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Crewe Alexandra 1-3 Cheltenham Town

Crewe old boys Billy Waters and Luke Varney hit late goals as Cheltenham came from behind to beat the Alex, who had skipper George Ray sent off.

Aaron Taylor-Sinclair's determination handed Crewe a 34th-minute lead when the on-loan Motherwell defender brushed past Jordan Tillson on the edge of the box to drive low across keeper Scott Flinders.

Chris Porter was inches away from adding a second from Ryan Wintle's cross. But Cheltenham were level in first-half stoppage time when Kevin Dawson made the most of Ryan Broom's cross which dropped nicely for the midfielder to tuck in from 15 yards.

Crewe's players were furious as referee Trevor Kettle waved away handball appeals in the build-up to the goal. But there was little doubt when the maligned official produced a red card for Ray, who had been booked in the first half, after he followed through wildly on Tillson.

Cheltenham made the most of their advantage to press the home side back and sub Waters was left unmarked to head home Chris Hussey's cross before Varney sealed victory when he swept into the far corner with aplomb at the end of a quick break, claiming his 14th goal of the season.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2NgBooked at 45mins
  • 5RayBooked at 53mins
  • 12Nolan
  • 31Taylor-Sinclair
  • 11AinleySubstituted forHuntat 61'minutes
  • 17GreenSubstituted forMillerat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15Wintle
  • 20KirkSubstituted forJonesat 58'minutes
  • 10Bowery
  • 7Porter

Substitutes

  • 8Jones
  • 9Miller
  • 16Lowery
  • 19Dale
  • 21Finney
  • 27Jaaskelainen
  • 29Hunt

Cheltenham

  • 1Flinders
  • 24Raglan
  • 4Tozer
  • 15Boyle
  • 11Broom
  • 25Tillson
  • 8DawsonSubstituted forMaddoxat 81'minutes
  • 26ClementsSubstituted forThomasat 65'minutes
  • 3Hussey
  • 32VarneyBooked at 90mins
  • 29BarnettSubstituted forWatersat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Thomas
  • 20Maddox
  • 21Waters
  • 22Lovett
  • 23Forster
  • 27Bingham
  • 28Pring
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
3,495

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Cheltenham Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Cheltenham Town 3.

Booking

Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by William Boyle.

Attempt blocked. James Jones (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Tillson (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Cheltenham Town 3. Luke Varney (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Tillson following a fast break.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Ben Tozer.

Foul by Shaun Miller (Crewe Alexandra).

Jacob Maddox (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jacob Maddox replaces Kevin Dawson.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Shaun Miller replaces Paul Green.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Cheltenham Town 2. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Hussey.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by James Jones (Crewe Alexandra).

Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Billy Waters replaces Tyrone Barnett because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Conor Thomas replaces Chris Clements.

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Hussey (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Nicky Hunt replaces Callum Ainley.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. James Jones replaces Charlie Kirk.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).

William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town).

Dismissal

George Ray (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the red card.

Foul by George Ray (Crewe Alexandra).

Jordan Tillson (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay in match Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

Booking

Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City402214470373380
2MK Dons402191066412572
3Bury392011872442871
4Mansfield401815760342669
5Tranmere3919101059421767
6Forest Green4016131158411761
7Exeter3917101252411161
8Colchester401791458481060
9Carlisle40177165954558
10Swindon391512125047357
11Newport38167154957-855
12Stevenage40159164552-754
13Crewe40158174952-353
14Northampton401216125052-252
15Oldham381312135648851
16Cheltenham40149175258-651
17Grimsby40147194050-1049
18Morecambe40129194562-1745
19Port Vale401111183546-1144
20Crawley40127214059-1943
21Cambridge39119193457-2342
22Yeovil4099223759-2236
23Notts County40812204172-3136
24Macclesfield39811204165-2435
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