Vital Football

Latest Crewe Alexandra News

Westwood The Star As Crewe Steal Win

Westwood The Star As Crewe Steal Win

Two goals from young Ashley Westwood set the Alex on their way to their fifth home win of the season, beating Northampton 3-2.

Simon Walton also got his first for the club, and the winning goal, with a spectacular volley from the edge of the penalty area.

It was a perfectly planted Westwood free kick into the bottom right corner just 16 minutes into the game that gave Crewe a deserved early lead.

It gave Northampton, who had just lost their 13 match unbeaten run a week earlier, a jolt back into the game and they soon started to take the gave to the Railwaymen. As the first half entered stoppage time, static defending from the Alex allowed the Cobblers a passage right back into the game. Gilligan was allowed time and space to place the ball from the edge of the area.

There seemed to be few wise words from Dario at half time as his side stuttered at the start of the second half. Steve Phillips was called upon throughout the game to make a few spectacular saves.

He could do nothing as Northampton took the lead. Crewe's latest bogey player Akinfenwa this time taking advantage as the Alex defence kept their distance.

The Cobblers' lead lasted just 10 minutes as cometh the hour, cometh of the man. Westwood stole the ball off a Northampton midfielder deep inside Alex's half and started a move that ultimately led to Bailey crossing for Westy to fire home his second of the game.

And the win was sealed 3 minutes later as Crewe ran rampant. Simon Walton, on a season's long loan from Plymouth, netted his first in red as his dipping volley from the edge of the area gave the Cobblers keeper no chance.

The final twenty minutes of the game offered up plenty of action. Most notably was Northampton's appeal for a goal as Harry Worley headed it 'off' the line and onto his own post, Danny O'Donnell eventually clearing the ball for safety. At the time it seemed only the referee and linesman had not seen the goal but closer inspection on TV replays suggest that the officials, for once, were correct.

It's not to say that Crewe fluked their way to three points however. Both keepers got worked as the final whistle approached, Phillips pulled off some fantastic saves whilst Westwood just needed a cooler head to have completed his hat-trick.

There was relief as the referee blew for full time, confirmed our second win in as many games. Still sitting 14th we are still very much outside of the play-off race, but with four very winnable games approaching in the next few weeks maybe there is one last chance to claim 7th spot?



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Dink
Date:Sunday February 21 2010
Time: 6:54PM

Best of Vital Network

Login to post a comment

Recent Crewe Alexandra Articles

Crewe Alex: Defensive Duties

Josh Ravenscroft talks back line

Crewe Alex: Winning Formula

Zach Homer is back. He talks about a winning formula that will fire us to success

Football League Rule Out B Teams (23/9/16)

The Football League, or EFL for those who like pointless rebrands, have now compiled the initial responses from the 72 clubs under their umbrella...

Crewe Alex: Credit Where It's Due

Steven Dale's pretty happy. Read on for more

Archived Vital Crewe Articles

Vital Crewe articles from

Site Journalists

Nicky Crompton
Editor email
Profile
Ross Menhennet
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are Crewe stronger than this time last season?
Suggested By: Vital Crewe
Yes37%
No63%

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 10 7 1 2 22 6
2 Luton 10 5 2 3 17 8
3 Doncaster 10 5 2 3 17 7
4 Portsmouth 10 5 2 3 17 7
5 Notts County 10 5 2 3 17 3
6 Grimsby 10 5 1 4 16 3
7 Carlisle 10 3 7 0 16 3
8 Crewe 10 4 4 2 16 0
9 Morecambe 10 5 1 4 16 -2
10 Colchester 10 4 3 3 15 2
11 Accrington 10 4 3 3 15 1
12 Crawley 10 4 3 3 15 -1
13 Blackpool 10 3 4 3 13 4
14 Mansfield 10 3 4 3 13 -1
15 Hartlepool 10 2 6 2 12 -4
16 Leyton Orient 10 3 2 5 11 -2
17 Barnet 9 2 5 2 11 -2
18 Stevenage 10 3 2 5 11 -3
19 Wycombe 10 3 2 5 11 -3
20 Yeovil 10 3 1 6 10 -5
21 Cambridge 10 2 3 5 9 -6
22 Exeter 10 3 0 7 9 -7
23 Cheltenham 10 1 5 4 8 -3
24 Newport 9 1 3 5 6 -5
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Crewe Alexandra Results (view all)

Crewe Alexandra Fixtures (view all)

Oct 1 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 8 2016 3:00PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 15 2016 3:00PM : Notts County (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 22 2016 3:00PM : Yeovil Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Leyton Orient (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Plymouth Argyle (H)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.DerekS2
2.Nicky Crompton1