Crewe and Nantwich 28 Manchester Wanderers 5 IT was not so much a case of brotherly love as sibling rivalry as Crewe and Nantwich hammered Manchester on Saturday.
After a game which was one-way traffic in favour of the eventual winners throughout, there was little to do but argue about the minor details for Dan and Will Potts.
Player-coach Matt Farr and already bagged two tries and kicked enough points to make the game safe when, after a line-out, both Potts brothers found themselves at the bottom of a pile of players and both emerged claiming the final touch.
While the argument may never be sorted for sure, there was no doubt that Crewe were on form in their game-in-hand at the weekend.
Injuries to scrum-half Will Brown and his regular stand-in Andy Thompson forced young Dean Carter in at the deep end, but he put in a steady display.
In an open game, which saw Crewe gain much possession albeit mostly wasted by over-elaborate moves, Farr led by example as is often the case.
He notched an early penalty before being gifted a try when a Manchester chip was charged down, handing Crewe an 8-0 half-time lead.
The home side were far more clinical in the second period.
Another try by Farr and the mystery Potts effort was followed by the best try of the afternoon.
A slick move across the field allowed winger Marc Unsted to crash over in the corner. Another Farr penalty and a conversion completed the Crewe scoring.
Crewe and Nantwich 2nds had a vital win in their battle to avoid relegation in the North West League, defeating Chester 3rds 36-3.
The 3rds' match at Buxton had to be cancelled as the pitch was covered with ice and snow.
William Linde scored all five tries for Crewe and Nantwich U10s as they kept up their 100% record with a well-fought 25-15 derby-day success over Sandbach on Sunday.