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Crewe FC fall at League Cup first hurdle
6:50am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in Sport
CREWE FC were dumped out of the JB Parker League Cup at the first hurdle at Greenalls on Saturday.
The visitors were looking for a fourth consecutive win, but second half Josh Brehaut and Nath Southern goals were not enough to stop Greenalls progressing.
Crewe allowed the hosts opportunities to take the lead early on, but Robbie Hanley was unable to convert when one-on-one and Craig Hoyland struck the bar directly from a free kick.
The breakthrough came on 26 minutes, Danny Topping’s dead ball was headed back across goal by Neil Sutch for Hanley to thrash home from eight yards.
Greenalls doubled their lead before the break, a surge down the left took Lee Vaughan past two defenders and his flick was handled in the box by Pete Williams allowing Hoyland to convert from the spot.
Crewe threatened to stage a comeback with a spell of pressure before the break, but PJ Hudson fired wide from five yards after collecting Matt Pearson’s pass.
The visitors then created a number of half chances via the dangerous Pearson, but were unable to trouble the Greenalls stopper.
Following the interval, Greenalls extended their lead when substitute Chris Rogers’ ball was gathered by Paul Benns, who cut back for Topping to lash left footed into the roof of the net.
Crewe, on the back of wins against the division’s top two Garswood United and Knutsford, enjoyed a 20-minute spell of pressure and clawed one back through Brehaut’s long range effort.
The defender strode forward into the opposition half before unleashing a thunderous drive into the top corner from 20 yards.
Crewe had rediscovered their usual attractive style of football after the break and looked like getting their reward as they pressed forward, despite Hoyland’s effort beating Wes Newton at the other end and rebounding off the crossbar.
And the visitors made sure a nervy finish ensued for Greenalls when Southern slotted high into the far corner past hosts’ keeper Chris Kiernan after a neat one-two with Brehaut.
However, Hanley completed the victory for Greenalls in added time, forcing an error in the Crewe defence and curling into the top left corner.
Crewe face Greenalls again on Saturday at the Cumberland Arena as they look to continue their impressive run of Cheshire League form.