Crewe & Nantwich continue winning streak!
By Steve Holding
Crewe welcomed Wolverhampton to the Vagrants park a side that had won the away fixture well and were in fine form lying 2nd in the league.
John Farr (Head Coach) said after the game;
"First of all, credit must go to unseen heroes of the club. The pitch is in immaculate condition, thanks to Stuart Simmons, and being able to play on that surface contributes massively to our overall performance. Nicola Joyce, and the committee, ensure we have all we need to keep the players happy and able to focus on playing. 2nd and 3rd teams are providing a great foundation for the club, on and off the field. These things can’t be underestimated. As a result of all of this, on the day, in my opinion, we put in our best performance of the season against the strongest opposition we have faced. The boys gave it their all. Physicality paired with maturity allowed us to control the game and dominate territory and possession. Man of the match Jimmy Creighton managed the game beautifully as well as giving us a flawless kicking display. However, to single one player out doesn’t do justice to a great team effort. Couldn’t be prouder of my boys and my club."
The home side started well and from the kick off back row Stewart O'Leary turned the visitors ball over to give the Crewe backs some early ball which they moved well to put Wolverhampton under pressure to give fly half Jim Creighton an early penalty shot which he converted to give Crewe an early lead, more pressure and the lead was soon doubled by Creighton 6-0 . Crewe's game plan was then disrupted by an injury to centre and vice captain Josh McShane who took an accidental boot to the head after a great cover tackle causing him to leave the field ,Thom Vanstone coming on at full back and Toby Ward moving up to centre .Crewe kept up the pressure and were rewarded by another penalty from Creighton 9-0 . Wolverhampton then upped their game forcing Crewe back and a series of drives from the forwards sucked the home defence in leaving space out wide for the away centre to score 9-5. Crewe bounced back and a series of drives lead by hooker Eli Woodward and skipper Elliot Alston pushed them deep into the visitors 22 , Crewe seemed certain to score in the corner after more good pressure but the final pass was intercepted ,the Wolverhampton winger sprinting the length of the pitch for an interception try converted by their fly half, a potential half time lead of 11 points turning into a half time deficit of 9-12.
Crewe drew level early in the second half Creighton again doing the honours 12-12, Wolverhampton responded soon after with a penalty of their own 12-15 ,but Crewe were slowly starting to get on top ,the visitors were defending on the edge and this although frustrating gave Crewe 4 more penalties converted by Creighton to go into the final 12 minutes with a comfortable 9 point lead 24-15 . Crewe then suffered another injury blow with loose head prop Chris Sproston suffering a bad break to his arm which will require pinning , Chris has played every game this season despite heavy work commitments and is a very valuable player , having a great season in the scrums and finding the energy to score some crucial tries and his team mates and the club wish him a speedy recovery .
Crewe again had to reorganise for the flnal few minutes with Steve Outhwaite replacing the unfortunate Sproston. Crewe kept the visitors pinned in their half for the remainder of the game to seal a hard fought victory which makes it 7 wins in a row.
Crewe's team manager Dan Potts was happy with another hard fought victory to keep a great winning run going but conceded there was still room for improvement in certain elements of attack, however the team is playing as a unit and with great heart making the games great to watch for the supporters. Man of the match was Jim Creighton with a perfect 8 from 8 which sealed Crewe's victory
Other scores to note:
Bowdon 2s 27 v Crewe 2s 24
CN 3s 19 v Newcastle (staffs) 2s 17
Crewe Junior Colts 29 v West Park 10