Crewe Alexandra - Alex fire Iron to defeat
UK time is: 23:08:29
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Scunthorpe 1 - Crewe Alexandra 2

Glanford Park

Tue 21st Aug 7.45pm

Attendance: 3,215

Alex fire Iron to defeat

Crewe Alexandra built upon a first-minute goal from AJ Leitch-Smith as the recalled Luke Murphy netted a 73rd minute winner in a 2-1 victory at Scunthorpe United.

Leitch-Smith lashed in a tremendous 25-yard dipping half-volley after Mathias Pogba managed an early flick-on to give the visitors a real boost in their search for a return to winning ways following their opening day reversal.

But that advantage wasn't to extend past the quarter-hour mark as Mike Grella levelled from a corner. The former Leeds United striker tucked the ball in from a cross after ex-Huddersfield Town centre-back David Mirfin had already headed against the woodwork.

Crewe were struggling to find their usual passing approach and coming under increased pressure as the first-half progressed. Bobby Grant glanced wide from a corner and Harry Davis blocked from Andy Barcham.

The visitors also survived penalty claims when Grella went down under the challenge of Mark Ellis while an early second-half cross from Josh Walker narrowly escaped both Grant and Grella on the slide.

Callum Kennedy had been a summer target of the Alex and soon delivered for Grant to miss with an unopposed header, while Ashley Westwood curled over in reply before the visitors replaced goalscorer Leitch-Smith with Max Clayton.

But they almost fell behind when Jimmy Ryan crashed an effort against an upright and Walker was blocked on the follow-up.

Crewe gave a debut to latest on loan signing Harry Bunn on 71 minutes and were to forge ahead just a couple of minutes later. Teenage Manchester City Academy product Bunn was immediately involved when combining with Clayton for Murphy to prod home their winner.

Byron Moore later clipped the outside of a post for the visitors and Connor Jennings drove into the side-netting at the other end before the Alex could celebrate their first league win.

Scunthorpe United: Slocombe, Ribeiro, Kennedy, Mirfin, Newey, Walker (Keegan 87), Ryan, Gibbons, Grant, Grella, Barcham (Jennings 71)

subs (unused): Severn, Canavan, Howe, Hughes

Goals: Grella (15)

Crewe Alexandra: Martin, Davis, Ellis, Dugdale, Robertson, Westwood, Murphy, Osman, Pogba Booked (Bunn 71), Leitch-Smith (M. Clayton 65), Moore

subs (unused): Garratt, Turton, Ray, Mellor, Daniels

Goals: Leitch-Smith (1), Murphy (73)

Ref: Lewis

Att: 3,215

LATEST ON THE VITAL CREWE FORUMS ...

Join The Vital Debate




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Vital Crewe Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 21 2012

Time: 11:11PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Crewe 0 - 1 Bradford
Coventry 1 - 3 Crewe
Crewe 1 - 1 Walsall
Peterborough 1 - 1 Crewe
Crewe 1 - 1 Leyton Orient
Chesterfield 1 - 0 Crewe

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
17. Coventry 46 13 16 18 -11 55
18. Port Vale 46 15 9 22 -10 54
19. Colchester 46 14 10 22 -19 52
20. Crewe 46 14 10 22 -32 52
21. Notts County 46 12 14 20 -18 50
22. Crawley 46 13 11 22 -26 50
23. Leyton Orient 46 12 13 21 -10 49

Breaking League News

Brentford Reject MK Dons Grigg Bid
Walsall : 22/05/2015 19:28:01
No Open Top Bus Parade For Swindon Town
Swindon : 22/05/2015 18:20:00
Benning Signs For Mansfield
Walsall : 22/05/2015 17:36:01
The Posh Weekly - 22-May-2015
Peterborough : 22/05/2015 16:16:01
Kinsella 'Over The Moon' With New Deal
Walsall : 22/05/2015 16:07:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are Crewe stronger than this time last season?
Suggested By:  Vital Crewe
Yes 49%
No 51%