Five-star Crowle is Taylor-made

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Crowle United Reserves thumped CMB 5-1, with Aaron Taylor bagging a brace.

When these sides met in Scunthorpe in October they produced one of the most entertaining games of recent years.

Sunday’s match wasn’t as close as that game but no-one involved with Crowle United will be complaining about that.

It only took seven minutes for Crowle to go in front when Neil Jacklin found himself with just CMB’s goalkeeper to beat. Jacklin’s shot was well saved but Taylor was lurking around the edge of the box and when the ball rolled towards him he drove it into the net.

That was the only goal of the first period but Matthew Teal should have scored when he shot wide with only the keeper to beat midway through the half.

CMB gradually took control of the game and most of the action was in Crowle’s half but the closest either team came to scoring was a well-struck volley from Crowle captain Daniel Harrison which went just wide of the target.

The visitors were the quicker starters in the second half and would have drawn level within five minutes had Liam McAnaney not cleared the ball from the goalline following a corner.

The Reserves were playing with the slope in the second half and scored twice in ten minutes. Firstly Teal made amends for his earlier miss when he guided the ball past CMB’s keeper from a similar position and then Matthew Harrison gave United a three-nil lead with a cheeky back-heel from a corner kick - his first goal for the club in his 38th game.

The visitors weren’t going down without a fight though, and issued a warning with a long-range shot which drifted over the bar. Two minutes later CMB reduced the difference when they broke down their left wing and shot across Sam Thirkell into the goal.

This proved to be the briefest of scares as within five minutes Aaron Taylor scored his second of the game from the edge of the penalty area and came close to a hat-trick with an audacious long-range shot.

Liam McAnaney nearly emulated Matthew Harrison by scoring his first goal for the club but watched as his lobbed shot landed on the back of the net rather than in it.

Energetic midfielder Danny Smyth rounded off the scoring with a meandering dribble through CMB’s penalty area and a gentle tap-in to draw him level with Taylor at the top of the scoring chart this season.

Report submitted by Gareth Parkin

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