March 16, 2013
Alex and Shrews share spoils
Nathan Ellington came close to earning Crewe their first win in three home games when he clattered the bar with a late header in the 1-1 draw with Shrewsbury at Gresty Road.
The veteran striker, who signed for the Railwaymen on a short-term deal a week ago, almost provided the decisive touch in a goalmouth scramble to mark his debut.
Byron Moore gave Alex an early lead when he drove into the far corner after Ajay Leitch-Smith slipped a ball inside after 10 minutes.
But Luke Summerfield headed Shrewsbury level when he was left unmarked to direct Marvin Morgan's 28th-minute delivery into the bottom corner.
Alex left-back Gregor Robertson planted a far-post header over after greeting a Kelvin Mellor cross.
But Shrewsbury relied on the excellence of Chris Weale, who made a string of excellent saves after the restart.
The former Leicester City goalkeeper pawed a Leitch-Smith cross-cum-shot away from his top corner and then blocked the same striker's left-footed effort.
Weale then denied teenager Max Clayton with a near-post save.
But Crewe were nearly caught out by a swift Shrews counter attack that almost produced a fourth goal in five games for Bolton loanee Tom Eaves.
The towering striker was denied by Alex keeper Steve Phillips, who was smartly of his line.
Sub Ellington went close to stealing the win before Shrewsbury had later penalty appeals turned down after Rob Purdie fell in the box.
|Crewe Alexandra||Shrewsbury Town|
|1 Steve Phillips||1 Chris Weale|
|15 Gregor Robertson||5 Darren Jones|
|5 Mark Ellis||3 Joe Jacobson|
|3 Harry Davis||23 Yado Mambo|
|14 Kelvin Mellor||30 Cameron Gayle|
|19 Abdul Osman||11 John Taylor|
|11 Byron Moore||8 Matthew Richards|
|8 Luke Murphy||4 Luke Summerfield|
|7 Max Clayton||19 David McAllister|
|10 Ajay Leitch-Smith||10 Marvin Morgan|
|9 Mathias Pogba||24 Tom Eaves|
|13 Alan Martin||Joe Anyon 25|
|6 Adam Dugdale||Connor Goldson 18|
|2 Matt Tootle||Paul Parry 17|
|12 Oliver Turton||Robert Purdie 6|
|26 Chuks Aneke||Stephen McGinn 15|
|32 Nathan Ellington||Aaron Wildig 20|
|27 Ryan Colclough||Luke Rodgers 29|
|Nathan Ellington for Max Clayton (80)||Connor Goldson for Cameron Gayle (56)|
|Matt Tootle for Kelvin Mellor (82)||Stephen McGinn for David McAllister (63)|
|Robert Purdie for Marvin Morgan (83)|
|David McAllister (38)|
|Tom Eaves (55)|
|· Squads: Crewe Alexandra | Shrewsbury Town|