Match Report: Bamber Bridge 2-2 Nantwich Town


By Ryan Batty:

A late equaliser from Alistair Waddecar condemned Nantwich Town to a frustrating 2-2 draw at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium against Bamber Bridge. The Dabbers led the game on two occasions, but two great efforts from Waddecar saw Dave Cooke’s side drop two points against the resilient Brig.

Sean Cooke put the Dabbers in front after twenty minutes, slamming home from close-range after Joe Mwasile’s cross. Waddecar equalised after the break after a neatly-timed run through the defence, before lifting it over Fabian Spiess. Nantwich re-took the lead through Mwasile with fifteen minutes to go, finding the near post after Jamie Morgan’s superb through ball. However, Waddecar ensured the points were shared with nine minutes remaining, with a low, well-struck effort that went past Spiess’ outstretched hand.

Nantwich will look to return to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they host Marine at the Weaver Stadium for a 3.00pm kick-off.

Dave Cooke made two changes from the side that beat North Ferriby United on Saturday, as Craig Lindfield and Joe Mwasile returned to the first eleven, while Callum Saunders (injury) and Joel Stair (suspension) were absent.

The Dabbers had the first chance of the game, as Jamie Morgan found Joe Mwasile, who put a neat cross into the box that was cleared away by Brig – though it showed early signs of Nantwich’s superb movement in the early stages of the game.

After seven minutes, Nathan Cotterell had acres of space to unleash a driving run from left-back, but his effort from range was saved by Lloyd Rigby.

Sean Cooke almost curled it into the bottom corner after letting the ball play across him from the throw-in, but Rigby allowed it to clear the far post.

After a quarter-of-an-hour, Matt Bell hit a half-volley from twenty yards that went just over the bar.

Bamber Bridge’s first real effort of the game came after eighteen minutes, as on the turn, they hit one towards Spiess’ goal from close-range, but the German keeper was able to see it past the post.

However, Nantwich would take the lead soon after. With twenty minutes gone, a block from Troy Bourne twenty yards from Spiess’ goal began a twelve-second counter-attack, as Jamie Morgan unlocked Joe Mwasile on the far side. The powerful winger put it into the box for Sean Cooke, and all the midfielder needed to do was hit it past Rigby, which he did to give the men in yellow the opening goal.

A free-kick earned by the Dabbers a moment later saw Bell put in a great delivery to Craig Lindfield, who couldn’t quite find the net at the far post.

After twenty-five minutes, Brig really should have had an equaliser as neat interplay into the box saw an open goal emerge, before an attacker smashed the ball over the bar.

With half-an-hour gone, there was a challenge in the far corner between Morgan and Chris Marlow, but the latter kicked out at the full-back and there looked to be a stamp in the afters. However, Marlow was only booked for the offence.

There was very little clear chances following this, and the half-time whistle came with Nantwich leading by a single goal.

After fifty minutes, Lawrie and Craig Lindfield linked up, the former hitting one towards the far post, though the hit was past the far post.

Ten minutes into the second half, Waddecar came close, but Nantwich were able to prevent the hosts from grabbing an equaliser.

The Brig put some pressure on the Dabbers in the next five minutes, as they came close with two headers, one went past the post, while the other was straight at Spiess.

The hosts made their first change just after the hour mark, as Matthew Argent-Barnes replaced Brad Carsley.

With twenty minutes to go, Brig got themselves on the scoresheet as a perfectly-timed run by Waddecar allowed them into the area, and the attacker was able to lift the ball over Spiess for the equaliser.

However, it wouldn’t be long before Nantwich re-took the lead, as the Dabbers won the ball in the final third of Bamber Bridge thanks to Jamie Morgan. The full-back played Mwasile in, and the winger was able to squeeze it into the near post, past Rigby and into the net.

However, Waddecar equalised for Brig soon after, picking up the ball forty yards out, and hitting one that nestled into the bottom-left corner, past the outstretched hand of Fabian Spiess.

The last ten minutes would see both sides push for a winner, but neither side were able to grab a late goal, as the two sides shared the spoils on a cool day in Lancashire.

Bamber Bridge: Rigby, Spooner, Dodd, Lawlor (C), Charnock, Churchman, Waddecar, McKnight (Forbes 84′), Carsley (Argent-Barnes 61′), Dudley (Vasey 84′), Marlow
Subs not used: Doughty, Dawson

Nantwich: Spiess, Morgan, Cotterell , Bourne, Mullarkey, Bell (C), Mwasile (McDonald 90′), Lawrie, Glover (Jones 69′), Cooke, Lindfield (Malkin 65′)
Subs not used: Boyle, Hawkins

Ref: Mr D Bruce

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