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The Memorial Stadium (ATT 5,037) 31st December 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: I Williamson

Bristol R Bristol Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

Bristol R 2

M Harrold (9)
S McGleish (48)

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Crewe 5

A Leitch-Smith (2)
C Bolger (og 27)
N Powell (33, 90+3)
D Artell (44)

Five-star Alex outclass Rovers

Last Updated: 31/12/11 5:46pm

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Powell: Bagged a brace

Powell: Bagged a brace

Rampant Crewe struck four goals in a frantic first half before dispatching struggling Bristol Rovers 5-2 on Saturday.

Recalled striker Ajay Leitch-Smith volleyed Alex ahead after 70 seconds, but Matt Harrold side-footed a ninth minute equaliser before Cian Bolger headed past his own goalkeeper to re-establish the visitors' lead in the 33rd minute.

Nick Powell capitalised on an error by Byron Anthony to make it 3-1 with a clinical low finish and just before the break skipper David Artell headed Crewe's fourth following a right wing corner.

Buckle threw on three substitutes, including goalkeeper Lance Cronin in place of Scott Bevan, at the start of the second half.

Cronin's fellow replacement Scott McGleish reduced the arrears with a low shot from Gary Stanley's 48th minute cross.

But the lively Powell ran through a tired defence to make it 5-2 in injury time.

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2 Rochdale 42 75
3 Chesterfield 42 74
4 Fleetwood Town 42 69
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7 Oxford United 42 62
8 York City 42 61
9 Plymouth Argyle 42 58
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11 Bury 42 54
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14 AFC Wimbledon 42 52
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16 Portsmouth 42 51
17 Accrington Stanley 42 50
18 Hartlepool United 42 49
19 Morecambe 42 49
20 Exeter City 42 48
21 Bristol Rovers 42 47
22 Wycombe Wanderers 42 46
23 Northampton Town 42 46
24 Torquay United 42 39