HOCKEY: A HEROIC late comeback by Crewe kept their promotion push on track.
Although they did not know at the time, Division Two West lead-ers Bolton had surrendered their unbeaten record with a 4-2 reverse at Wrexham.
That result offered second-placed Crewe the perfect chance to get back in the title hunt, but two goals down with 10 minutes to go, it looked unlikely.
But a three-goal salvo, thanks to a Dave Holland brace and a James Capper strike, sealed a super win. Now Vagrants are within striking distance of Bolton, just two points behind.
Lytham were on top from the off and went close twice before opening the scoring on 12 minutes. Vagrants remained under severe pressure and 'keeper Graham Coombs had to make several stops to keep them in contention.
Holland saw two shots blocked at the other end, but a powerful effort from the edge of the area made it 2-0 before the break.
Vagrants looked stronger in the second half but struggled to find the lethal touch. Nick Marshall had a good effort kicked away by the home 'keeper, and Capper smacked a shot against the bar.
With time running out, Holland handed his side a lifeline, drilling home a shot following a corner to make it 2-1.
Lytham's indiscipline got the better of them and they had two players sent from the pitch. Crewe took advantage when Capper rifled them level from Tom Alexander's pinpoint cross.
Just four minutes later Holland smashed home the second of two short corner attempts to put Crewe 3-2 in front, and there was no time for Lytham to reply.
Crewe 2nds were hammered 13-0 by Brooklands MU 4ths, the 3rds lost 3-2 to Oxton 4ths, and Crewe 4ths beat Sale 3rds 7-3.
The Ladies 1sts beat Oxton 1sts 3-1, the 2nds lost 4-2 to Bebington, while the 3rds were 3-0 victors over South Cheshire 2nds.