a simple tap-in.

And a Towell free-kick almost led to a goal but Piergianni’s header came off a post.

But Crawley finished in total control with Neal the far busier keeper as last-ditch defending prevented the hosts adding to the scoreline.

Sub Palmer dipped a shot over the bar in stoppage time just moments after a slick move had worked acres of space but the Reds over-elaborated and failed to test the keeper.