Second-half goals from Billy Sass-Davies, Callum Ainley and Max Woodcock saw Crewe Alexandra defeat Queens Park Rangers at the Alexandra Stadium in the Under-23 Professional Development League this afternoon.
Manager Alex Morris named Dave Richards in goal with Travis Johnson, Sass-Davies, Zac Williams and Callum McFadzean across the back 4. The midfield 4 saw Ainley, Joe Robbins, Regan Griffiths and Oli Finney play with Connor Salisbury and Woodcock start up front. The substitutes were goalkeeper Sam Booth, Sean Lawton, Charlie Finney, Ty Webster and Owen Lunt.
The visitors took the lead in the 25th minute with one of their centre-backs turning in an inswinging corner at the back post after Richards was blocked off by a number of bodies before Sass-Davies would head home a free-kick from Ainley from 12 yards out with 25 minutes to play.
The provider turned scorer minutes later, guiding a header into the bottom corner from a McFadzean cross from the left before Woodcock would score with 4 minutes to play, a tap-in at the back post following good work from Finney holding off the right-back to square for the first-year scholar to score his third of the season at this level.
The next games at this level see travelling to Swansea City next Monday (2 pm kick-off) before hosting Wigan Athletic at the Alexandra Stadium on Wednesday 29th (1 pm kick-off).
Alex: Richards; Johnson, Sass-Davies, Williams, McFadzean; Ainley, Robbins, Griffiths, O. Finney; Salisbury, Woodcock
QPR: Team not made public