Crewe coast to victory over Exeter
Goals from Alex Kiwomya and Danny Hollands secured Crewe a hard-fought 2-0 win over Exeter.
The Railwaymen hung onto the slender advantage given to them by Chelsea loanee Kiwomya’s first-half strike, the fourth goal of his loan spell at Gresty Road.
Steve Davis’ side were under the cosh in the second half until August signing Hollands got in behind to finish under Bobby Olejnik with three minutes left.
Kiwomya punished Exeter’s high line when he ran clear onto a high ball over the top from George Cooper and fired into the bottom corner in the 23rd minute.
Chris Dagnall should have doubled Crewe’s lead after latching onto Jack Stacey’s mistake, rounding Olejnik only to drag his shot past the post from a tight angle.
After the break Stacey clipped the crossbar with a chip and Jake Taylor’s deflected shot fizzed the wrong side of the post.
Garratt did well to keep out Ryan Harley’s 20-yard drive and then former Crewe man Joel Grant got in the way of Connor Riley-Lowe’s goalbound effort.
Dagnall’s luck was out again when his angled drive crashed onto the near post.
Olejnik tipped over Jon Guthrie’s header, but was beaten by midfielder Hollands as Crewe took the honours in the first meeting of the sides for 25 years.