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Crewe post big win to stay clear at top of Cheshire Football League
9:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
Crewe FC 4 Denton 0
CREWE maintained their lead at the top of the Cheshire Football League One with an emphatic victory over struggling Denton at the Cumberland Arena.
The highlight was undoubtedly a goal from goalkeeper Wes Newton, who left his opposite number staring in disbelief after smashing in a free kick from his own half and into the top corner.
It was their sixth consecutive league victory, their second in three weeks against the division’s bottom club, and helped them stay two points ahead of current champions Knutsford having played a game more.
But manager Carl Everall will not allow his side to rest on their laurels now they have a slender advantage, even against third-bottom Pilkington Recs, who visit on Saturday, kick off 2pm.
“Its important the lads keep pushing and inspiring to be better,” he said.
“Winning games in the Cheshire league is always difficult, but six on the bounce shows real excellence.”
“Pilkington on Saturday will be another touch test, as they will be buzzing after picking up a point at high-flying Barnton, so we will have to be at our best.
“We must keep pushing our standard higher, too, as we visit Knutsford in a fortnight and that is a game that could dictate how realistic our charge is.”
Crewe approached the Denton match with cautious optimism having beaten the win-less strugglers 4-1 just a fortnight earlier, but also looking to banish the memory of shipping four goals to lower league Moore United the previous week.
Recalls for PJ Hudson and Chris Jackson, Ant Tinsley and Ethan Tizard proved to be the right decision, with Hudson and Jackson combining for the game’s first effort on goal.
In fact, Hudson was the architect for the opener when he glided by two standing defenders before firing a cross along the 6 yard line for Matthew Pearson to tap in.
That opened the floodgates, as the prolific Ant Tinsley smashed home a corner to make it 2-0 before a bizarre passage of play saw goalkeeper Wes Newton smash a free kick into the top corner from his own half.
Stephen McNichol, Nathan Tickle and Ben Burrow replaced Hudson, Carr and Jackson at the break and it was Burrow who helped complete the scoring, his cross setting up Southern’s header to make it 4-0.
Crewe: Josh Brehaut, Ian Carr, Carl Everall, Paul Hudson, Christopher Jackson, Wesley Newton, Matthew Pearson, Joshua Rowley, Nathan Southern, Athony Tinsley, Ethan Tizard. Subs: Benjamin Burrow, Stephen McNichol, Nathan Tickle.
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