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Crewe FC assistant manager wants his side to bounce back from Linotype defeat
9:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in Sport
CREWE FC assistant manager Luke Goddard insists the club need an ‘immediate response’ to Saturday’s defeat at Linotype as they head into a tough spell of games.
A depleted Crewe outfit suffered their first league defeat of the season and now sit sixth in the Cheshire League Division One.
Crewe were without a number of first team regulars for the trip to Linotype but player and assistant Garwood is hoping to build on an otherwise positive start to the campaign.
“After a very disappointing result on Saturday, which can only be described as a no show, it’s vital we get an immediate response to build on what was an encouraging start to the new campaign,” he said.
“With huge matches coming up against Knutsford and two games against current leaders Garswood it will be key for us to pick up points to remain with a group of four or five that will break away over the coming weeks.”
Matt Pearson had a chance to break the deadlock in the first half, but he dragged his shot wide when one-on-one with the Linotype keeper.
The hosts opened the scoring early in the second half when a corner was met by the unmarked head of a Linotype forward, who nodded home from five yards out.
Crewe did have the ball in the net only for the linesman to raise his flag and minutes later Ben Burrows failed to convert from six yards.
However, with 10 minutes remaining Linotype doubled their lead in controversial fashion as Anthony Tinsley went down injured.
Crewe stopper Wes Newton advanced to attend to his teammate, but with no one stopping the play a Linotype midfielder lobbed the ball into the net from 30 yards.
It was a more successful home outing for Crewe in midweek when they put six past Division One strugglers Middlewich Town.
Josh Rowley opened the scoring 20 minutes in from Burrows’ measured delivery and forward Nath Southern added a second minutes later, rounding the keeper and tapping into an empty net.
Middlewich did manage to reduce the deficit, but Steve McNicholl drilled home from the spot and was gifted another chance to do so after Burrows was brought down in the area.
Crewe built on their three-goal lead after the break when Southern collected his second with a header from eight yards out, before Carl Everall completed the rout with his side’s sixth.