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The Complete History Of Our EFL Trips To Crewe

21 February 2020

Although Macclesfield Town and Crewe Alexandra has a long and illustrious history together in the non-league game, we have only travelled to Gresty Road in order to contest an EFL fixture on four previous occasions.
 
Ahead of our fifth jaunt across Cheshire on Saturday afternoon, we take a look back at each of these.
 
Our first visit to Gresty Road for an EFL encounter was on 5th September 2009, when Keith Alexander saw his side thwarted by Joel Grant's injury-time strike.
 
The visitors dominated the first half - despite the fact that Calvin Zola opened the scoring in the eleventh minute.
 
Just after the half-hour mark, parity was restored when Isak Reid's innovative assist was fired home by Ricky Sappleton.
 
That was how things remained until injury-time at the end of the second period, when Grant beat Jose Veiga at his near post to claim all three points for the hosts.
 
The Railwaymen were to claim another late strike in our second EFL visit to Gresty Road which occurred in September 2010.
 
Tyrone Barnett had given The Silkmen a 52nd minute lead, yet A-Jay Leitch-Smith was to level the tie in the dying seconds to ensure that the points were shared.
 
Our first EFL victory at Gresty Road game on 22nd October 2011, when Gary Simpson took his Silkmen side across Cheshire for the third time.
 
Midfielder Ross Draper was to be the hero that afternoon, as his surging run and clinical 19th minute finish proved to be decisive.
 
The last time that we visited Gresty Road was in September 2018, yet it proved to be a day to forget for the Silkmen faithful.
 
Mark Yates' side suffered a 3 - 0 defeat that day, with Charlie Kirk opening the scoring in the 16th minute - looping the ball into the far corner of the net.
 
Kirk then provided the assist for Jordan Bowery to head home five minutes before the interval and it was the latter who completed the scoring in the 68th minute when he converted James Jones' cross from close-range.
 
All this means that our complete EFL record when travelling to Crewe is as follows -
 
Played 4. Won 1. Drawn 1. Lost 2.

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