13/10/2018 3:00 pm
Referee: Graham Salisbury
A Ben Garratt masterclass earned Crewe Alexandra a point on Saturday at home to Bury, for whom Alex Academy graduate Nicky Maynard cancelled out Charlie Kirk’s first-half opener.
Manager David Artell made 2 changes from last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Lincoln City, both at full-back, as Corey Whelan was on international duty and Kevin O’Connor dropped down to the bench with Nicky Hunt and Harry Pickering coming into the team.
The first chance of the game came in the third minute as George Ray, celebrating his 25th birthday, headed a Pickering corner wide of the goal before the first of Ben Garratt’s saves as he saved from Danny Mayor.
The opening goal of the game came with 7 minutes before half-time as Jordan Bowery’s persistence down the right saw him as he rolled the ball back to Hunt to cross first-time for Kirk to volley in at the back post.
The equaliser came 9 minutes after the break as Maynard turned in a low cross from Nicky Adams before Garratt made another top save from former Alex loanee Chris Stokes’ header from a corner. Another save from Garratt saw substitute Dom Telford, who came on for Chris Dagnall, before Kirk blazed over on the counter following a diagonal James Jones ball. Garratt once again saved from Stokes before another late save from the Alex number 1 denied Maynard again.
The next game sees the Alex travel to Stevenage this Saturday.
What have we learned from this game?
It was another game where we came out after half-time with a performance that was nothing like the first half in terms of performance and tempo. This, again, was another game where the defensive unit shone with Garratt having one of his best matches for the club with Ray and Perry Ng solid again. Now if we can get the other end as good then we’ll see ourselves move up the table.