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Preview: Alex Aim For Back-To-Back Away Wins At Yeovil

23 October 2018

Crewe Alexandra make the long midweek trip to Yeovil buoyed by a first three points on the road at Stevenage on Saturday.

That result that at the weekend ended a run of one point & one goal away from home in the 2018/19 season.

Yeovil's last victory came in mid-September when they thrashed Newport County 6-0 in Rodney Parade - they haven't won a game in six attempts since.

Crewe may edge the recent form, but there's no doubt that the Glovers dominate the form in recent meeting between the two sides.

Yeovil are unbeaten in the last four meetings between the sides - keeping four clean sheets.

Crewe's last victory over Yeovil was in February 2015, 1-0 at Gresty Road, with the last win at Huish Park coming in April 2008.

Overall, Yeovil have won five of the last ten meetings, Crewe winning two & three ending all square - The Alex have scored just one goal in the last four visits to Huish Park combined.

Records are made for breaking & history is history!

 

Date: Tuesday 23 October 2018

Competition: Sky Bet League Two 

Venue: Huish Park

Previous Meeting At Host Club: Yeovil 2-0 Crewe ()

Referee: Kevin Johnson (P14, 14Y, 1R)

 

Crewe: Saturday's match-winner Jordan Bowery was taken off off not long after scoring against Stevenage with a hamstring problem & the striker is rated as 50/50 ahead of the trip to Yeovil.

Paul Green continues to be absent, as is Eddie Nolan - but the latter is set to step up his comeback with minutes for the Under 23s on Wednesday.

Spirit is high in the Alex camp after victory on the road for the first time at Stevenage, & Crewe head to Yeovil looking to arrest a poor run of results in the South-West.

 

Yeovil Town: Sessi D'Almeida returns from suspension for the Glovers, having missed the 0-0 draw with Tranmere on Saturday.

They continue to be without Francois Zoko, James Bailey, Omar Showumni and Diallang Jaiyesimi however, with a question mark over the fitness of Wes McDonald.

The Glovers will be looking to add to their fine form against Crewe, and continue their decent form, unbeaten at home in three games.

 

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Report: Yeovil 1-1 Crewe

23 October 2018

Crewe unfortunate not to get all three points again after dominating much of the second half in Somerset.

Crewe: Garratt, Whelan, Ng, Ray, Pickering, Wintle, Jones, Kirk, Ainley, Miller (Nicholls, 88), Bowery (Porter, 69)

Unused Subs: Richards, Raynes, O'Connor, Hunt, Finney

Goals: Bowery (14)

Attendance: 2,397 (108 Crewe)

Crewe Alexandra produced their most dominant away performance of the season this evening at Huish Park, but we just couldn't find that winning goal we probably deserved for our second half performance. It was two points dropped such was our attacking play in the second 45 minutes.

Jordan Bowery gave the Railwaymen the lead with his second successive goal in away fixtures following his wonderful winner at Stevenage on Saturday. Bowery tucked home a rebound after Nathan Baxter had saved his first effort on 14 minutes.

Yeovil Town hit back on 25 minutes after Alex Fisher took full advantage of a lapse of concentration at the back from a Crewe perspective.

After surviving two early chances at the beginning of the second period, Crewe went on to dominate the second 45 minutes and did everything but score again. Charlie Kirk volleyed just over the crossbar from a corner, Shaun Miller had  chances with his best hitting the side netting from a tight angle and Ryan Wintle flicked a header inches wide after Baxter was caught in no man’s land at a corner.

David Artell made one change from the Crewe Alexandra side that recorded our first away win of the season at Stevenage at the weekend. Midfielder James Jones, who certainly impressed when coming on as a second half substitute at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, was recalled to the starting line-up.

Irishman Kevin O’Connor was the unfortunate one to drop back down to the bench, with Harry Pickering utilised at left-back.

Saturday’s match winner, Jordan Bowery, overcame concern with a tight hamstring to start once alongside Shaun Miller in attack.

The on-loan Crewe right-back, Corey Whelan, received a warm welcome on his return to Huish Park after serving Yeovil Town on loan last season.

Under the lights and on a pristine pitch, the contest got off to a frantic start with both teams looking to play up to the front players fairly quickly. Due to the fast start there tended to be a few stray passes and over-hit through balls, as both sides struggled to get a foothold in the game.

The first sight at goal came from the home side after the former Stoke and Port Vale full-back, Carl Dickinson found Yoann Arquin in enough space for him to turn and have his deflected shot flash past Ben Garratt’s right hand post. Garratt did well to climb highest at the corner and claim it with real authority.

Jordan Bowery had an early one on one opportunity up against Bevis Mugabi but the Yeovil defender did well to stand his ground and make a timely block on his cross and it ran harmlessly through to Nathan Baxter.

The Yeovil captain Sessi D’Almeida  then showed great strength to hold off the intentions of Ryan Wintle before his low shot was blocked by the covering Perry Ng.

After that first real chance for Glovers, the Crewe front two combined for the first time to unlock the Yeovil defence. On 14 minutes, Miller showed a sublime touch to nip away from Shaun Donnellan and then he had the awareness around him to play in Bowery. His first shot was too close to Baker but the Yeovil goalkeeper allowed it to spill from his grasp and the following in Bowery gleefully helped himself to a simple tap-in for his 5th goal of the season.

