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Steve Pleased With Norton Display

10 July 2013

Davis happy with 5-1 work-out

It is obviously very early days in pre-season, but manager Steve Davis was pleased with another decent run-out against Norton United this evening. His strikers all helped themselves to a goal, the majority of his fit and available players got a run out and it provided him and his assistant Neil Baker with a chance to have a look at some promising trialists.

Crewe won 5-1 thanks to goals from Oliver, Leitch-Smith and Clayton with young Billy Waters doing his chances no harm for the new season with a goal and a splendid performance on the left of midfield in the first half. Trialist Sam Winnall got on the scoresheet too, when confidently dispatching a first half penalty.

Davis told the club’s official web-site: “It is still very early in our preparations and it is all about them getting fit and peaking at the right time, which will be August 3rd against Rotherham. It was another useful run-out. We have scored some goals, most of the squad played some minutes and we had a look at some of the trialists who are with us.

“I must say that the people of Norton were great with us. I was impressed with the hospitality, they did everything they could for us here and it was a nice fixture for us. I think it is important that we play these types of games against local opponents. It helps them bring in some revenue.

“I was overall pleased with what I saw. Vadaine got a goal and showed flashes of what he could do, especially in the air. Lee Molyneux, the same in the second half with his creativity. There were good spells from us and I was pleased. It really is about them getting through it and getting their match fitness levels up.

“It was good work out and I was relatively pleased. There are things we can work on and improve upon and we will. Like I’ve said, you don’t read too much into these friendly games especially against lesser opposition.”

Then after what has obviously been a difficult week for everyone associated with the club, and in regards to the issued statement earlier in the day, the manager said: “It has been difficult and challenging time for everyone. Obviously, because of the on-going investigation and for legal reasons, I cannot comment.

“All I can say, that as an individual I’ve had messages of support from supporters which I am thankful for. All I can ask is that the fans stick with us and come and support the team, the players and the club.”

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