Goals from Ollie Finney, Luke Offord and Regan Griffiths were enough for Crewe Alexandra to defeat Runcorn Linnets in the 1st Round of the Cheshire Senior Cup last night at the Millbank Linnets Stadium.
Manager Alex Morris was named Dave Richards in goal as captain with a back 4 of Abdul Djalo, Travis Johnson, Oliver Southern and Offord in front of him. In midfield, James Jones and Griffiths played centrally with Daniel Powell and Callum Ainley on the flanks with Finney playing off Connor Heath up front. On the bench were goalkeeper Andrew Walklate, Aaron Lomas and Joe Robbins.
Finney opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, finding the bottom corner before the hosts equalised on the hour-mark direct from a Louis Corrigan corner. Offord would score with 16 minutes left to play as he got on the end of an Ainley cross before Griffiths would score 5 minutes later to wrap the game up.
The next couple of games for the Under-23s sees a trip to Burnley on Monday afternoon before hosting Wigan Athletic at Reaseheath a week later.
Crewe: Richards (c); Djalo, Johnson, Southern, Offord; Powell, Griffiths (Lomas 82), Jones, Ainley; Finney; Heath (Robbins 73)
Runcorn: Mottram, Corrigan, Hinnigan, Moore, Cannon-Noren (Brown 58), Sherlock, McKinney, Hamid (Gibson 63), Wade, Bellew, Mullan (Wylie 64)