It so nearly became 2-0 when a well struck free-kick from Pickering was tipped over by Baxter. It was a much better save from the Glovers goalkeeper after his earlier mistake had allowed Bowery to open the scoring.

Yeovil nearly forced home an equaliser just before the 20-minute mark when Thomas James volleyed back across the six yard and Alex Fisher so nearly applied a decisive touch at the far post. Moments later, Garratt made his first meaningful save of the night when pushing out a diving header from Fisher after Arquin had his first shot blocked by Ray.

Yeovil’s growing pressure finally paid off on 25 minutes with that man Fisher firing first time into the bottom corner after James was allowed to hit a straight diagonal ball to just inside our box. It was a tidy finish from the Yeovil forward to register his 6th goal of the season, but Crewe didn’t deal well enough with the high ball.

Yeovil continued to have more of the possession and winger Alex Gray was causing most of the problems down the left hand side. Gray whistled a really threatening cross just past Garratt’s right hand post. Olufela Olomola then shot a yard wide, as the Glovers went in search of a second goal before the half time interval.

A well-crafted move from the Alex on 43 minutes so nearly saw Bowery on target once again. Whelan, Wintle and Kirk were all involved in the build-up with Kirk’s accurate cross right across the six yard only needed a positive touch from the Crewe forward, but to his great credit, Dickinson made a fantastic block to deny him his second of the night.

Just two minutes after the restart, Yeovil went awfully close to taking the lead when Fisher’s deft touch on a cross from Gray narrowly squirmed past Garratt’s far post. Most of the Stadium thought it was in, but for our sake it just about cleared the post.

Barely a minute later and Garratt had to stand tall to save smartly from Arquin after he had been slipped in behind Whelan.

Ainley soon created Crewe’s best chance of the half. He managed to escape the grip of D’Almeida and feed Miller, and his powerful shot across Baxter just cleared the opposite post. It was a good effort from the Alex striker. That chance saw Crewe on the front foot and Miller then fired into the side netting from an acute angle after Kirk and Pickering again linked up well down the left.

The first change of the night was from the Glovers with Rhys Brown replacing winger Gray.

Ainley’s great run and back heal gave Whelan a sight of the Yeovil goal but he was denied a clean strike at it just as he was about to pull the trigger.

The concerted pressure Crewe were mounting then saw Kirk catch an acrobatic volley perfectly but it just cleared Baxter’s crossbar. It would have been some goal if it had been on target. It was encouraging stuff from the Railwaymen.

More good approach play from Kirk and Pickering then saw Miller flick a header off a Yeovil defender and out for a corner. From the resultant set-piece, Baxter came and collected it to ease the pressure.

Crewe’s first change on 68 minutes saw goalscorer Bowery make way for Porter. Darren Way also used the opportunity to make a change with Omari Patrick replacing Olomola.

Soon after, Miller put Baxter under severe pressure as he left his penalty area, and any sort of touch from the Crewe forward would have seen him past the Yeovil goalkeeper and with an empty net to tap home. Crewe were playing some really positive stuff and Ainley whistled a tempting cross right across the six yard that was begging for a connection from Porter, Miller or Kirk. Whelan then shot over after getting in behind Dickinson.

Crewe were dominating the possession and continued to press, aiming to find that second goal but we also had to stand firm at the back and not let anything slip through the back door at the other end. With 12 minutes left there only looked one winner.

More good work from Kirk at a second phase from a corner then saw Jones denied by Baxter and then Wintle flick a header inches wide after Baxter had come for a corner but didn’t get there.

With the minutes ticking away, the hard working Miller was replaced by Alex Nicholls.

Crewe also had to keep the back door closed and Whelan did superbly well to deny Arquin before the referee blocked an out ball from the Alex and Arquin shot straight at Garratt.

The Crewe keeper then had to save at the second attempt when Thomas James' thumping free-kick in stoppage time swerved in the air. It would have been harsh on the Alex, who also had Perry Ng harshly booked for a handball that he would have done well to avoid from that range!

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Ticket News

Tickets: Yeovil Midweek Away Trip

22 October 2018

Tickets are on sale now for Crewe Alexandra's trip to Yeovil Town on Tuesday 23 October, 7:45pm kick-off.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here, over the phone on 01270 252610 or in person at the ticket office. There are no fees for purchasing online.

Match tickets are on sale from Crewe Alex until 12pm on Tuesday 23 October. Subject to availability.

Official coach travel is also available to purchase online (£18/£19) - departing from the Alexandra Stadium at 1:00pm.

 

Yeovil Town v Crewe Alexandra

Tuesday 23 October 2018, 7:45pm 

  Pre-Match Match Day
Adult £21 £24
Senior (65+) £17 £20
16-21 Years £10 £12
Under 16 £3 £3
Wheelchair/Disabled £17 £20

Tickets will be on sale until 12:00pm on Tuesday 23 October, subject to availability. 

Tickets are on sale via the online box office now. Click here to purchase.

Alternatively, you can call the ticket office on 01270 252610 on Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm or on a home Saturday match-day from 9am-2pm.

 

Official Coach Travel

Official coaches depart from Gresty Road at 1:00pm and are priced at:

Season Ticket Holders & Members: £18

Non Season Ticket Holders & Non Members: £19

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