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Crewe make it lucky 19 at Wembley to secure promotion

Steve Davis celebrates on the pitch Photo: PA

Crewe Alexandra have been promoted to League One after a 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town at Wembley.

A stunning strike from top scorer Nick Powell and a neat second half finish by Byron Moore secured the Alex a first win at Wembley since 1997.

The result means Steve Davis's side have gone 19 games undefeated, and have lost just 4 of their last 32 matches.

It's a fantastic achievement by a squad born and made in Crewe. With an average age of 23, 8 of the 11 starters at Wembley came through the Youth Academy at Gresty Road. A huge testament to Director of Football Dario Gradi, and the remarkable coaching and management of Steve Davis, who only took charge in November.

Despite finishing 5 points behind Cheltenham in League One, Crewe went into the final slight favourites and started brightly.

Moore caused the Town defence problems in the opening 10 minutes, before 18-year-old Powell showed why he's caught the eye of several top flight clubs with a fantastic turn and volley to open the scoring.

Cheltenham responded well, creating a flurry of chances including a goal mouth scrabble which saw Alex clear twice off the line.

Town continued to pile on the pressure after the break but Crewe once again showed their class in front of goal. Moore's one two created a much-needed yard of pace before driving a low shot into the bottom left hand corner.

A second goal killed off any hope of a Town comeback, and marked a fairy tale ending for the Railwaymen who in November were 20th in League Two. The task now for Davis will be to keep as much of this much sought-after young squad together for League One.