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Crewe Alexandra 3-0 Macclesfield Town

Jordan Bowery's double and a superb strike from Charlie Kirk saw Crewe coast to a 3-0 win over Macclesfield in the Cheshire derby.

The Silkmen found themselves two down in the first half after Kirk curled a lofted finish into the far corner for Crewe's 16th-minute opener and Bowery towered above the keeper to head in Kirk's cross after 40 minutes.

Had it not been for Kieran O'Hara's heroics, the margin of the Railwaymen's victory would have been greater.

The on-loan Manchester United keeper kept out Bowery's first-time shot with his legs and blocked a near-post effort from the striker late in the first half.

Macclesfield's build-up play was neat and tidy, but they were let down by their finishing.

Jordan Ponticelli rolled a finish into the arms of Ben Garratt and the on-loan Coventry City striker's debut got worse when he was stretchered off soon after with a knee injury.

After the restart substitute Nathan Blissett added some presence, but his tame effort at Garratt summed up the afternoon for Macclesfield, who are still looking for their first win.

Crewe were much sharper and after O'Hara again denied Bowery with his legs, the keeper was left stranded when James Jones dinked a cross for the unmarked Bowery to nod in his second in the 68th minute.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Garratt
  • 2Ng
  • 5Ray
  • 12NolanSubstituted forHuntat 19'minutes
  • 33O'ConnorBooked at 58minsSubstituted forNichollsat 79'minutes
  • 11AinleySubstituted forRaynesat 70'minutes
  • 8Jones
  • 15Wintle
  • 20Kirk
  • 9Miller
  • 10Bowery

Substitutes

  • 6Raynes
  • 7Porter
  • 13Richards
  • 14Nicholls
  • 16Lowery
  • 24Reilly
  • 29Hunt

Macclesfield

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1O'Hara
  • 19Pearson
  • 5KelleherSubstituted forVincentiat 79'minutes
  • 6GrimesBooked at 83mins
  • 3Fitzpatrick
  • 18MaycockSubstituted forWelch-Hayesat 45'minutes
  • 17Evans
  • 26PonticelliSubstituted forBlissettat 36'minutes
  • 23Whitaker
  • 16Napa
  • 10Smith

Substitutes

  • 4Lowe
  • 8Marsh
  • 12Taylor
  • 13Blissett
  • 14Welch-Hayes
  • 20Vincenti
  • 22Arthur
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:
3,915

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamMacclesfield
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home13
Away23
Shots on Target
Home8
Away11
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Macclesfield Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Macclesfield Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Malachi Napa (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Whitaker (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Ben Garratt.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Malachi Napa (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Fitzpatrick (Macclesfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  11. Booking

    Jamie Grimes (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Michael Raynes (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Grimes (Macclesfield Town).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Ryan Wintle.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Peter Vincenti replaces Fiacre Kelleher.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Alex Nicholls replaces Kevin O'Connor.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Malachi Napa (Macclesfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Macclesfield Town. Conceded by Kevin O'Connor.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fiacre Kelleher (Macclesfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Hunt (Crewe Alexandra).