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Crewe Share Points Again

Ellis scores his second

By Michael Rowland
October 9 2010

Another 6 goals at Gresty Road as Crewe & Torquay share a point

Ashley WestwoodCrewe Alexandra continued as the league’s draw specialists as the score’s are tied 3-3 at Gresty Road against Torquay United.

Crewe fought back from 3-1 down to snatch a point from Torquay thanks to a second half brace from Man-of-the-Match Ashley Westwood.

Boss Dario Gradi named an unchanged side from Tuesday night JPT match against Macclesfield although Nick Powell and Shaun Miller returned to the bench and misfit Calvin Zola missed out all together.

Torquay began the game at an electric pace and found themselves one nil up after just 8 minutes thanks to a Mark Ellis header. Ellis lost his marker David Artell and nodded past Alex keeper Rhys Taylor who was rooted to the goal line. Crewe immediately had a chance to draw the score’s level, Clayton Donaldson failing to take his chance after combining well with Joel Grant.

Crewe then had several half chances, Patrick Ada and Donaldson again coming close, although it was Ellis again, in almost a repeat of the first goal, rising unchallenged converting a Kelvin Nicholson free kick to leave the Alex two nil down and a mountain to climb after just 16 minutes.

Against the run of play Crewe had a chance to pull a goal back, Torquay’s Guy Branston handling inside the box, but Lee Bell missed his penalty smashing his strike against the underside of the bar. Luckily Crewe only had to wait a minute before Clayton Donaldson hit an unstoppable shot past the Torquay keeper, Luke Murphy with the assist, leaving The Alex just one goal behind at the break.

Crewe came out for the second half with all guns blazing although both sides had chances to score David Artell came closest following a Lee Bell free kick.

Although enjoying their best spell of the game Crewe then went three one down. Lee Bell gave possession away cheaply in his own half Eunan O’Kane taking advantage to again leave The Railway Men with a two goal deficit.

Gradi brought fresh legs into the game Aj Leitch Smith and Shaun Miller replacing Donaldson and Joel Grant although it was left to midfielder Ashley Westwood to lead The Alex fight back. His 1st goal, an early contender for goal of the season, a sweet volley after taking the ball on his chest following a clearance from Guy Branston.

16 year-old Nick Powell was then introduced to the game replacing the ineffective Byron Moore and immediately went close to level the scores. The bumper 4,445 strong crowed raised their voices and Crewe responded. Luke Murphy had a rasping shot saved but Leitch-Smith collected the ball only to be brought down by Torquay’s Branston. Crewe’s talisman Westwood confidently took over penalty duties from the disappointing Lee Bell and confidently converted his spot kick to level the scores at three each.

Both sides had chances to win the match, Torquay coming closest, Rhys Taylor saving excellently and MotM Westwood clearing off the line. Murphy could have made it 4-3 but missed from a header late on and as the final whistle was blown both sides will probably be happy with a point.

The Railwaymen have now drawn an amazing 7 of their last 9 games as Gradi’s men fail to convert their chances to take all three points.  Crewe’s unbeaten streak now stretches to 9 games having last tasted defeat at the hands of Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town in the League Cup on 24th August. The Alex have scored 12 goals in three games but more worryingly have also conceded 10. The latest draw leaves Crewe 15th in the nPower League 2 table.

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