NICK Price is more than happy for his team to put in no-frills displays in the pursuit of points this season.
An uninspiring but solid performance brought maximum points against Oswestry on Saturday, with Tom Maguire's second-half try separating the sides.
While the slender advantage did nothing for the head coach's nerves, he said: 'If we can put in solid but unimpressive performances like this all season then we'll certainly finish in the top three, even if all the supporters and coaching staff get a nervous ride.
'It was a credit to both sides that this game was played in such good spirit and included no incidents of foul play whatsoever.'
Crewe had a couple of chances to score in the first half, but Gareth Munro missed out when he was tackled into touch in the corner.
Both defences dictated the pattern of play, but the hosts made a small pocket of pressure pay in the second half when Maguire went over in the corner after quick ball from the back of the scrum from Andy Griffin. He missed the difficult conversion.
Oswestry had a chance to reduce the deficit late-on, but a penalty was struck just wide of the posts.
Crewe travel to Widnes in the EDF Energy Senior Vase on Saturday.
Crewe 2nds remain joint-top of their league after a comfortable 42-20 win at Winnington Park 3rds.
A scintillating first-half performance saw them bag four tries, through James Eardley, Mike Parker, Harry Harrison and Gav Wallace.
Winnington hit back in the second half with three tries, but Wes Westley added another for Crewe to make the game safe. Rory Drysdale kicked the side's points.
Crewe and Nantwich U11s won 42-21 at Chester, with four tries from Will Linde and two from Eddie Spibey. All were converted by Ben Telfer.
Sandbach 39 Stourbridge 7:
Sandbach bounced back to the top of the Midlands League Division Three West (North) with a powerful display on Saturday.
Disappointed with last week's defeat, they got off to a flyer against visitors Stourbridge with an early try from Andy Rowlands.
Although sloppy defence then allowed Stourbridge to equalise, Sandbach took the game away with a impressive display of handling.
Russ Dymond, Dan Massey (2) and Chris Davenport all ran in tries, while Rowlands added a brace of penalties and four conversions.
* Holmes Chapel 1sts were hammered 69-0 at Southport, but the 2nds overcame Bowdon 3rds 27-14 with tries from Shaun Kennedy, Chris Broomfield and Neil Almond. Simon Kelly kicked the other points.