Crewe Alex were outclassed by League Two leaders Exeter City on Saturday.
The front-runners showed just why they are promotion favourites with a convincing display which yielded goals from Jake Taylor, Jordan Tillson and Jayden Stockley and made it six wins on the spin.
While the visitors played some good football in patches, they were bettered by their hosts in all departments and their work in defensive areas was well short of the standard.
The result dropped Crewe into the bottom half of the table, and the gulf between the sides perhaps served as a reality check regarding the improvements they need to make if they want to challenge for promotion.
Crewe, looking for their first win at Exeter since 1988, were facing a side truly on a roll.
Despite the agony of losing in the Play Off final in May, and then losing star players David Wheeler and Ollie Watkins to bigger clubs, the Grecians have made a fantastic start to the season.
Exeter City continued their 100 per cent home record with an impressive display as they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over a poor Crewe Alexandra side at St James Park.
Jordan Tillson’s early goal set the Grecians on their way and they never looked like slipping up against a Crewe side that offered very little resistance, with City still yet to concede a goal at home in the league this season.
Despite Jayden Stockley and Hiram Boateng performing well off the bench in the Grecians’ 2-1 win over Barnet in midweek, manager Paul Tisdale again fielded an unchanged line-up, sticking with the same team for the fifth game in a row.
Crewe looked to play out from the back but consistently struggled to retain possession, giving the ball away to the Grecians far too often for David Artell’s liking.
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Exeter City ran out 3-0 winners over Crewe Alexandra at St James Park to keep them top of the table in Sky Bet League Two.
First half goals from Jordan Tillson and Jake Taylor gave the Grecians a comfortable advantage going into the break, before Taylor's second of the mach rounded off a strong performance from the Grecians.
City manager, Paul Tisdale, named an unchanged side for the fourth consecutive match as they looked to secure a sixth consecutive league victory.