Crewe Alexandra 1 Newcastle United 2: Liam Smith and Luke Charman on target in Checkatrade Trophy win

A crowd of 1,351 saw Newcastle take on Crewe in the Checkatrade Trophy at Gresty Road
A crowd of 1,351 saw Newcastle take on Crewe in the Checkatrade Trophy at Gresty Road

Newcastle United opened their Checkatrade Trophy campaign with a win.

Peter Beardsley's side, watched by 135 travelling fans, beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1 at Gresty Road tonight in the first of three group games.

South Shields-born Liam Smith and Luke Charman were on target against the League Two club, who named an experienced starting XI for the fixture.

Beardsley, however, only named one over-age player – Curtis Good – in his Under-21 team.

Newcastle, backed by 135 fans, got off to a perfect start thanks to Smith, who got on the end of a Victor Fernandez cross in the fourth minute.

The goal emboldened the team, but they couldn't add to their advantage before the break.

Crewe also had chances of their own, but Newcastle were more clinical on the night, and substitute Mo Sangare set up Charman with a left-wing cross for the club's second goal in the 67th minute.

Jordan Bowery claimed a late consolation goal for the home side, who pressed for an equaliser in the dying minutes.

Newcastle's next game in the competition is on October 3 against Port Vale at Vale Park.

CREWE ALEXANDRA: Garratt, Bakayogo, Walker, Bowery, Cooper, Nolan, Lowery, Pickering, Ainley, Kirk, Sass-Davies.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Woolston, Sterry (O'Connor, 72), Cameron, Hunter, Good, Gillesphey, Roberts (Sangare, 66), Barlaser, Charman, L Smith, Fernandez (Smith, 46). Subs not used: Yarney, Bailey, Gallacher.

Goals: Smith 4, Charman 67, Bowery 87

Referee: R Jones

Attendance: 1,351 (135 Newcastle)