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Crewe Alexandra 3-1 Forest Green Rovers

Jordan Bowery hit a double as Crewe secured a 3-1 victory over rivals Forest Green.

Bowery edged Crewe ahead with a set-piece header just before the break and added to his tally after the break during a three-goal flurry inside five minutes, which saw Charlie Kirk double the Cheshire side's lead, only for Dale Grubb to reduce the arrears.

Crewe were good value as they ensured debutant keeper Cameron Belford had a busy night. Harry Pickering thrashed a volley from 20 yards on to the far post. But it was Bowery who made his presence count when he flung himself at Pickering's free kick to head the ball home a minute before half-time.

Harry McKirdy should have eased Crewe's passage soon after the restart, but he clipped the ball over the onrushing Belford and the bar after he burst clear on goal.

But the loan striker played his part as Kirk seized the ball and drove low into the bottom corner for the second before Bowery struck again in off the post with a sweet angled drive as Crewe scored twice in two minutes.

Grubb cut the arrears soon after when he made the most of Dale Bennett's cross and fired in at the far post in the 64th minute.

Substitute Alex Bray struck the bar late on, but defeat was Forest Green's third in a row, while victory moved Crewe nine points clear of the drop zone.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Ng
  • 5Ray
  • 12Nolan
  • 20KirkSubstituted forBarlaserat 90'minutes
  • 14Ainley
  • 18PickeringBooked at 30mins
  • 30GreenBooked at 72mins
  • 16LoweryBooked at 78mins
  • 39McKirdySubstituted forDagnallat 77'minutes
  • 10Bowery

Substitutes

  • 6Raynes
  • 8Jones
  • 9Dagnall
  • 13Richards
  • 21Finney
  • 24Reilly
  • 40Barlaser

Forest Green

  • 30Belford
  • 2Bennett
  • 16Gunning
  • 20RawsonSubstituted forBrownat 80'minutes
  • 3Laird
  • 34Osbourne
  • 5Collins
  • 22ClementsSubstituted forCampbellat 45'minutes
  • 8Grubb
  • 26Reid
  • 15CooperSubstituted forBrayat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Collins
  • 10Brown
  • 12Simpson
  • 25Campbell
  • 31Bray
  • 32Hollis
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
3,274

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Forest Green Rovers 1.

Attempt saved. Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Tommy Lowery.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Daniel Barlaser replaces Charlie Kirk.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by George Ray.

Alex Bray (Forest Green Rovers) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box.

Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Reece Brown replaces Farrend Rawson because of an injury.

Booking

Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chris Dagnall replaces Harry McKirdy.

Booking

Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra).

Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Isaiah Osbourne.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Callum Ainley.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 3, Forest Green Rovers 1. Dayle Grubb (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 3, Forest Green Rovers 0. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Ainley.

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 2, Forest Green Rovers 0. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Gavin Gunning (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Perry Ng (Crewe Alexandra).

Alex Bray (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by George Ray.

Attempt missed. Harry McKirdy (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Second Half

Second Half begins Crewe Alexandra 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Alex Bray replaces Charlie Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Tahvon Campbell replaces Chris Clements.

Half Time

First Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 1, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Foul by Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tommy Lowery (Crewe Alexandra).

Goal!

Goal! Crewe Alexandra 1, Forest Green Rovers 0. Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Pickering following a set piece situation.

Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Accrington37235964402474
2Luton382011779403971
3Notts County381812860392166
4Wycombe37199970521866
5Mansfield371615656381863
6Exeter37196124740763
7Coventry371871243311261
8Lincoln City371612953401360
9Swindon37193155855360
10Carlisle381511125548756
11Newport371314104747053
12Crawley37158144446-253
13Colchester381313124643352
14Cambridge381311143850-1250
15Cheltenham381112155354-145
16Stevenage371111155055-544
17Yeovil37119174757-1042
18Morecambe37913153747-1040
19Crewe38124224762-1540
20Port Vale38911184154-1338
21Forest Green38107214567-2237
22Grimsby38910193257-2537
23Chesterfield3687213765-2831
24Barnet3879223456-2230
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