Powell leads Crewe to promotion
England Under-18 international Nick Powell produced a moment of magic to set Crewe on the road to npower League Two play-off glory against Cheltenham.
Powell - one of nine products from the famous Gresty Road Academy in Steve Davis' starting line-up - is reportedly the subject of transfer interest from host of Barclays Premier League clubs, and his spectacular turn and shot after a quarter of an hour will have done his prospects of a big-money move little harm.
Alex made sure of promotion after three seasons in the fourth tier when Byron Moore opened up a flagging Robins backline eight minutes from time to seal a 2-0 triumph at Wembley.
But Crewe were made to work hard in blistering temperatures before chalking up a 19th game without defeat.
Jeff Goulding almost had Cheltenham back on terms when he rattled the crossbar moments after Powell's opener, before Alex somehow survived an onslaught of set-piece pressure on the stroke of the interval.
Mark Yates' men failed to maintain the charge in the closing stages as the succumbed to a first play-off defeat in their history.