A 62nd minute free kick from midfielder Matt Dolan was enough for Yeovil Town in their trip to the Alexandra Stadium to give the visitors their 3rd successive 1-0 win. Crewe made one change from their line-up that drew 1-1 at Notts County last Saturday with Chelsea loanee Alex Kiwomya returning from injury coming in for full debutant Tom Lowery whilst the Glovers naming an unchanged line-up from their 1-0 home win against Newport County last Saturday.
The game started off with Crewe striker Chris Dagnall getting an early booking for a late challenge on Alex Lacey before a couple of headers by the hosts were saved from Dagnall and George Cooper by Artur Krysiak. In a rare chance for Yeovil, Tahvon Campbell was denied as his effort hit the side-netting under pressure from the defence.
In the 34th minute, Crewe skipper Ryan Lowe was played in by Kiwomya but a heavy touch allowed Krysiak to make a save before he almost turned in a Cooper cross which was flicked on at the near post by Jon Guthrie. Before the end of the half, Dagnall’s shot from the edge of the box hit the bar but didn’t cross the line.
Yeovil came out of the blocks quicker in the second half with Campbell forcing Alex keeper Ben Garratt into a save from 35 yards out before Otis Khan’s effort from just outside the box went wide of Garratt’s post. The visitors took the lead just after the hour as Dolan’s left-footed free kick was well-struck into the bottom corner from 30 yards.
Dagnall hit the bar after he guided sub Callum Ainley’s cross towards goal before Ryan Hedges’ free kick deflected off teammate Francois Zoko and onto the post a few minutes before time.
Crewe travel to Leyton Orient next Saturday whilst Yeovil host Grimsby.
Crewe (4-4-2): Garratt; Turton, Davis, Guthrie, Bakayago; Cooper, Hollands (Ainley 75), Bingham (Jones 58), Kiwomya; Lowe (c), Dagnall
Booked: Dagnall 2
Yeovil (4-3-3): Krysiak; Mugabi, Ward (c), Lacey, Smith; Dolan, Lawless, Dawson; Campbell (Eaves 59), Hedges, Khan (Zoko 76)
Booked: Khan 35