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Crewe FC enjoy brief stint as Cheshire League leaders after Greenalls win
Crewe FC 4
Greenalls PSO 1
CREWE FC shot to the top of the Cheshire League Division One with a convincing victory against Greenalls PSO at the Cumberland Arena on Saturday.
The hosts’ early kick off meant they only topped the table for two hours, however, but a Steve McNicholl double and goals from Ant Tinsley and PJ Hudson kept them right among the title challengers.
Crewe had faced Greenalls a week previous and crashed out of the Division One Cup in a 4-2 defeat, but with first team regulars returning the hosts started strongly.
Player-manager Carl Everall slid Chris Jackson in and the attacker’s cross was handled by a Greenalls defender, allowing skipper McNicholl to convert from the spot.
Pearson went close himself moments later when his shot was palmed away, before Hudson was dispossessed by a last ditch tackle.
Despite Crewe’s pressure, their missed chances proved costly when Greenalls levelled on 20 minutes.
The equaliser gave the Warrington outfit renewed hope and Crewe’s centre back partnership of Tinsley and Luke Goddard were forced to stand firm.
Crewe appeared to step the tempo up after the break, but inform Matt Pearson and Ethan Tizard were unable to find a breakthrough.
This prompted Everall to turn to an experienced bench of Steve Parker and former Witton Albion man Andy Parkinson.
Shortly after the duo’s arrival a Greenalls back pass was under hit and McNicholl pounced for his second of the game – a goal that makes the holding midfielder Crewe’s top scorer this campaign.
The captain soon turned provider when his corner found Tinsley, who smashed home from close range.
Man-of-the-match Pearson then made way for summer signing Andy Jackson who impressed leading the line in his short spell.
The Cumberland outfit still had time for a fourth, however, as substitute Parkinson threaded a ball between the Greenalls defence allowing Hudson to round the keeper and slot home for four.
The win sent Crewe top of the league for a couple of hours, before Knutsford beat Garswood United to return to the summit on Saturday afternoon, but Everall’s side remain only one point off the pace.