CREWE'S single-point win at Ellesmere Port on Saturday was not quite as nailbiting as it would first appear.
Matt Farr's men led throughout the match and, although never completely dominant, they always seemed to have enough up their sleeves to keep ahead of their opponents as it wasn't until deep into injury time that Port scored the converted try which brought them within a whisker of drawing level.
Crewe's forwards had the edge over their opposite numbers, forcing the home pack to concede penalties, two of which were put over by Farr.
But a powerful drive after winning a lineout near the Crewe line saw Port score a try. And with a penalty apiece just before half-time, the score was nicely poised at 9-8 to Crewe at the interval.
The second period saw Crewe quickly into their stride.
After winning quick ball from the scrum, the three-quarters were given space to run, and with full-back Alistair Johnston entering the line, he changed the direction of the attack before scoring between the posts.
Farr kicked an easy conversion to put Crewe two scores ahead at 16-8 and their advantage was only threatened by Port's second try deep into stoppage time.
This Saturday sees Crewe's firsts entertain struggling Moore, who are propping up the South Lancs and Cheshire League table (2.30pm). The seconds are at Manchester Wanderers and the thirds host Sandbach.