Honours even in Cheshire
A late Tom Lowery equaliser saw Town held to a draw at Crewe.
Conor Chaplin's 11th goal of the season looked to have secured all three points for the Blues but Lowery blasted in with four minutes remaining as it ended level.
Kane Vincent-Young returned to the starting XI having not featured for just over two months, replacing the injured Wes Burns.
Dominic Thompson, James Norwood and Joe Pigott also came back into the side in Kieran McKenna’s other three changes.
Some good interplay between Pigott and Chaplin created the first chance of the game after five minutes but, after the latter sent a low cross into the area, Norwood’s shot was blocked by Zac Williams.
Both sides looked to play the ball through the lines, with Chaplin seeing a shot blocked after a well-worked move and Pigott firing over from the edge of the area shortly afterwards.
The best opening yet followed on 35 minutes as Tyreeq Bakinson’s dinked pass played Norwood in behind the defence, but the striker couldn’t lift the ball over the onrushing Dave Richards.
Crewe responded with their first effort of note three minutes later as Chris Long’s powerful left-footed drive cannoned off of the stanchion, the same player firing over the frame again just before the break.
Town took the lead on the brink of half-time. Vincent-Young latched onto Luke Woolfenden’s ball on the right flank before pulling the ball back to the middle of the box for Chaplin to stroke into the bottom corner past a flat-footed Richards.
The Blues' number 21 wasn’t too far away from completing his brace just after the interval, beating his marker with quick feet before sending a piledriver from 25 yards over the top of the right corner of Richards’ goal.
Christian Walton, having largely been a spectator, maintained Town’s advantage with a stunning save to turn away Mikael Mandron’s header from no more than six yards out just before the hour mark.
Norwood turned and hit a vicious left-footed strike just past the upright from the edge of the area as Town continued to pursue a second goal with 20 minutes remaining.
Mandron looked to be the most likely source of an equaliser for Crewe, this time seeing his shot from the middle of the box blocked by a well-positioned Idris El Mizouni.
Lowery fired an unstoppable drive into the corner of Walton's goal from 25 yards as the hosts equalised with four minutes of normal time remaining.
Bersant Celina saw one shot saved and a free-kick hit the wall late on as Crewe held on for a share of the spoils.
Crewe: Richards, Alebiosu (Finney 53’), Offord, Long, Lowery, Ainley, Mandron, Murphy (C) (Griffiths 63’), Sass-Davies, Williams (Sambou 85'), Uwakwe.
Subs: Jaaskelainen, O'Riordan, Tabiner, Kashket.
Booked: Lowery, Griffiths, Sass-Davies.
Town: Walton, Donacien, Woolfenden, Burgess, Vincent-Young (El Mizouni 69’), Bakinson, Morsy (C), Thompson, Chaplin (Bonne 90'), Norwood, Pigott (Celina 69’).
Subs: Hayes, Baggott, Humphreys, Chirewa.
Booked: Norwood, Bakinson, Thompson.
Attendance: 4,986 (1,280 Town fans).