CREWE continued to revel in having a fully-fit squad to select from as they recorded their eighth win on the trot on Saturday.

After conceding some silly early penalties - only one of which was kicked - Crewe's powerful pack began to exert their authority.

Seven of their eight tries were scored by the forwards who simply outmuscled their hosts.

German international Andreas Reck-ewerth weighed in with two tries and further scores from captain Gavin Cowan and winger Andy O'Keeffe, together with one conversion by player-coach Matt Farr, gave Crewe a comfortable 22-3 lead at the break.

St Edward's refused to throw in the towel in the second half and reduced their arrears with a breakaway try in the corner.

But this only served to spur Crewe on to greater heights and they added another four touchdowns before the game was out.

Will Potts scored two, New Zealand lock Don Ngatai went over for his third in as many games and the excellent Reck-ewerth rounded off a great performance by completing his hat-trick.

Farr kicked three more conversions to give Crewe an emphatic 40-point victory.

The win saw them leapfrog Ruskin Park into third spot in the South Lancs and Cheshire League table, ahead of the meeting of the two clubs at Willaston on Saturday for what amounts to a third-place decider (3pm).

Crewe's Seconds lost 31-17 in a friendly at Old Salians.

Chris Pemberton, Jon Cockburn and Mike Parker scored the Crewe tries with Parker adding a conversion.

The Seconds host Preston Grasshoppers on Saturday with the Thirds at Sandbach.

Ormskirk 7 Sandbach 14: Sandbach moved a step closer to promotion to the Euromanx South Lancs and Cheshire League with a gritty display at Ormskirk on Saturday.

Alec Burton's players were never at their best but still had enough in their locker to stretch their unbeaten run to 14 matches.

Sandbach started slowly and Ormskirk took a deserved lead with a well-worked converted try, but it wasn't all one-way traffic and Lee Pickles missed two penalty attempts.

As Sandbach put themselves back in the game, most of their good work came down the flanks and only some last-ditch tackling prevented full-back Rob Leese from scoring in the left-hand corner.

Just before half-time, Ormskirk gave away a penalty in their own 22 and Sandbach opted to go for the lineout.

Chris Davenport rose majestically to claim possession and the pack drove him over the line with a powerful rolling maul, and Pickles touched down.

Pickles added the difficult conversion to level the scores at the turnaround.

Sandbach's forwards were the key to victory and started to win the ball the backs needed.

The pressure paid off when Dan Massey went in unopposed under the posts and Pickles added the extras.

Sandbach continued to press and prop Rich Taylor almost added a great individual try, only to be denied by an unfavourable bounce as he attempted a chip and chase from the 22.

Sandbach visit Ashton-on-Mersey on Saturday. Sandbach Seconds lost 17-0 at Tyldsley on Saturday.