Wrexham travelled to Crewe with a depleted side with several first team players missing as Club Captain Dan Sear failed to report to the team coach for the trip and Ben Valentine was missing through illness, Steve Elliot returned to the squad after missing the last 2 games due to being on International Duty, whilst there was first team call ups for both Matty Watson and Matty Jones for the away trip as they were both named on the bench alongside Dom Hughes who had recovered from injury in time. Dyfan Jones captained the side in the absences of Sears as the Wrexham defence was looking for the fourth consecutive game after recording clean sheets in the previous games against Chester, Southport and Airbus respectively.
Dyfan won the toss and Wrexham kicked the game off and this was quickly chased down by the Crewe front men. Wrexham got off to a shaky start on a pitch that was not best suited to the reds as there was puddles everywhere and to the amazement of the Wrexham lads the referee said the game was on. Joey Jones was playing in a unfamiliar role of central midfield alongside the ever present Steve Garnett, and it was Jones who was causing the Crewe defence nightmares with his height, winning every header in the middle of the park for Aaron Jones and Teets to run on to but the Crewe keeper was quick to react.
The first real chance of the game fell to Crewe as a defensive mix up from Jack Scott and Dyfan Jones allowed the Crewe number 10 to come one on one with Nathan Williams in the Wrexham goal, but the big shot stopper was equal to the striker and thwarting the effort and saving the Wrexham defence any blushes and keeping the record alive. Wrexham’s first effort came from an unlikely source in Dave Jenkins as the speedy winger, turned the Crewe left back in and out but his shot was comfortably saved by the Crewe number 1.
The breakthrough finally came and the record had been stopped as Crewe pouched on another Wrexham mistake as Jason Richards slipped in the clearance which allowed the Crewe striker again to come one on one with Nathan Williams, as much to the dismay of the Wrexham defence and the hard efforts of Dyfan Jones to clear the ball, Crewe scored the first goal of the game and put a stop to Wrexham’s shut out record which stood at 300 minutes without conceding a goal.
It was long before Wrexham were pilling on the pressure with Steve Garnett having a crack from distance and just narrowly missing the target and the warning signs from Wrexham came that there were not going down without a fight. Wrexham got the equaliser they deserved and it was through substitute Dom Hughes who had to come on for the Steve Elliot as the striker was feeling unwell, as Hughes broke through and beating the offside trap and at an angle unleashed a shot low past the keeper and into the back of the net. 1-1 with 35 minutes of the game played. Wrexham could have taken the lead after some good work from Joey and Steve found Dave Jenkins racing up the wing for him to deliver and inch perfect cross for Jason Richards, but somehow the Wrexham centre half managed to send the ball high and wide of the goal.
Wrexham got the second goal and again Joey Jones will take credit for the build up play after a long ball played in by Jack Scott, saw Jones bundled over in the box and the referee had no option in to give the penalty, and it was Steve Garnett who stepped up and sent the keeper the wrong way to score on the stroke of half time and put Wrexham 2-1 up at half time.
Matty Thomas made no substitutes at half time and Wrexham came fired up for the second half looking to add more goals to the talley and get that illusive first win in the league.
Crewe kicked the second half off and came out of the blocks the quickest like they did in the first half and peppered the Wrexham defence with pace and shots from everywhere. Crewe equalised in the 55th minute and it was a well worked goal from the front men again which dragged the Wrexham defence apart and left Nathan Williams trying to defend against 2 Crewe Strikers and unfortunately for the Wrexham number one he was unable to prevent the ball from hitting the back of the net. 2-2 after 55 minutes.
Wrexham were on the back foot now and chasing the game with Craig Davies now playing at left back with Matty Thomas going to play on the left wing to give the left side more room for manoeuvre to create chances, but this came to no avail as Crewe grabbed goal number 3 after a well taken effort from the Crewe number 15 as he managed to lob the 6ft plus Wrexham keeper from 12 yard out with a header to put Crewe back in the lead after coming from 2-1 down at the break. Dyfan Jones and Jason Richards where getting split by the pace of the Crewe target men and could have been further behind, but Richards managed to perform a last ditch tackle in what turned out to be his last action of the game as he was substituted as Matty Watson came on his place, whilst Joey Jones slotted in at centre half for the remainder of the game.
Crewe scored a further 2 more goals as Steve Garnett, Dom Hughes, Jack Scott all had chances to score put where denied by the Crewe number 1
Final score – Crewe Alexandra 5-2 Wexham