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Crewe FC claim Cheshire League top spot with win at Denton
8:00am Thursday 17th October 2013 in Sport
CREWE FC claimed top spot in the Cheshire League Division One with a convincing win at struggling Denton on Saturday.
The hosts are yet to earn a point this campaign and Crewe’s dominance was such that they were disappointed to depart with only four goals.
However, a Josh Rowley double and goals for Matt Pearson and Nath Southern sealed three points for Carl Everall’s outfit.
The boss took the chance to rest captain Steve McNicholl, Josh Brehaut and Chris Jackson while PJ Hudson was on representative duty with the Cheshire League side – a game played at Crewe’s home, the Cumberland Arena.
The visitors started strongly and Pearson and Southern combined from the off, before sending veteran Steve Parker through after five minutes only to see his shot rebound off the post.
Despite failing to get off the mark in the league, Denton were looking dangerous on the counter attack and their tricky left winger proved a handful for Ethan Tizard at right back.
But Crewe were the ones to find the breakthrough, Pearson’s delivery glanced into the back of the net by the head of Southern for the visitors to enter the break a goal up.
Crewe doubled their lead on 56 minutes when clever interplay between player-manager Everall and Andy Parkinson set Rowley away for the midfielder to lash home from 18 yards.
The youngster, continuing an impressive return to form, then grabbed his second and Crewe’s third when he latched on to a Pearson cross.
The visitors appeared to be cruising, but a lapse in concentration allowed Denton to pull one back with seven minutes remaining, the hosts’ central midfielder beating Crewe stopper Wes Newton from 30 yards.
Denton’s reply sparked Crewe back into life and substitute Andy Jackson twice went close but saw his efforts blocked by the home side’s keeper.
The visitors did find a fourth, however, when Pearson crushed any Denton hopes of a late comeback by rounding the keeper and tapping into an empty net in the final minute.
The victory propelled Crewe above previous league leaders Knutsford, who had a free weekend due to representative call-ups, where they sit two points clear having played a game more.