By Steven Dale
Goals in either half from Elliot Whitehouse and Terry Hawkridge meant Nantwich were forced to exit the 2016/17 FA Trophy at the first round stage.
-The Dabbers reached the semi-finals of the competition last year, being knocked out over two -legs by eventual winners, Halifax Town.
-Their opponents, Lincoln, were initially due to face Shaw Lane in this round, before they were disqualified from the tournament for fielding an ineligible player.
Lower-league Nantwich fell behind after just five minutes. Some smart build-up play from Lincoln eventually found Elliot Whitehouse in the area. The midfielder then produced a smart finish from close-range to rest any early nerves for the visitors.
Lincoln went close to doubling that lead just three minutes later when a powerful shot from former Dabber, Matt Rhead, rattled the crossbar of Dave Parton.
The visitors, who went into this fixture top of the National League after their 2-1 victory over Tranmere at the weekend, continued to cause Nantwich problems. Alan Power, this time, putting the ball over the top of the goalmouth.
Having seen the fixture against Frickley abandoned because of fog on the weekend – the hosts, created their best first-half opportunity 30 minutes in.
A strong run from Joe Mwasile created a promising opportunity before Ryan Brooke saw his effort cleared off the line.
The home side grew into the game as the half progressed, but it was Lincoln who went closest to adding to the goal tally. A smart knock down from Rhead found the goalscorer, Whitehouse in the area and his follow-up effort produced a strong reflex save from Parton.
The visitors extended their advantage 18 minutes into the second half. Some good work down the right from Adam Marriot presented Terry Hawkridge with the opportunity. The wide man, after a well-timed first touch, made no mistake from close-range to extend the lead after 63 minutes.
Ryan Brooke was presented with The Dabbers best opportunity of the second period. Leaving himself lurking in the background, he latched on to a stray backpass before dragging his shot wide of Paul Farman’s left-hand post.
Osebi Abadaki thought he had brought his side back into the contest when he produced a great save from Farman with eight minutes to go. The earlier substitute, who had replaced Mwasile, produced a fine curling effort from the edge of the area to bring out the best of the Lincoln goalkeeper.
Farman was at his best yet again before the end. Joel Stair met a well-worked corner with power, but the goalkeeper’s acrobatics preserved his side’s two-goal lead.
The goalkeepers fine showing, however, was overshadowed in injury time. A flighted cross from Dave Walker caused him all sorts of problems before he dropped the ball into his own net in the aftermath.
That goal proved too late for the hosts however, as Lincoln progressed to the next round where they will face Gateshead.
The Dabbers will next be in action at Workington on Boxing Day.
Nantwich: Parton, White, Touray, C Jones, J Stair, Hall, Mwasile (Abadaki), Bell, Brooke (Walker), Finney (S Jones), Riley.
Subs not used: Sanders, Quinn.
Lincoln City: Farman, Wood, Habergham, Whitehouse (Arnold), McCombe, Howe, Muldoon (Robinson), Power, Rhead (Woodyard), Marriot, Hawkridge.
Subs not used: Waterfall, Walton.
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