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Reaseheath Review 19/04/17

In a slightly later than normal column looking at non-first team personal this week due to the Easter programme, we look at the final home game for the U23 team as they hosted Watford this afternoon as well as a busy period for our young players out on loan to non-league sides.

U23 - Crewe Alexandra 0-2 Watford
Late goals from substitute Ogo Obi and Dion Pereira for Watford ended the play-off dreams for the Crewe Alexandra Under-23 team for this season this afternoon at the Alexandra Stadium.

Crewe Alexandra made 3 changes from last Monday's 3-2 home win against Leeds with Billy Sass-Davies came in for Perry Ng at the back following Ng's first team involvement on Monday at Yeovil, Jamie Wilkinson came in at left back for Ryan Wintle (a move that saw Harry Pickering play in central midfield) and Alex Kiwomya coming in for Callum Ainley, another of those who started in the south-west. Watford make 2 changes from their 4-1 defeat at Bristol City last week with Dion Pereira coming into their team for Carl Stewart in midfield and Michael Folivi coming in up front for Obi.

The opening chance of the game came for the visitors on 6 minutes after a defensive mix-up between Crewe goalkeeper Andy Dawber and Sass-Davies saw the defender nod the ball past his keeper with Watford trialist Harvey Bradbury hitting the outside of the post on the stretch. The next chance came on 27 minutes with Max Ryan hitting a half-volley wide from a right-wing cross.

On the half hour mark, Folivi took a shot from the edge of the area which Dawber fumbled and turned over the bar at the second attempt after palming the ball backwards whilst the first chance from the hosts came 4 minutes from the break as a deep Ross Woodcock cross was volleyed by Callum Saunders whose outside of the foot volley was saved by Charlie Bannister in the Hornets goal.

That chance settled the hosts down and they could have leveled through Daniel Udoh who couldn't quite connect with a Pickering free-kick whilst Watford should have extended their lead on the stroke of half time with Bradbury heading wide from 8 yards out from a Ryan cross from the left.

A change at the break for the Railwaymen with Josh Lundstram coming on for Wilkinson, allowing Pickering to play in a more familiar position at left-back. Another chance fell the way of Bradbury but his left-footed drive was tipped away by Dawber for a corner. On the hour mark, Crewe made 2 substitutions with Lewis Reilly and Luke Walley coming on for Udoh and Kiwomya and David Sesay came on for Watford in place of Dennon Lewis before Watford hit the frame of the goal again with Folivi's effort deflected onto the bar by Sass-Davies.

Into the 69th minute where from a Crewe corner Watford got their next chance with Pereira's break down the right resulting in him picking out Folivi whose volley was blocked by teammate Bradbury, his last involvement as he was replaced by Obi. A rare Crewe chance came with 15 left on the clock as Pickering's right-wing cross following a short corner was headed goalwards by Charlie Kirk with Bannister making a brilliant save diving away to his right.

Into the final 10 minutes with Watford making their final change of the game with Adeyemo coming onto the field for Brandon Mason, who left the field of play with cramp, with Sesay moving to left-back. A couple of minutes later Watford took the lead as central defender Charlie Rowan brought the ball out of the defence with Dawber spilling his effort at goal allowing Obi to round him and Sass-Davies and finish from a tight angle. The second of the game came deep into stoppage time after a short corner was ran into the area by Folivi and finished off the inside of the post by the impressive Pereira.

Crewe finish their season at Bramall Lane next Monday night against Sheffield United (7pm kick-off).

Crewe (4-4-2): Dawber (c); Woodcock, Poscha, Sass-Davies, Wilkinson (Lundstram 46); Kirk, Pickering, Finney, Kiwomya (Walley 60); Udoh (Reilly 60), Saunders

Loan Report

Josh Lundstram - Sandbach United:
Tuesday - 90 mins & goal vs Eccleshall (3-1 win)
Thursday - 90 mins vs Ashton Town (1-0 win)
Saturday - 90 mins & goal vs FC Oswestry Town (4-1 win)
Monday - 90 mins vs Charnock Richard (3-1 loss)

They are away at Holkers Old Boys & Prestwich Heys on Saturday and Monday respectively.

Lewis Reilly - Radcliffe Borough:
Tuesday - 90 mins & 2 goals (c) vs Colwyn Bay (3-0 win)
Saturday - 90 mins (c) vs Brighouse Town (3-0 loss)
Monday - 90 mins vs Ramsbottom United (4-0 loss)

Their final league game is at home to Prescot Cables on Saturday.

Luke Walley - Whitchurch Alport:
Saturday - 90 mins vs Bacup (0-0)
Monday - 90 mins vs Litherland Remyca (2-1 loss)

They are away at AFC Blackpool on Saturday having already got at least a play-off spot.

Ross Woodcock - Alsager Town:
Tuesday - 90 mins vs Carlisle City (5-3 loss)
Saturday - Not involved vs Litherland Remyca (4-1 loss)
Monday - Not involved vs FC Oswestry Town (4-2 win)

Alsager host Silsden on Saturday.

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Writer:Steve Johnson
Date:Wednesday April 19 2017
Time: 10:34PM

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