Penalty woe for Alex
Tuesday 04th September, 19.15
Crewe were knocked out in the first round stage of the Johnstone Paints Trophy last night. A strong following of over 700 visiting fans were in attendance as Crewe crashed out of the competition on penalties.
As reported on Crewe Vital earlier this week we made several changes to the side that drew at Swindon. Stuart Tomlinson, Ben Rix and Eugen Bopp all started and Nick Farquharson made his Crewe debut up front.
Former Chester player Ryan Lowe put the visitors ahead shortly before half time. Billy Jones and Ben Rix combined well to create the chance, the Chester keeper palmed away the cross and it fell nicely in to the path of Ryan Lowe who made no mistake to put the visitors 1-0 up going in to the break.
Chester drew level just after the hour mark, a disputed free kick was taken whilst the Crewe wall was being organised. The goal was scored by former Liverpool player Ritchie Partridge.
Both sides had chance in the 2nd half to win the game but the finishing let both sides down. The game drifted towards a penalty shoot out as neither side carved out any chances of real quality.
So the game went to the lottery of a penalty shoot out, Billy Jones clipped the outside of the post and Julien Baudet blazed wide to give Chester a 4-3 victory and book a place in round two of the competition.
We have now been dumped out of the League Cup and the JPT. In my opinion is a blessing in disguise as i felt we paid the price last season for our early cup runs and will be glad to be able to concentrate on the league till the start of November.
Stuart Tomlinson - 7
Danny Woodards - 6
Danny O'Donnell - 6
Julian Baudet - 6
Billy Jones - 7
Eugen Bopp - 6
Ben Rix - 6
Ryan Lowe - 8
Steve Schumacher - 6
Nick Faquharson - 5
Tom Pope - 5
Ryan Lynch - 6
Shaun Miller - 5
Mark Carrington - 6
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