VICTORY in the final match of the season meant Crewe were crowned champions of the Miller Homes Division Four South.
But they were made to work for the title against a strong Old Bedians team. Crewe had most of the early possession but failed to score with a couple of penalties on a difficult day for kicking with the ground being so hard.
Gav Cowan opened the scoring after tapping a five-metre penalty to himself and managing to barge over the line despite the efforts of three defenders.
The second try came from another run penalty. Smith and Lloyd made good ground before Stuart Banks picked up the ball and scored.
Towards the end of the first half Old Bedians exerted some pressure and were eventually rewarded by a try following a defensive mix up.
In the second half, Crewe's forwards went steaming into the opposition and the backs dealt comfortably with the dangerous Bedians midfield.
A long-range penalty by Danny Lynch was complemented by a pushover try by Cowan which was followed by a score in the corner by Joe Simmons.
Richard Smith then capped off the win with a remarkable try. Fielding a 22 drop out, he galloped through the Bedians' defence to touch down.
* Crewe and Nantwich's first team face Wallasey in the Cheshire Plate Final on Monday, May 7 at Birkenhead Park, kick-off 1.30pm.
The second team have a friendly against Sandbach at Crewe Vagrants on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.