Prospects worsen for Crewe
Sat 2nd Apr 3.00pm
Crewe Alexandra are five points adrift at the bottom of the table following their 3-0 defeat at Peterborough United.
Harry Beautyman struck twice before the break for the home side and Lee Angol added a third goal midway through the second period.
Midfielder Beautyman opened the scoring on fourteen minutes when curling high into the net at a short corner.
He added his second just before the interval after Ben Garratt had already denied Aaron Williams' header following Michael Smith's cross.
Angol duly increased the home advantage with a powerful drive from Marcus Maddison's 67th minute assist. Maddison had earlier struck an upright
Alex keeper Garratt later superbly thwarted Beautyman his hat-trick and also twice frustrated the influential Maddison.
Meanwhile, Charlie Kirk (twice) and substitute Jamie Jones had seen efforts at the other end.
Peterborough United: Alnwick, Baldwin, Bostwick, Smith, Angol, Fox (Almeida Santos 52), Beautyman, Forrester (Gillett 74), Maddison, Coulthirst, Williams (Taylor 63)
subs (unused): Oztumer, Tyler, Nichols, Samuelsen
Goals: Beautyman (14, 40), Angol (67)
Crewe Alexandra: Garratt, Turton, Davis, Guthrie, Bakayogo, Ainley, Fox, Bingham (Jones 61), Kirk, Dalla Valle (Cooper 75), Hitchcock (Haber 47)
subs (unused): Ray, Nugent, Richards, Udoh
Ref: L. Collins