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Malbon impressed with Crewe FC start
CREWE FC marched on in the Cheshire Amateur Cup on Saturday and coach Craig Malbon believes a so far successful season has seen the squad showing maturity beyond their years.
Crewe reached the third round at the expense of Moore United in a 10-goal thriller thanks to Nathan Southern’s hat-trick and strikes from Ben Burrow, Josh Brehaut and Matt Pearson.
Crewe also top the Cheshire League Division One and Malbon, who joined the Cumberland Arena outfit’s coaching staff in the summer, is impressed by their start.
“There’s a great team spirit in the camp,” said the UEFA licensed coach. “It’s as though this squad have been together for years.
“It’s important we now get back to the league in style and take another three points. I’ve been impressed with the standard of football so far.
“We've got 18 league games left, though, and two cup competitions. Realistically, we've given ourselves a great start.”
With a playing career spanning Crewe Alexandra, Biddulph Vics and Alsager Town, Malbon has featured several times for FC this season but occupied a spot on the bench for the Moore clash.
“We were full of confidence after recent league form and unquestionably went into the game as hot favourites,” added the Manchester United affiliated coach.
“For the duration of the first half we proved to be superior and Moore’s goalkeeper was kept busy, but even a string of good saves was not enough to prevent our dominance.”
A trio of Southern strikes and a well-worked Brehaut goal put the hosts in control, but a mixed second period saw Burrow’s 30-yard chip and Pearson’s late effort overshadowed by four Moore goals.
“It was difficult to pick fault in the performance at half time,” added Malbon. “Carl Everall had asked his players to remain focussed, but the second period presented a very different complexion.
“Crewe appeared to have lost their discipline and defensively lacked the balance present during the first half.
“However, we showed the required character and despite being frustrated by the second half performance are pleased to be in the hat for the next round.”
Boss Everall added: “There are clearly aspects of this performance we will take away and work on.
“We have to remain positive as our winning run has continued, we are through to the next round and I have been able to rotate the squad in order to have a look at some different options.”