HOCKEY: CREWE had to share the spoils with Lytham St Annes after coming within 13 minutes of victory in a 3-3 draw on Saturday.
They started well with a fine attacking move enabling them to get off the mark early on, when Gary Roberts fired home from Dave Holland's pass after only five minutes.
But Lytham hit back on 12 minutes when a cross was rifled in from the right and a waiting forward applied the finishing touch with little opposition.
Inspired, the hosts mounted pressure and four minutes later won a short corner which they converted with a fierce drive, making it 2-1.
Crewe were stung and James Capper shot just wide before Andrew Ashworth, Neil Darling and Paddy Leese combined to play Capper in for another, stifled shot.
On 20 minutes, a further break released Holland who unleashed a stinging angled drive to put Crewe back on terms.
The visitors began to dominate as half-time approached, and Holland converted a short corner with a thunderous shot to send his side into the break 3-2 ahead.
The second half opened with a fine save by Crewe keeper Ravi Kaler, and the game see-sawed as the hosts' desperate efforts to equalise also left gaps.
Crewe thought they were heading for maximum points but were caught napping as Lytham hit back to make it 3-3. Vagrants rallied with Roberts and Capper back on the offensive, but a draw was the fairest result.
Crewe seconds earned their first points since the opening day of the season with a 4-4 draw with Manchester Trinity.
Goals from captain Steve Bowyer and Graham Cooke were cancelled out to leave it 2-2 at the break. Trinity took a 3-2 lead before Ben Rigby hit back for the Vagrants.
All looked lost when Trinity hit the front again, but a James Nicholson strike earned the draw.
Crewe Vagrants' third team lost 3-0 to second-placed Alder-ley Edge, while free-scoring Ryan Griffiths added another four goals to his tally in the fourth team's fine 5-0 victory against Chester. Neil Gibbons scored the other goal.
Crewe Vagrants Ladies' first team continued their disastrous start to the season, losing to Kirkby Stephen 2-1. After conceding two goals inside the first 15 minutes, Crewe rallied and tried everything to get back on terms.
Lisa Bebington drilled home an unstoppable shot to halve the deficit, but Kirkby comfortably held on for the win.