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First-half report

21 September 2013

Turton torments Latics

Latics fell behind to an Oliver Turton goal as they found themselves 1-0 down at half time in their home Sky Bet League 1 match against Crewe Alexandra.

It was a disappointing half for Latics, though Charlie MacDonald struck the frame of the Crewe goal.

Mark Oxley was the first keeper summoned into action in the eighth minute with a diving save to deny Bradley Inman.

Opposite number Steve Phillips was then called to arms to beat out a shot from James Dayton.

Crewe took a 12th minute lead when Turton's initial shot was blocked and the rebound fell to him on the edge of the box as he found the net with a shot low to the left of Oxley.

It was their first away league goal of the campaign having fired blanks in the first three games on their travels.

And moments later Latics were lucky not to be 2-0 down when they twice struck the frame of the goal in the same move.

Oxley tipped Max Clayton's deflected shot on to the crossbar and the ball rebounded to Byron Moore at the far post and he headed against the bar.

Latics were desperately unlucky not to equalise in the 18th minute when Crewe's defence failed to clear Sidney Schmeltz's cross and MacDonald shot against the upright.

They went close again when Dayton put Adam Rooney (pictured) clean through on goal, but Phillips saved well with his legs.

Half-time: Latics 0, Crewe Alexandra 1

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