By Emily Lilies
Two goals from striker Steve Foster helped to ensure that Nantwich Town defeated Trafford 4-0 to progress into the next round of the Doodson Sport Cup and complete a second away win over Trafford in the space of 3 days, as the Dabbers continue on an amazing run of form that has seen them win seven out of the last eight games.
Nantwich returned to Shawe View for the second time in three days after their single-goal league victory over the Greater Manchester side on Saturday, November 30.
Simon Hackney was fortunate to escape unpunished after a reckless challenge on Town’s Sam Wilson in the opening minute.
After a lacklustre start with no shots on target, Danny Johnson’s Dabbers created the first real chance just shy of the midway point of the first half.
Trafford failed to deal with a corner and Steve Foster tested Hayden Buckley-Smith in the hosts’ goal.
From the resultant corner, Aaron Burns tested goalkeeper Buckley-Smith with a fine header.
Nantwich took the lead after 24 minutes when Nia Bayunu diverted into his own net after Mark Jones’ low ball in from the right wing.
Town were in the ascendancy and a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing prevented them from extending their goal advantage before the interval.
Trafford’s goalkeeper Buckley-Smith was replaced by Kieron O’Hara at half-time and was called into action early on.
From the restart, striker Burns was in the thick of the action again as he hit the post from the edge of the area.
The Dabbers extended their lead after 48 minutes, when replacement goalkeeper Jones came out and Foster was able to roll the ball home.
Jones’s dogged perseverance paid off and he made some fine saves in a few frantic moments, a double save from Foster and a further from Osebi Abadaki kept the deficit to two.
Ten minutes from time, Steve Foster saw his effort half saved but fall back into his feet and he was able to tap home from close range.
And Ben Deegan put the icing on the cake for the visitors with a brilliantly chipped effort after Jones came off his line once more.
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