What the press made of the opening day victory
Goals from new boys Ryan Lowe and Alex Kiwomya handed Crewe Alex an ideal start to life in League Two on Saturday.
Captain Lowe and Chelsea loan man Kiwomya both struck in the second half to hand the Railwaymen a 2-0 victory at Stevenage.
It was the club’s first win over Boro in seven attempts, first opening day win since 2007, and first opening day success on the road since 1994.
CREWE Alexandra put in an excellent showing on the opening day at Stevenage as they left the Lamex Stadium with all three points.
Ryan Lowe handed them the lead mid-way through the second half, before Alex Kiwomya, who made the first, scored a terrific solo goal, only for Charlie Lee to score with the game's final kick.
It was an excellent come back from the Alex who had been beaten 3-0 by non-league Lincoln in their final pre-season friendly only a week before.
Indeed, the win gave them their first opening day success since 2007, their first away from home since 1994 and their first ever win at Stevenage.
Stevenage fell to a 2-1 home defeat as their League Two campaign kicked off in disappointing fashion against Crewe Alexandra.
Darren Sarll’s men were hit by two fantastic goals in a match defined by the substitutions made by Crewe midway through the second half, with Boro’s changes unable to respond.
Crewe took the lead with a moment of magic from Chelsea loanee Alex Kiwomya just two minutes after he arrived on the pitch when he played a pass with such exquisite judgement that it split Stevenage’s two defenders allowing Ryan Lowe, not the quickest of marksmen, to hardly break stride.
Jamie Jones sensed the danger early and made a run for Lowe, but the striker calmly slotted it beyond the Boro goalkeeper to hand the visitors the lead.
With 10 minutes remaining Kiwoyma trumped even his own earlier pass when confronted with two defenders just inside the Boro area.
He somehow tricked his way past them with such skill as to leave them bewildered while he caressed the ball into the corner to make sure of the three points before Charlie Lee’s last-kick-of-the-game consolation.