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Crewe Alexandra 3-0 Harrogate Town

Crewe maintained their excellent start on returning to League Two as they registered a comfortable 3-0 win over Harrogate.

The Railwaymen dominated the first half and two set-piece goals just before the interval from Dan Agyei and Kelvin Mellor put them on the path to their second win from their opening two games.

Callum Ainley twice went close early on, driving past the foot of a post and then unleashing a first-time effort which just cleared the bar.

When Peter Jameson failed to hold on-loan Brentford winger Lachlan Brook's angled shot, evasive action was needed from a visiting defender as the ball trickled goalwards.

Crewe's Bassala Sambou went close with a curling effort, but it was from the dead ball that his side made it count.

Zac Williams headed a corner back across goal and Agyei thrust forwards and polished off a close-range header in the 44th minute.

Then Harrogate were undone from another corner, which was met with a thundering far-post header from Mellor in stoppage time.

The Yorkshire visitors emerged from their shell after the break and Luke Armstrong glanced a header over before the striker wriggled into space inside the box, only to lift his effort over.

Jaheim Headley smashed a shot into the side netting, but Crewe sealed victory in the 77th minute when substitute Courtney Baker-Richardson followed up his initial effort, which was parried by Jameson, and slotted into the corner of the net.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Crewe

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Okonkwo
  • 2Mellor
  • 5McDonald
  • 6Offord
  • 4WilliamsSubstituted forColkettat 60'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 8Thomas
  • 21UwakweBooked at 81mins
  • 17BrookSubstituted forBaker-Richardsonat 68'minutes
  • 10AinleySubstituted forLeshabelaat 84'minutes
  • 19SambouSubstituted forFinneyat 84'minutes
  • 11AgyeiSubstituted forGriffithsat 84'minutes

Substitutes

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

Harrogate

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 21Jameson
  • 2Welch-Hayes
  • 6Burrell
  • 3Mattock
  • 7Thomson
  • 22Dooley
  • 17AusterfieldSubstituted forMuldoonat 68'minutes
  • 15Headley
  • 16Pattison
  • 28Daly
  • 29Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Oxley
  • 14Richards
  • 18Muldoon
  • 24Ferguson
  • 25Horbury
  • 26Ilesanmi
Referee:
Declan Bourne
Attendance:
3,881

Match Stats

Home TeamCreweAway TeamHarrogate
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Harrogate Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crewe Alexandra 3, Harrogate Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Luke Armstrong (Harrogate Town).

  4. Post update

    Regan Griffiths (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Pattison (Harrogate Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jaheim Headley.

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Tariq Uwakwe (Crewe Alexandra).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Courtney Baker-Richardson (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Regan Griffiths.

  8. Post update

    Warren Burrell (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Courtney Baker-Richardson (Crewe Alexandra).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Regan Griffiths replaces Daniel Agyei.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Thakgalo Leshabela replaces Callum Ainley.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Oliver Finney replaces Bassala Sambou.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jaheim Headley (Harrogate Town).

  14. Post update

    Callum Ainley (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Pattison (Harrogate Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Armstrong.

  16. Booking

    Tariq Uwakwe (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Warren Burrell (Harrogate Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Courtney Baker-Richardson (Crewe Alexandra).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Pattison (Harrogate Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Thomson.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Crewe Alexandra 3, Harrogate Town 0. Courtney Baker-Richardson (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

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