Tranmere Rovers Women made a short journey down to Crewe and the Cumberland Arena as they looked to push on after Wednesday’s draw.
There was a fast tempo to the game in the opening five minutes with both sides stringing together some good passes.
It was Crewe who had the first opportunity when a freekick from the left lead to two consecutive corners with the second corner being headed towards goal and tipped away by keeper Katy Maddock.
It was Tranmere’s turn to go close on 11 minutes when a long ball down field found Anya McCready who had the sense of composure to lob the keeper, but she was denied by a last gasp clearance.
18 minutes on the clock and Crewe had a handball claim waved away by the referee when the ball clearly struck Kiah Sullivan on the chest and not the arm and she cleared to safety.
Thirty minutes in and Tranmere made an enforced change when Liz Roberts was replaced by Jess Durr and a few minutes later Melissa Von Bargen hit a shot that rattled the bar and appeared to drop over the line, but the referee waved away the goal shouts.
Crewe ended the half with a flurry of corners which were defended resolutely by the Rovers defence and the sides went in level at the break.
Tranmere started the second half immediately on the front foot and Anya McCready got in behind the Crewe defence again but her cross could only find the keeper.
The pressure started to mount, and Tranmere finally got the breakthrough when Melissa Von Bargen chipped the Crewe goalkeeper from range to open her account for her new side.
Tranmere applied more pressure in search of a second and they got it on 57 minutes when the Crewe defence failed to clear Laura Pennington’s cross, and Elisha Price pounced to smash home a right footed shot into the bottom corner of the net much to the delight of her manager.
Another Tranmere change was made when goal scorer Von Bargen was withdrawn for Keris McRoberts before Bethan Woolley’s long range effort was deflected behind for another corner.
Rachel Davidson showed some great individual skill when she skipped past two Crewe defenders and Cruyff turned another before her effort was put behind for a corner which led to nothing.
A final Tranmere substitution saw Anais Bathily replace Elisha Price before Crewe made it a nervy final 12 minutes when they scored from distance.
Despite the Crewe goal Tranmere remained unfazed and had several opportunities to put the game to bed but they couldn’t capitalise and as the game ticked into stoppage time, they managed to see the game out and win a crucial three points.
Up next for the Ladies is FC United of Manchester Women at the Ellesmere Port Sports Village on the 11th September, 2pm Kick off.
Team: Katy Maddocks (GK), Elizabeth Roberts (30’ Jess Durr), Lynsey Smith ©, Cloe Robinson, Kiah Sullivan, Beth Woolley, Melissa Von Bargen (62’ Keris McRoberts), Rachel Davidson, Laura Pennington, Anya McCready, Elisha Price (77’ Anais Bathily).