We report from the Dabbers comfortable win over local neighbours Alsager Town.
Nantwich Town progressed to the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup thanks to a 5-0 win over Alsager Town on a wet and chilly night in east Cheshire. 2 goals from Dave Walker and a rare strike from Andy White put the Dabbers in control by half time, with Dave Parton a virtual spectator at the other end.
The Dabbers took their foot off the gas in the 2nd half, content to control the tempo and keep hold of their advantage. They did however run in 2 more goals, as a great strike from Sean Cooke gave them a 4th and Walker completed the scoring, tapping in a Ben Harrison cross with virtually the final kick of the game. It once again preserved the teams unbeaten away record and sees them progress after falling at this stage last season.
Phil Parkinson named a strong lineup to face the Bullets, with 6 of the starting XI from last Saturday once again in the team. There were some changes though, as Troy Bourne made his first appearance of the season, ironically playing against the team he has been with on loan this season. Fellow loanee Jordan Bennion was on the bench as were Osebi Abadaki and Sean Cooke, whilst Steve Jones made his first start after returning from injury. The Bullets named Dabbers legend Micky Lennon upfront and former Dabbers trialist Jonny Kapend started out wide.
It was a quiet start to the game as both teams adapted to the rain and soggy conditions. The first goalmouth action wasn’t long in coming though, as good attacking play saw Theo Stair set up Ryan Brooke. He smashed a shot towards goal and it was turned in from 4 yards out by Walker. The linesman ruled the goal out for offside however.
Walker was next to go close, heading a corner wide of the near post. Stair then got in down the left but his cross couldn’t find an Orange shirt. Alsager had their first attempt, as Lennon shot over. On 15 minutes though, the Dabbers got the goal their dominance deserved. Ibou Touray threaded a ball down the line to Stair and he whipped in a first time cross which Walker pounced on and smashed past the goalkeeper to put the away side 1-0 up.
The chances continue to come, with Brooke twice going close, Stair shooting wide and Jones putting a shot straight at the keeper. Jones then broke away down the right and got into the area, but shot was weak and didn’t trouble the keeper. Stair, Walker and Tim Sanders all had half chances before the dominance paid off the Walker grabbed his 2nd. Andy White cut inside and played Walker in with a great through ball. Walker ran onto the ball and slotted past the keeper to double his and the Dabbers advantage.
2 minutes before half time and it was 3. White switched from provider to scorer, as he cut inside and unleashed a well placed shot into the bottom corner to give the Dabbers a commanding lead going into the break. Alsager almost had one back on the stroke of half time, as a long range shot was tipped over by a back peddling Parton for a corner.
The 2nd half picked up where the first had left off, with the Dabbers in control and looking for more goals. The first noteworthy moment was a mazy run from Ben Harrison. He was allowed to carry the ball from his own half right to the edge of the Alsager penalty area. He then beat a full back and whipped in a fantastic cross to the back post, which Steve Jones almost forced in from close range. It was some run and cross from the tall centre back.
Alsager did threaten on 63 minutes when Kapend shot narrowly wide, but the Dabbers were still in full control of the game. They made changes at the game ticked down, with Riley, Jones and Brooke coming off for Cooke, Abadaki and Bennion respectively. This disrupted the flow of the game as the Dabbers looked for more goals.
With 10 minutes to go, Cooke worked himself some shooting space on the edge of the box and unleashed a stunning strike into the top corner, giving him his 12th of the season in all competitions. It was another brilliant goal from the midfielder and it gave the Dabbers their 4th of the game.
8 minutes later and it was 5. Harrison once again picked up the ball from deep and once again was allowed to carry the ball up the pitch. He made his way into the penalty area and sent across an inch perfect cross for Dave Walker to tap home number 5. It also gave Walker his hat trick on what had been on a comfortable night for Nantwich. They now progress and await the draw for the next round.
Alsager Town: Chris Fletcher, Joe Minton, Kyle Stubbs, Jake Chadwick, Paul Taylor, Warren Holmes, Jonny Kapend, Taylor Attrell, Josh Bowden, Micky Lennon, Leigh Skellern
Subs: Dan Vickers, Adam Dawson, Ally Harrison-Virani, Mark Grice, Bradley Moorhead
Nantwich Town: Dave Parton, Andy White, Ibou Touray, Troy Bourne, Ben Harrison(c), Tim Sanders, Steve Jones(Osebi Abadaki, 70), Wayne Riley(Sean Cooke, 60), Dave Walker, Theo Stair, Ryan Brooke(Jordan Bennion, 73)
Subs not used: Reece Quinn, Curtis Jones
Goalscorers: Walker(15, 33, 88), White(43), Cooke(81)
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