Crewe 1 Fleetwood 1

David Ball scored for Fleetwood
David Ball scored for Fleetwood
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Fleetwood bounced back from an early shock but couldn't snatch a rare away victory against struggling Crewe.

Town certainly rode their luck before the break, battling back from an early setback.

Fleetwood, so well drilled at the back in recent weeks, were at sixes and sevens when The Railwaymen launched an early attack, a cross from the right not well handled, Ryan Lowe drilling across Chris Maxwell and finding the far corner.

Steven Pressley's side lacked their usual composure but did find their way level thanks to an excellent finish by David Ball.

Jimmy Ryan won the ball in the middle of the park, picking out Bobby Grant who eventually fed Ball on the right of the box.

The striker looked certain to cross but instead rifled past Ben Garratt for his second in as many games.

But Town were hadly in control, Marcus Haber and the experienced David Fox causing bother - both centre halves booked for rash challenges before the break.

Crewe might well have taken the lead with them into the interval, James Jones denied by the fingertips of Chris Maxwell who somehow managed to deny the Alex midfielder at the angle of post and bar.

Town should have romped home after the break, creating enough chances to win two games but converting absolutely none.

David Henen came closest, first whipping a ball in from the left which was tipped over by Ben Garrett then, with seconds remaining, sent clear by sub Jamie Proctor, somehow finding the side netting.

His was not the only profligacy for Fleetwood - Ball should have claimed a second, racing clear but unable to lift his shot over Garratt.

In the end it was the width of a post which denied Town the win, Ryan's corner missed by Garratt, a header slammed against the upright in a crowded box, Nathan Pond's drive from the rebound blocked.

Town remain in trouble at the wrong end of League One but do end a run of defeats on the road.