Saturday evening sees a long down south to face National League club Eastleigh in the 2nd Round of the FA Cup with the hosts sitting in 11th place in the league. The game is available to watch on BT Sport 1.
So far this season, they have beaten Notts County, Solihull Moors, Boreham Wood, Chesterfield, Maidenhead United and Harrogate Town, they have drawn with Sutton United, Dagenham & Redbridge, Ebbsfleet United, Bromley, Hartlepool United, Chorley, Woking and Halifax Town and lost to Yeovil Town, Barrow, Stockport County, Barnet, AFC Fylde, Torquay United, Dover Athletic and Torquay United.
In the FA Cup, they have advanced past Welling United after a replay in the 4th Qualifying Round before knocking out Stourbridge in Round 1, again after a replay.
Looking back in the archives, the two teams only met the once, also in the FA Cup, in November 2015 where Ben Strevens scored a 75th-minute penalty past substitute goalkeeper Dan Nizic following a red card to Ben Garratt.
Who are the officials for the game?
The officials for this game see John Busby as the man in the middle where he is assisted by Bhupinder Gill and Michael Webb with Craig Hicks being the fourth official. Here are the Crewe games that have been refereed by Busby in the previous 5 years:
- Wycombe Wanderers 5-1 Crewe Alexandra (27th September 2016) – Cooper
- Portsmouth 0-1 Crewe Alexandra (4th March 2017) – Ray