Youngsters held at the HornetsCrewe Alexandra Under 18's opened their 2016/17 Professional Development League 2 campaign with a 2-2 draw at Watford.
With Kenny Lunt away, Lee Bell took the reigns and The Alex were in control, taking a 2-0 first half lead through Harry Pickering and Josh Lundstram, before the hosts pulled one back and then leveled late on.
Pickering opened the account for the season with a delightful lob off the underside of the crossbar from a long ball over the top, with Lundstram's neat side-footer low into the corner extending the advantage.
A mix-up at the back from Ross Woodcock and goalkeeper Jake Hilton allowed Watford to poke home before the break before the hosts curled in a free-kick late on to steal a share of the points.
Special mentions were handed to Pickering and substitute Luke Offord who impressed during the season opener.
Crewe: Hilton, Woodcock, Manuel, Wilkinson, Johnson, Lynch, Lundstram, Pickering, Dale, Reilly, Wally
Subs used: Offord, Griffiths, Hurst
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