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Crewe FC maintain unbeaten start
9:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
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CREWE FC maintained an unbeaten start to their Cheshire League Division One season with a draw at Eagle Sports on Saturday after beating Middlewich in midweek.
Chris Jackson opened the scoring for the visitors before Owen Ellis levelled after an hour, but an injury to Nathern Southern overshadowed a hard-earned point.
The striker – who turned down moves to Evo-Stick sides in the summer – landed awkwardly and was taken to hospital after suffering a broken ankle.
“It seemed to have shocked the team and we never got back to the same standard,” said player-manager Carl Everall.
“Knowing Eagle would be one of the hardest places to go after losing 6-0 there last season, we had to be on top of our game and I asked the lads to play with confidence, no fear and get off on the front foot.
“We were gutted to lose two points, but also see it as a great point gained and two from Eagle which could be vital come the end of the season.”
Everall set his side up with three forwards and it was Jackson who let fly from 30 yards and watched his shot loop into the top corner after a slight deflection.
Both sides came into the game with 100 percent records and, despite Crewe dominating the first half, Eagle could have levelled when they headed over from close range.
The in-form Southern’s injury on the stroke of half time made things difficult for the visitors, but Everall and assistant Luke Goddard looked like holding firm until Ellis’ equaliser.
Crewe were forced to fight off Eagle’s siege following the goal and had Wes Newton to thank when the keeper pulled off a fantastic penalty save.
Crewe overcame a young Middlewich Town side in midweek, Southern, Everall and Matt Pearson securing the visitors three points.