BILLINGE picked up their first away victory of the season on Saturday when they beat Crewe 5-4 in an extraordinary game.

The visitors raced into a two-goal lead within 20 minutes as man-of-the-match Rob Lamont grabbed a well-taken brace.

Crewe were to halve the deficit on 26 minutes as Paul Hudson finished neatly.

Further chances fell to Lamont and Richie Allen but The Storks went into the interval with the narrow advantage.

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As it was they came into the second period firing on all cylinders and five minutes after the break were 3-1 ahead.

Allen started the move driving down the pitch before laying the ball off to Jason McShane who returned it to Allen allowing him to slide the ball past Crewe keeper George Brookes to extend Billinge's lead.

On the hour mark Michael Speed made it 4-1 as he collected the ball just inside the area, carried it a few paces and then curled the ball past the advancing Brookes and into the top corner.

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Four minutes later Crewe made it 4-2 and then another four minutes after this made it 4-3.

Then with five minutes left Crewe completed an incredible comeback making it 4-4.

The Crewe goals coming from Jordan Amson, Ashley Edwards and a second for Paul Hudson.

It appeared that The Storks had blown it and even more so moments later when their keeper Keiran Halliday was sin binned for dissent.

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Defender Liam Fitzgerald took over glove duties and coped well with the few bits that were thrown his way.

While those in the ground may have felt that Crewe would now snatch the winner there was one final twist in the tale.

Billinge's skipper Zak Riley picked up the ball just outside his own area and went long looking for The Storks substitute Gavin Faucette: Crewe keeper Brookes came for the ball but somehow missed it completely and it sailed into the goal giving Riley another vital goal for the club - this one from 75 yards!

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The Storks saw out the many minutes of added time leaving manager Wayne Wardle a relieved and happy man saying: "It was another good win for The Storks today with some great team goals by the lads.

"Credit to Crewe for their comeback and we got lucky with our winner but to be fair it was about time as we have had zero fortune all season.

“It was also great to see Liam Bott back on the pitch as a late substitute as he has been out for almost six months with a broken leg.

“Seeing him back on the pitch has given everybody at Billinge a huge boost and it has to be said that he has been a credit to himself, his family and the club in how he has rehabilitated himself.

“Liam’s still a fair way to go and we’ll reintroduce him slowly but he is a big player for the cub and he will be a huge plus for us as the season progresses.

Next Saturday Billinge are in Liverpool Challenge Cup action when they entertain ROMA FC at Barrows Farm in a 2pm kick-off.