Crewe FC welcomed Poynton FC to the Cumberland on Saturday looking to propel themselves further up the table following their solid win last week. Last week saw Nathan Southern break Crewe’s goalscoring record, but this week’s game proved to be a goal lovers dream. Crewe got the game underway and it took just two minutes for Kieran O’Connor to almost play in Derice Richards but his long range pass was just too far for the striker to reach. In the 5th minute a long throw in from the left was flicked on by JJ Bailey to Nathan Southern but he couldn’t keep his header down and it cleared the crossbar. It was then Jack Gater’s turn to nod a header over when he connected with an O’Connor corner in the 11th minute. It took until the 16th minute for Poynton to remind the home side that they could be dangerous, when a header went just wide of the Crewe goal. However it was Crewe who went closest next, a good Jake Maunder delivery from the right was directed goalwards by Southern but the keeper comfortably held the shot. Southern again went close three minutes later. A long kick by Arran Lyons was sliced upwards by a Poynton defender and Southern volleyed the dropping ball sweetly, but it fizzed wide of the post. It was then Derice’s turn to trouble the opposition defenders, using strength and quick feet on the touchline to almost fashion a shooting opportunity but there were simply to many bodies in the way and the threat was smothered. A surging run by Maunder allowed him to fizz a ball across the box but unfortunately no-one was there to make contact. In the 31st minute a neat backheel by Derice set up Harry Ashworth but he was swiftly crowded out by defenders. Some tenacious work by Ashworth won Crewe a freekick on the touchline, Harry stepped up to take it and JJ Bailey was there to nod in the opening goal of the game, and hand Crewe a 1-0 lead. It was Poynton who came closest to ending the scoring for the first 45 minutes but Arran did well to keep hold of a dipping freekick in the 40th minute. A slow end to the first half, but the second would certainly make up for it. Poynton kicked off for the second half, but Crewe were the ones to kick on. Ashworth played in Ian Carr, but the ball just escaped the midfielder and the keeper gathered the ball. Ashworth again turned creator in the 57th minute when his cross was met at the back post by Derice but his header went across goal before rolling out of play. Just a minute later, however Poynton hadn’t learnt from their earlier experiences and a Harry Ashworth corner was again nodded in by JJ Bailey to bag his, and Crewe’s second of the game. Four minutes later and only a lick of paint denied JJ his hatrick of headers when his thumping effort from Kieran O’Connors drilled freekick cannoned back off the post. As if to compound this, Poynton then countered and completely against the run of play snatched a goal back to make it 2-1. It was however third time unlucky as yet another Ashworth freekick found JJ, but his header this time went just wide of the post. Then came the frenetic final ten minutes. In the 81st minute a Poynton corner wasn’t sufficiently cleared and a soft header from the resulting cross found its way in and Poynton hauled themselves level. Three minutes later Crewe clawed back their lead. A long throw caused chaos in the Poynton defence, and the ball was eventually nodded in at the back post by Derice following a penalty box scramble. 3-2 to Crewe with five minutes left to go. In the 90th minute Southerns deft header over the defence found Derice, who turned his man, found himself 1 on 1 with the keeper. His first shot was well saved but he calmly tapped in the rebound to give Crewe a two goal cushion. It lasted only a minute though as Crewe switched off and Poynton grabbed another to make it 4-3 in the 92nd minute. It wasn’t the end though, as Southern picked up his customary goal in the 94th minute when he curled a freekick into the top corner giving the keeper no chance. 5-3 the final score. A cracking game to watch despite the way the goals were conceded. Great team spirit shown by all for the way they kept going despite conceding later in the game and keeping their heads in a feisty clash.


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