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Match Report : 08/05/2016

8 May 2016

Fleetwood Town 2-0 Crewe Alexandra

Fleetwood Town secured their League One status with a 2-0 win at home to Crewe on the final day of the season.

Early strikes from Bobby Grant and Devante Cole sealed the points, as Town entered the game knowing a win or a draw would see them over the finish line.

Steven Pressley handed Devante Cole and Bobby Grant starts against Crewe Alexandra, Nick Haughton and Antoni Sarcevic dropping out from the side that lost at Walsall.

Brendan Moore, who has recently returned from a loan spell at Torquay and Danny Andrew, a long term casualty, were named on the bench.

Crewe Alexandra, already relegated to League Two, played two second year scholars for the final game of the season.

On a glorious afternoon on the Fylde Coast, there was a real anticipation surrounding the stadium, with Town knowing their own League One fate rested in their hands.

A couple of half chances fell to both teams in the first ten minutes before Bobby Grant weaved his way through the Crewe defence to see a close range effort saved by Ben Garratt.

A Grant free-kick was well saved a couple of minutes later, but it was third time lucky for the winger as Highbury Stadium erupted courtesy of a special strike from the former Blackpool man.

Town’s popular number 14 picked up a corner kick from the left, and with venom and accuracy, unleashed a thunderous strike from 25-yards, leaving the keeper no chance as it hit the underside of the bar and went in.

And in the 24th minute, Town gained more breathing space from Blackpool and Doncaster, who occupied the final two relegation places, as Cole scored his second goal in as many games.

The striker, who missed a golden chance two minutes previous, was well positioned to tap home into an empty goal after a low cross from the right by David Ball.

Town were creating chances and wanted to add to their tally, Grant, on the prowl, escaped his defender to cut into the box, strike saved and Jimmy Ryan couldn’t tuck away the follow up.

Crewe started the second half with real energy and looked more of a threat in the final third but Nathan Pond and Stevie Jordan were rocks at the back for the Cod Army.

Manager Pressley introduced Andrew for the first time since September in the 58th minute, the full back replacing Ball.

Fleetwood should have wrapped the game up on the hour mark. Andrew’s first contribution was an important block to stop a Crewe attack. From there, Stefan Scougall played a delightful through ball for Cole, to striker clean through but found the wrong side of the post.

Victor Nirennold and Ashley Hunter came on for the second and third changes for the Cod Army, goal scorers Grant and Hunter replaced.

Town stood proud and professionally saw the job out as Fleetwood Town secured their League One status. 

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