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Match Report|Crewe 1 Mansfield 2

24 September 2022

  • Baker-Richardson takes tally to seven for season
  • Second home league defeat for Morris’s men
  • The Railwaymen down to 11th in League Two

Crewe Alexandra suffered injury-time heartbreak as Mansfield Town took all three points at Mornflake Stadium.

The Railwaymen were closing in on back-to-back home wins after Courtney Baker-Richardson broke the deadlock with his seventh of the season on 70 minutes.

But Stags sub Will Swan levelled matters in the 87th minute, and Oliver Hawkins grabbed the winner on 93 minutes.

Boss Alex Morris will be frustrated at his side allowing precious points to slip from their grasp.

However, he will now focus on preparing his players for next weekend’s trip to Carlisle United.

Morris made just one change to his side, with Khanya Leshabela making his first league start for the club in place of Eli King, who is away with Wales Under-21s.

Neither keeper was really troubled in a goalless first half. Crewe’s Arthur Okonkwo made a routine stop from a Hawkins header, and Conor Thomas made a super block just as the space opened up for Stephen Quinn, as the visitors looked slightly more likely going forward.

At the other end, headers over the bar from Bassala Sambou and Baker-Richardson were the most threatening Crewe looked in a quiet attacking display.

The second half initially followed a similar pattern. Ollie Clarke headed over a Stephen McLaughlin cross on 50 minutes, and the same player had a sweet half-volley well saved by Okonkwo just after the hour.

But Crewe burst into life on 69 minutes when Dan Agyei raced onto a Tariq Uwakwe pass and rattled a post with the keeper beaten.

And soon afterwards, the hosts conjured the best move of the game when Rod McDonald, Sambou and Agyei combined to tee up Baker-Richardson for a clinical finish from an angle.

The Alex, who had looked solid all afternoon, were pegged back when Swan took a nice touch to open up the space and he buried a shot in the bottom corner.

And Mansfield found a winner when Hawkins steered a header home after meeting a deep cross from the left.

Crewe went desperately close to snatching an equaliser at the death, as sub Rio Adebisi saw a shot blocked and penalty appeals for handball went unheeded by the referee.

But they ran out of time as they tried to recover.

Crewe (4-3-3): Okonkwo; Mellor, Offord, McDonald, Uwakwe; Thomas, Leshabela, Ainley (Adebisi 63); Sambou, Baker-Richardson, Agyei.

Subs not used: Richards, C Finney, Tabiner, Griffiths, Sass-Davies, Brook.

Booked: Leshabela, Sambou.

Mansfield (3-4-3): Pym; Hewitt, Hawkins, Harbottle; Gordon, Maris (Law 86), Lapslie, McLaughlin; Clarke (Swan 72), Akins (Bowery 71), Quinn (Wallace 67).

Subs not used: Flinders, Perch, O’Toole.

Booked: Clarke, Quinn.

Referee: M Woods.

Attendance: 4,942 (1,299).

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