Crewe Alexandra have been knocked out of the FA Youth Cup at the first round courtesy of a late goal by Sheffield United.
Kenny Lunt could not do anything to save his boys as they played one of the toughest teams in the first round. They played the Blades
at Bramall Lane and lost 2-1. United booked their spot in the second round with the victory over the youngsters.
Crewe started the match well, scoring the first within three minutes. The goalkeeper of Sheffield United Joshua Perryman tried to clear the ball but Luke Walley closed down on him. The ball deflected off the player and over Perryman’s head to score. The score line remained unchanged until after the recess.
Owen Dale was his effort go wide immediately after the break. The Blades dominated the game as they tried to get the equalizer. Fifteen minutes from the end of the game, substitute Stephen Mallon sent the ball towards Tyler Smith. Smith curled the ball but it hit the goal post and Jordan Hallam got the equalizer. Alex seem to have done enough to force the game to extra time, but an 89th minute goal from Tyler Smith ensured that Crewe didn’t make it to the next round. Continue reading “CREWE ALEXANDRA CRASH FROM FA YOUTH CUP”
The club is preparing for the third highest division of The football League as they currently sit in the 24th spot in the League One. The team has only garnered 31 points from 43 matches prosecuted this season. The club is making plans to add more players to its current squad as they prepare for life in League Two.
The oldest player with a contract for next season is Billy Bingham. Bingham is only 25 years old and he plays in central midfield position. Most of the other squad members are young. Aside Bingham, 29-year-old left back, Zoumana Bakayogo could also get contract extension. The average age of the first team is 21 this season, and rarely above 23.
This is something that is unlikely to change next season due to the youthful make-up of the team, but the club is working on adding more experience to make the team more wholesome. The team’s football showed more maturity this season with the addition of Ryan Lowe, last season it was another experienced player in Alan Tate that made the difference. The team’s coach, 50-year old, Steve Davis is interested in Lowe again after being sent on loan to Bury.
Assitant coach, James Collins while impressed with the performance so far especially with the emergence of Callum Ainley and Charlie Kirk this season, admits that the young squad needs some experience.
“They make a massive difference, as we saw when Ryan Lowe came in this season. Continue reading “CREWE ALEXANDRA PREPARE FOR LIFE IN LEAGUE TWO”
Matt Tootle joined Crewe Alexandra at the age of 8 and ever since then, he had become a regular starter for the English side as he made over 190 appearances for the club but his relationship with Crewe Alexandra has reached it’s end as Matt Tootle decided to join Shrewsbury Town on a free transfer which was completed a few days ago on June 16.
The 24 year old defender was out of contract with Crewe Alexandra and even though he had struggled with injuries and physical problems, Matt was still offered a contract extension by the English League One club but instead he decided to join Shrewsbury Town on a 2 year long deal.
Steve Davies of Crewe Alexandra revealed details concerning the outgoing as the manager said: “I have always got on well with him and had a good working relationship with him. I have spoken to him since; he rang me to pass on his thanks to all the staff at the football club. He has been here a long time it was a wrench to leave the club that has been a secure place for him where he has spent a lot of his life.’’
“He will be missed around the place, he’s a good player, but Shrewsbury offered him a deal that we couldn’t match both in terms of money and length of contract, we couldn’t compete. It was his decision, we left it with him after making him an offer but he has gone with the deal that Shrewsbury put to him’’ Continue reading “Crewe Alexandra couldn’t keep hold of Matt Tootle as he signed for Shrewsbury Town”
Crewe Alexandra slipped back into the relegation zone after a 5-1 defeat against Preston North End.
The club were hoping to build on the 2-0 victory against Scunthorpe United last weekend. After the match, manager Stephen Davies said that the players should be a lot stronger if they are to avoid defeats like this. This heavy defeat also hurts the club’s goal difference, which could play a major role in the relegation fight towards the end of the season. Crewe Alexandra already have one of the poorest defensive records in the division and this just got worse after this heavy defeat.
The situation does not look good for the team after having managed just one win in the last five matches. This is in sharp contrast to their form during the months of January and early February. During this period, the club suffered only two league defeats and this is the kind of form that manager Davis will be targeting if they are to avoid relegation. Davies was especially unhappy with some of the aspects of the match against Preston. Despite going into halftime with a 2-1 score, Crewe failed to turn up in the second half and were punished by the home team. Continue reading “Crewe Alexandra slipped back into the relegation zone”