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Games Of The Season: Crewe Alexandra (H)

2 June 2019

Local derbies are always eagerly anticipated affairs - yet as Sol Campbell's men took to the hallowed Moss Rose pitch to face Crewe Alexandra in early February, bragging rights were of secondary importance to our enthralling crusade towards EFL safety.

An electric atmosphere greeted the two sides as the visitors proceeded to take a third minute lead when Jordan Bowery delicately took the ball over Kieran O'Hara which dipped into the vacant goal.

Yet the lead was two be relatively short-lived, as twelve minutes later Scott Wilson surged through the Alex defence and confidently restored parity by firing past Ben Garratt.

The touchpaper had unquestionably been lit, as the Silkmen faithful willed their side on in a manner which inspired us all.

Despite this, it was our Cheshire neighbours who would claim the ascendancy once more just after the half-hour mark when Chris Porter was adjudged to have been brought down in the penalty area and the referee emphatically pointed to the spot.

Porter stepped up to take the spot-kick himself and the former Oldham man made no mistake from twelve yards out to restore Crewe's lead.

A reinvigorated Silkmen side came out for the second period and gallantly laid their minds and bodies on the line right from the off.

Michael Rose and Harry Smith both carved out guilt-edged chances to draw The Silkmen level for a second time, before Nathan Cameron tenaciously bundled the ball home in front of the jubilant Star Lane End.

The closing stages of the match were captivating to say the least, with both sides intent on claiming what would surely prove to be the match-winner.

In the dying seconds of injury-time Crewe were awarded a corner on the right. Bowery floated the ball in and it was met by Alex skipper George Ray who connected perfectly with it to give the visitors a seemingly unassailable lead.

To most sides, it would have been a terminal blow. Yet what was to follow will be etched into the hearts and minds of the Silkmen faithful for many years to come.

Reece Cole picked claimed the ball twenty-yards out, before majestically firing across the face of goal and finding the far corner of the net with effectively the last kick of the game.

The scenes at the end of the game manifested them as a statement to all our doubters - backed by our devoted supporters, that this team would never give up the battle to retain our EFL status and ultimately, that was exactly what was to happen.

Here are the match highlights -


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