Jack Jones reports on the Dabbers away defeat to Buxton.
Nantwich Town slipped to their first league defeat since August and their first away defeat of the season as they lost in heavy fashion to fellow promotion chasers Buxton at Silverlands. Things had started well for the Dabbers as they forged ahead through a Ryan Brooke goal after 7 minutes. He pounced on a weak back pass and slotted in his 6th of the season. The Dabbers then held out quite comfortably for the rest of the first half.
However, in the 2nd they couldn’t contain Buxton, who quickly equalised 10 minutes in through Joel Bembo-Leta. With 20 minutes to go, Bembo-Leta had his 2nd, pouncing on a cross and looping a header over Dave Parton. The game was finished as a contest with 7 minutes to go when Brad Abbott scored a free kick. Further insult was added when Joe Mwasile gave away a penalty and Brad Grayson completed the scoring from the spot. It was a 2nd half to forget for the Dabbers.
Phil Parkinson rotated his team in a bid to keep the players fresh. Joe Mwasile and Osebi Abadaki dropped to the bench, with Theo Stair and Ryan Brooke earning recalls. Tim Sanders also came in for Wayne Riley in midfield.
The game didn’t take long to burst into life as Sean Cooke went down in the box 6 minutes in. The ref however was not interested in his calls for a spot kick. The Dabbers then hit the front a minute later. A weak back pass was pounced upon by Ryan Brooke and he composed himself before slotting past Bucks keeper Jan Budtz to give the away side the lead and give Brooke his 6th goal of the season.
Brooke then forced a save out of Butz on 12 minutes as the Dabbers continued to create chances. Buxton responded well, with both Brad Grayson and Brad Abbott having shots blocked in the box. The game turned scrappy as the pitch made things difficult for both teams. There were lots of moments of players slipping over on a greasy surface, with the sides looking a little unsure under foot.
On 28 minutes, the Dabbers broke at pace and the move ended with Stair having a shot deflected wide. 10 minutes later and Ben Harrison was booked somewhat harshly for a foul on Grayson. Buxton were starting to see more of the ball and they came close to the equaliser when an Ali Taylor cross was cleared off the line. They were unable to fashion any more chances and the Dabbers took a deserved 1-0 lead into half time.
The away side came out the stronger of the two teams in the 2nd half and had a number of chances to extend their lead. Brooke out muscled Danny Burns and advanced down the left. His cut back for Cooke was cleared for a corner. Bell then had a long range shot blocked. The best chance came when a cross fell to a wide open Sanders. He couldn’t apply the finish though, with Budtz keeping his shot out.
The Dabbers were left to rue those missed chances as Buxton equalised on 54 minutes. A scramble ensued in the Dabbers box and the ball fell kindly for Joel Bembo-Leta, who had the simple task of finishing from short range to bring the Bucks level. Buxton had their tails up and continued to look the sharper of the teams, winning 2nd balls and putting the Dabbers under pressure.
Parky made 2 quick changes, with Brooke and Stair coming off for Abadaki and Mwasile. Matty Williams went into the book for the hosts as he fouled Touray. Cooke dragged a long range shot wide before a mix up in the Dabbers defence almost saw them fall behind, but Abbott could only sky his shot when well placed in the penalty area. At the other end, Abadaki forced another save from Budtz and Cooke curled the rebound right at the keeper.
The Dabbers fell behind with 18 minutes to play. A cross into the box wasn’t dealt with by either Curtis Jones or Parton and Bembo-Leta capitalised on the confusion to nod the ball over the stranded keeper to put the Bucks 2-1 up. Abadaki almost hit back straight away, as he once again forced Budtz into a save.
That was as good as it was going to get for the Dabbers as Buxton turned the screw. Abbott again came close as the ball nicely for him on the edge of the box, but his shot was deflected straight to Parton. But just as the game ticked into the final 10 minutes, the game was finished as a contest as Buxton added a 3rd. Harrison fouled the advancing Abbott and was perhaps fortunate to not draw a 2nd yellow card from the referee.
The Dabbers were nevertheless punished as Abbott scored the resulting free kick. His low shot was saved by Parton, but the keeper couldn’t hold onto the ball and it slipped through his grasp and into the bottom corner. 2 minutes later and it got even worse. Mwasile was judged to have fouled his man in the box and he too went into the referee’s notebook. Brad Grayson stepped up and buried the spot kick to wrap up the game for the hosts.
Ibou Touray was booked for a foul near the touchline as the game petered out. The Dabbers never looked like getting a consolation and they were left to go down to their first defeat in 10 games, as Buxton saw out the game comfortably to record a resounding win.
Buxton: Jan Budtz, Matty Williams, Jamie Green, Ricky Ravenhill, Danny Burns, Greg Young(c), Alastair Taylor, Brad Abbott, Bradley Grayson, Joel Bembo-Leta, Niall Doran
Subs not used: Jamie Jackson, Kegan Everington, Fabrice Bembo-Leta, George Milner, Sam Brooks
Goalscorers: J.Bembo-Leta(54, 72), Abbott(83), Grayson(85, Pen)
Nantwich Town: Dave Parton, Andy White, Ibou Touray, Curtis Jones, Ben Harrison, Tim Sanders, Josh Hancock(c)(Dave Walker, 78), Matt Bell, Ryan Brooke(Osebi Abadaki, 60), Sean Cooke, Theo Stair(Joe Mwasile, 59)
Subs not used; Joel Stair, Wayne Riley
Bookings: Harrison(38), Mwasile(86), Touray(88)
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