UK time is: 10:33:50
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Crewe Alex 1 - Preston 0

Gresty Road

Mon 1st Apr 3pm

Attendance: 6,366

Lone goal enough for Alex

Crewe Alexandra warmed up for Wembley next week with a 1-0 victory against Preston North End at Gresty Road.

On loan Brad Inman scored the winner from Kelvin Mellor's assist just beyond the half-hour - his second goal in two games and eighth of the season.

Manager Steve Davis earlier made four changes with a debut for new loan signing Kevin Stewart and recalls for match-winner Inman, goalkeeper Alan Martin and Ollie Turton.

Restored keeper Martin was soon called into action to deal with a snapshot from Graham Cummins before Ryan Colcough was wide in reply.

However, Aussie-born midfielder Inman went much closer midway through the opening half when forcing a save from Declan Rudd, who then parried Mark Ellis' header from Colclough's corner.

His opposite number Martin was required again when Lee Holmes' delivery produced another opportunity for Cummins before home full-back Mellor surged forward and crossed for Inman to open the scoring.

Midfielder Holmes swept a free-kick wide and Joe Garner volleyed over as the visitors tried to respond before the break.

Alex keeper Martin then struck a clearance upon the restart which bounced straight over the opposition goal while Mathias Pogba next volleyed wide of the target.

Australian defender Bailey Wright was similarly wide in reply from Holmes' corner until Colclough linked up with Max Clayton to force another response from Rudd.

The Railwaymen then lost top scorer Pogba through a suspected thigh injury and recent signing Nathan Ellington was his replacement.

But it was the visitors who were closest to an equaliser when Holmes' superb 25-yard effort found only an upright.

Crewe Alexandra: Martin, Mellor, Davis, Ellis, Stewart, Turton, Osman, Inman (Moore 72), Colclough, M. Clayton (Tootle 88), Pogba (Ellington 79)

subs (unused): Phillips, Ray, Aneke, Leitch-Smith

Goals: Inman (32)

Preston North End: Rudd, Huntington, Connolly, Buchanan, Wright, Keane, Wroe, Holmes, Monakana (Hayhurst 66), Cummins (King 66), Garner (Foster 90)

subs (unused): Stuckmann, Davies, Procter, Mousinho

Ref: Adcock

Att: 6,366

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:Monday April 1 2013

Time: 8:14PM

 

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

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Crewe 0 - 0 Colchester
Shrewsbury 1 - 3 Crewe
Crewe 0 - 2 Wolves
Crawley 1 - 2 Crewe
Crewe 1 - 2 Coventry
Crewe 1 - 3 Notts County

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
17. Coventry 44 16 12 16 -2 50
18. Colchester 44 11 14 19 -12 47
19. Tranmere 44 12 11 21 -24 47
20. Crewe 44 12 11 21 -27 47
21. Notts County 44 14 4 26 -15 46
22. Carlisle 43 11 11 21 -29 44
23. Shrewsbury 44 9 14 21 -19 41

Breaking League News

Shrews v Posh - Form Guide
Peterborough : 25/04/2014 10:31:00
RUFC - Stay Off The Pitch
Rotherham : 25/04/2014 09:39:00
RUFC 'Kieran Is Going Nowhere'
Rotherham : 25/04/2014 09:29:00
RUFC - Boss In The Entertainment Business
Rotherham : 25/04/2014 09:27:00
RUFC - Tav's Wants Home Leg Last
Rotherham : 25/04/2014 09:24:00
RUFC - Frecks To Play Tomorrow?
Rotherham : 25/04/2014 09:20:00
RUFC - Revs 'Agard Important Part Of Team'
Rotherham : 25/04/2014 09:17:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Are Crewe stronger than this time last season?
Suggested By:  Vital Crewe
Yes 62%
No 38%