Stevenage 0-1 Crewe: Boro fall to Jordan Bowery strike

PUBLISHED: 19:04 20 October 2018 | UPDATED: 19:11 20 October 2018

Luther Wildin of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Luther Wildin of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Dino Maamria’s ten-man Stevenage lost 1-0 at home to Crewe at the Lamex on Saturday to a 57th minute Jordan Bowery goal after defender Ben Nugent was sent-off early in the first half as they suffered their second home defeat of the season.

Alex Revell of Stevenage sees his shot blocked Jordan Bowery of Crewe Alexandra in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOAlex Revell of Stevenage sees his shot blocked Jordan Bowery of Crewe Alexandra in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

The result sees them fall to tenth after losing their second league match on the bounce.

Alex Revell of Stevenage rues a missed chance in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOAlex Revell of Stevenage rues a missed chance in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

There were boos at the final whistle among the Stevenage faithful despite the side rallying from the early setback with energy – which bodes well for their next home game on Tuesday night against Port Vale, despite their loss against the Alex.

Alex Revell of Stevenage stretches for a cross in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOAlex Revell of Stevenage stretches for a cross in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Boro made a quick start to the game, Kurtis Guthrie getting on the end of a Byrom lobbed ball into the area before turning his man and shooting straight at the keeper, with the subequent corner headed over the bar by Scott Cuthbert.

Luther Wildin of Stevenage bursts onto a loose ball and into the box but shoots over the bar in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOLuther Wildin of Stevenage bursts onto a loose ball and into the box but shoots over the bar in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

The home side continued to dominate possession and continuing to trouble the Crewe goal.

Luther Wildin of Stevenage bursts onto a loose ball and into the box but shoots over the bar in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOLuther Wildin of Stevenage bursts onto a loose ball and into the box but shoots over the bar in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

However, the pivotal moment came in the 12th minute a long ball was collected by the Crewe striker before Ben Nugent came across and lightly tugged at his shirt.

Luther Wildin of Stevenage bursts onto a loose ball and into the box but shoots over the bar in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOLuther Wildin of Stevenage bursts onto a loose ball and into the box but shoots over the bar in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

The Stevenage players were adamant the giant centre-half wasn’t last man but the officials saw differently and sent Nugent for an early bath.

Luther Wildin of Stevenage bursts onto a loose ball and into the box but shoots over the bar in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOLuther Wildin of Stevenage bursts onto a loose ball and into the box but shoots over the bar in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Despite the early setback and a few Crewe chances, Stevenage settled and continued to press.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage gets the a loose ball in the box ahead of Kevin O'Connor of Crewe Alexandra in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage gets the a loose ball in the box ahead of Kevin O'Connor of Crewe Alexandra in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Guthrie received the ball unmarked in the box from Wildin’s cross, but couldn’t get the ball from out of his feet and the keeper collected.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage gets the a loose ball in the box ahead of Kevin O'Connor of Crewe Alexandra in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage gets the a loose ball in the box ahead of Kevin O'Connor of Crewe Alexandra in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Moments later Guthrie had another golden chance after great work from Ben Kennedy on the right led to him cutting inside and delivering a dinked cross into him, but the attcker rattled the woodwork with his header.

Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage goes down under pressure from Kevin O'Connor of Crewe Alexandra in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOKurtis Guthrie of Stevenage goes down under pressure from Kevin O'Connor of Crewe Alexandra in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Crew’s pressure eventually told in the second half when Bowery cut inside the Stevenage defence, before curling it into far corner with the outside of his foot. Crewe kept up the pressure despite gaining the lead when Callum Ainley received the ball on the edge of the box, but he fired over.

Ben Garratt of Crewe Alexandra saves at the feet of Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOBen Garratt of Crewe Alexandra saves at the feet of Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Set pieces were Boro’s best chance of scoring and they almost did when Guthrie got his head to the ball only to direct it just wide.

Ben Garratt of Crewe Alexandra saves at the feet of Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOOBen Garratt of Crewe Alexandra saves at the feet of Kurtis Guthrie of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Crewe Alexandra at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

The lively striker popped up again a couple of minutes later only to see his back-post header blocked on the line as his valiant efforts were not enough to force the goal they needed as the Crewe defence stood strong.

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