Viv Solomon (pictured) fired Blues into a 14th minute lead after tapping home Dominic Bernard’s far post cross.
Steve Spooner’s side then had two further efforts cleared off the line before the game reached the half-time break. Unfortunately they were made to pay for not finishing their hosts off, as Crewe scored just minutes after the restart.
“We played well and it was a decent game despite it being a bobbly pitch,” said Blues Academy coach Spooner. “But you always know you are going to get a good football match against Crewe.
“Their keeper was probably the busier of the two and it was a bit disappointing that we weren’t more ruthless in the first half because if we had been we could have been three goals to the good.
“We were compact and our shape was good throughout the game and we would have won it but for one lapse of concentration where we were slow out of the blocks in the second half and they caught us napping.
“We’d started the game with four schoolboys on the pitch and then in the last 20 minutes managed to get one of our U14s Josh Martin on, so it was quite a young side we put out. But all the young lads that came in came coped really well and showed great maturity.”
Blues U18s: Callum Preston, Perry Cotton, Dominic Bernard, Foday Nabay (Josh Martin, 70), Jean Kalenda, Nat Kelly, Viv Solomon, Liam Truslove, Deqwon Ebanks (Kyle McFarlane, 55), George O’Neill, Demari Gray (Reece Brown, 55).