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Match Report

Crewe Alexandra 1
Dale, Lynch
Hull City 2

The Under-18s were unfortunate to come away with nothing to show for their efforts after suffering a frustrating 2-1 home defeat to Crewe Alexandra.

In awful weather conditions that saw both sides competing against the wind and rain, as well as each other at Bishop Burton College, Ahmed Salam opened the scoring to give the Tigers an early lead, only for Richard O’Donnell and Richard Naylor’s side to be pegged back by Owen Dale and Joel Lynch goals for the visitors.

The home team made a positive start to the game and took a deserved 14th-minute lead when Salam rounded off a flowing team move with a cool finish into the bottom corner past helpless Crewe keeper Scott Wardley - his fourth goal in as many games.

However, Crewe were always in the game and got themselves back on level terms shortly after the half hour mark when Dale rifled an unstoppable strike into the top corner from 25 yards.

The weather conditions worsened as the contest continued, and that affected the clash in the second period, and although the Tigers dominated for large periods after the restart, they couldn’t find an all-important second goal.

Instead, against the run of play, it was the visitors who grabbed a late winner with just nine minutes to secure all three points, with substitute Lynch arriving late on the edge of the box to fire low into the corner.