TEENAGE goalkeeper Danny Read made an impressive first-team debut as Crewe earned a goalless draw at Rylands on Saturday.
Read came in for the injured Steve Harding after performing well in Wednesday's friendly against Crewe Alexandra.
'I have known Danny's father Clive for a long time,' said Crewe FC's director of coaching Pat Slack. 'He was my goalkeeper in one of the first youth teams at Crewe Alex when Ernie Tagg was manager and Alan A'Court was coach.'
While Read looked assured, he watched his team-mates carve out numerous chances only to be denied by the woodwork, the Rylands goalkeeper or
rank poor finishing. Steve Parker should have opened the scoring from the penalty spot but his weak effort was saved.
The second period followed a similar pattern and Danny Brazendale could have had a hat-trick.
Manager Ian O'Reilly was less than happy with his off-target attackers.
'I view it as a defeat as we should have won by a bag full. We totally dominated them for 90% of the game. Danny did well in goal, Nick Butterworth was immaculate in defence and Rob Shaw was at the centre of most things in midfield, but to only have a point to show for is very disappointing.'
O'Reilly was happier with the performance against the Alex, which saw them lose 1-0 to a late Lee Bell goal.
'I hope the crowd saw enough from us to tempt them to come along and watch us again. I would like to thank Dario Gradi for allowing the team to play and Neil Baker for arranging the game.'
Crewe hope to have Dave Hanson fit for tonight's league game against Bollington (6.30pm). They then entertain Crosfields on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the reserves will play their first match in the new Mid Cheshire League Reserve Division at Linotype's second string this Saturday.