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Crewe Alexandra 3-0 Harrogate Town

Crewe maintained their excellent start on their return to the Second Division as they recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Harrogate.

The Railwaymen dominated the first half and two set pieces just before the break from Dan Agyei and Kelvin Mellor put them on the path to their second win in their first two games.

Callum Ainley went close twice early, driving past the base of a post and then unleashing a first try that just cleared the bar.

When Peter Jameson failed to save an angle shot from Brentford winger Lachlan Brook on loan, a visiting defender had to dodge as the ball trickled towards goal.

Crewe’s Bassala Sambou came close with a curl but it was the dead ball that his side scored with.

Zac Williams headed a corner back over the goal and Agyei pushed forward and polished off a close-range header in the 44th minute.

Then Harrogate was reversed from another corner, struck by a thunderous header from Mellor at the far post in added time.

The Yorkshire visitors emerged from their bowl after the break and Luke Armstrong threw a header over before the striker swerved inside the box only to try and pass.

Jaheim Headley smashed a shot into the side netting but Crewe sealed the win in the 77th minute when substitute Courtney Baker-Richardson followed up on his first try, which was saved by Jameson, and fired into the corner of the net.

Match report by PA Media.

lineups

crew

formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Okonkwo
  • 2Mellor
  • 5MC Donald
  • 6Offord
  • 4WilliamsReplaced byKolkettat 61′protocol
  • 8thThomas
  • 21UwakweBooked at 81 minutes
  • 17streamReplaced byBaker-Richardsonat 68′protocol
  • 10AinleyReplaced byLeshabelaat 84′protocol
  • 19SambuBooked at 65 minutesReplaced byFinneyat 84′protocol
  • 11AgyeiReplaced byGriffithsat 84′protocol

substitute

  • 9Baker-Richardson
  • 12Griffiths
  • 14Finney
  • 16Kolkett
  • 18Leshabela
  • 22Sass Davies
  • 23stall

Harrogate

formation 3-4-2-1

  • 21Jamesson
  • 2Welch Hayes
  • 6burrell
  • 3Mattock
  • 7Thomas
  • 22Dooley
  • 17oyster fieldReplaced byMuldoonat 68′protocol
  • fifteenHeadley
  • 16Pattison
  • 28Daly
  • 29Armstrong

substitute

  • 1Oxley
  • 14richards
  • 18Muldoon
  • 24Ferguson
  • 25Horbury
  • 26Ilesanmi

Referee:
Declan Bourne

Participation:
3,881

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