HOCKEY: VAGRANTS fans looked on in disbelief as their side surrendered a two-goal lead against lowly Formby on Saturday.
The Crewe side's sticky spell continued as they threw away a bright start to allow their visitors to snatch a point from the jaws of defeat.
James Capper, Nick Marshall and Dave Holland all went close before Andrew Ashworth fired Vagrants ahead in the 28th minute following a fine counter-attack led by Holland and Capper.
They doubled the advantage three minutes into the second period when Holland's pass was touched in by Capper.
Further scoring opportunities came and went and Formby stunned Crewe when they halved their deficit from a clinically converted short corner.
The goal gave Formby fresh impetus and they equalised with a close range finish five minutes later after a sustained spell of pressure.
Vagrants regained their lead when a breakaway saw Capper's cross turned in by Marshall.
But goalkeeper Ravi Kaler had to make two fine saves as Formby fired back and they produced a late leveller from another short corner routine to leave Vagrants paying a heavy price for relaxing their early grip on the game.
They will be eager to produce a more consistent display when they visit the North League Division Two West's bottom club Cheetham Heywood this Saturday (1.30pm).
Vagrants Seconds lost 2-0 at Manchester Trinity after conceding goals early and late in the game. Between times, Ben Rigby was denied by an excellent stop by the Trinity keeper and Graham Cooke struck the post from a short corner.
The second string have no fixture this weekend.
The games involving the Thirds and Fourths were both postponed due to frozen pitches.
Crewe Vagrants Ladies 1 Northern Ladies 0:
A second-half goal from Bev Jackson saw Vagrants Ladies consolidate fifth spot in the North Feeder League on Saturday.
Vagrants dominated the match but were unable to convert a string of chances before Jackson turned in an effort from Denise Tuck to give her side their sixth league victory of the campaign. They visit Bowdon this Saturday, while the Seconds host Timperley in a Cheshire League Division Four match (1.30pm).