The Alex progress into the Semi Finals of the Cheshire senior cup after a 2-1 win over Hyde United.
Connor Salisbury’s opening goal and a second-half winner by Tyreece Onyeka takes Crewe past Hyde United into the Semi-finals.
Lee Bell oversaw his first Cheshire Senior Cup tie on Wednesday night in an entertaining quarter final. The young reds started the game quickly, putting Hyde on the back foot as Max Woodcock was given time and space to feed Salisbury in behind. Salisbury’s effort at goal was parried out as far as Sam Bhatti who put the ball back in the mix, but his cross didn’t lead to anything.
It took 17 minutes for the Railwaymen to break the deadlock through a nicely worked counter-attack. The ball broke to Oli Finney who carried the ball down the left, giving time for Salisbury to run in between the two Hyde full backs and side foot Finney’s cross home.
The visitors grew into the game on the half an hour mark, enjoying a spell of possession in Crewe’s half. Their best chance came through the Blackpool loanee Tayt Trusty as he strikes the ball well but can’t squeeze it into the top corner.
Down the other end, Holicek battled to get to the by-line and in doing so was brought down by the Hyde defender. Madger Gomes’ penalty was hit straight down the middle with Hyde’s goalkeeper managing to get his foot to the ball and keep it out.
On the stroke of half time, Hyde equalised through a scramble in the box that saw Trusty with room to see his attempt hit the crossbar and out as far as Fenton Green who snuck in the rebound.
The young reds were put on the defensive early in the second half with Trusty causing problems again striking a powerful effort against the post. Followed up a moment later with an excellent save by Crewe’s shot stopper Will Jaaskelainen, with Trusty this time six yards out looking to squeeze one into the far corner.
Onyeka put the reds ahead for the final time, carrying the ball into the box and cutting onto his left foot, driving his effort through the keeper to the far post and into the side netting.
Hyde attempted to find a leveller late on, but the young reds held strong to send Crewe into the semi-finals of the Cheshire Senior Cup.
Crewe will now look forward to Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture with Bolton Wanderers at Mornflake Stadium.