The young Railwaymen kicked off their cup campaign under the lights on Wednesday night as they welcomed a youthful Hull City side to Gresty Road. What was an even encounter between two footballing sides saw the Tigers finish their chances and progress into the next round.
An open first few minutes saw the first effort at goal come from Hull City 25-yards from goal. Goalkeeper Thomas Booth collected the effort and sent The Reds on the charge, Salisbury’s appeals for a penalty were waved away from referee Tom Swift.
The first real chance of the game fell to Crewe on 12 minutes. A loose ball was picked up by Charlie Finney 30-yards from goal, driving towards the penalty area he unleashed a curling effort which sailed just over the bar.
City goalkeeper Harry Fisk was first called into action on 20 minutes as Connor Salisbury was fed in behind the lines of the defence. 1-on-1, his effort forced Fisk into a strong save with his feet, before Joseph Levey’s effort from range was parried.
Half an hour played; Crewe began to settle into the game. Once again Fisk was called into action as a whipped cross from the left fell to Stubbs who hooked the ball towards Salisbury. He let fly from point blank range, but The Tigers shot stopper again kept it out.
The first yellow card of the game saw Fenton Green in the referee’s book on 37 minutes. A free kick from 20-yards out provided Hull with a promising position for an effort at goal. The resultant shot brushed the roof of the net.
The second half began with Crewe on the front foot, probing the Hull defence but no solid chances. Elsewhere, the visitors reacted by making their first change.
This period of pressure continued; 57 minutes saw the first real chance of the second half. A neat passage of play from the Alex on the edge of the penalty area saw the ball fall to Charlie Finney just inside, his effort at goal struck the inside of the post but nothing else came of it.
The Reds did have the ball in the back of the net just after the hour mark, but a quick flag by the assistant on the far side kept the game goalless.
Meanwhile, a quick surge against the run of play saw Josh Hinds drive towards the Crewe goal. His effort from the right side of the penalty area, forced Booth into an excellent save to keep the scores level.
Hull took the lead on 80 minutes. Totally against the run of play, a quick break away down the left-hand side handed the Tigers a one goal lead. A low cross across the box found Beckett at the far post who tapped home the opener.
The goal seemed to have given Hull confidence, moments later a powerful header had Booth scrambling and the woodwork rattling. Meanwhile, Lee Bell responded with a substitution which saw the introduction of Bailey Marsden in replace of Matthew McDonald on 82 minutes.
Continuing to pile on the pressure, a low drive again tested Booth and had him scrambling across to his right-hand post. Though he managed to keep the score line at one goal to nil.
Since the opening goal Hull seemed to be on the front foot, making it two nil on 93 minutes. A mix up at the back gave Will Jarvis an easy finish into an empty net.