Jack Jones reports on the Dabbers 1-0 win over high flying Rushall Olympic.
Nantwich Town picked up their first home league win of the season as they beat inform Rushall Olympic 1-0 at the Weaver Stadium. The first half was a feisty and competitive affair with a Josh Hancock headed goal ruled out for offside the main talking point.
In the 2nd half, Rushall hit the post through Luke Bottomer as they searched for the breakthrough, but a wonder strike from Dabbers striker Ryan Brooke lit up the contest in the 66th minute. The Dabbers then held on manfully against a strong Pics team to pick up a priceless 3 points and their first win in the league at home.
Boss Phil Parkinson made 4 changes from the side that started against Barwell at the weekend. Joel Stair and Matt Bell missed out through injury, whilst Osebi Abadaki and Tim Sanders dropped to the bench. In came forwards Sean Cooke, Ryan Brooke, defender Ibou Touray and goalscorer from the weekend Josh Hancock. Rushall named a strong team containing the leagues hottest striker, Alex Reid, powerful target man Mo Diop and former Dabbers keeper Jose Veiga.
The first chance for either side came in the 4th minute as Cooke was felled 25 yards from goal. He hit a curling effort just wide of Veiga’s goal. Diop then forced Parton into a comfortable save at the other end as both teams looked to get forward and create chances. Rushall started to see more of the ball in the early stages as their confidence shone through. Diop and Reid were causing problems, but the Dabbers defence was working hard to keep them quiet.
Neither side were able to carve out any great opportunities in the opening 25 minutes as the teams worked hard off the ball. The Dabbers then came close to the opener as Ben Harrison cleverly back heeled the ball towards goal after a corner had dropped to him in the box. It was scrambled off the line before Dave Walker hit the rebound into the side netting. Cooke then forced Veiga into a smart save down to his left as the Dabbers started to get on top.
Rushall’s Marlon Walters was the first player in the book as he clattered into Cooke from behind. From the resulting free kick, the ball was flicked to Curtis Jones at the far post, but he was unable to turn the ball in under pressure from the Pics defence. Zak Martin was the next player into the refs notebook as he caught Cooke with a dangerous challenge.
Just as the Dabbers were in control, Rushall hit back. Diop did well to hold the ball up and bring his team mates into play. He then cut inside to the right of goal and curled an effort off the foot of the post. It was the away side’s best chance of the game. The Dabbers then thought they had the lead when good football saw Cooke put in Brooke down the right wing. He curled in a great ball to Josh Hancock, who headed past Veiga from close range. The linesman’s flag ruled the goal out, much to the frustration of the home supporters. It was the final chance of note in what had been a competitive and full blooded first half.
Neither side made changes at half time as the sides looked for the break through goal. Rushall had the ball in the net early in the 2nd half, but the ref had blown up for a foul on Parton in the build up. Luke Bottomer then hit the woodwork for the 2nd time for the Pics, as he glided into the penalty area before cannoning a shot back off the upright. Mikael Partodirkromo then shot just wide as Rushall pushed for the first goal of the game.
The Dabbers were working hard to restrict Rushall to half chances and Ibou Touray denied Reid a shot on goal on the hour mark with some strong defending. With 25 minutes to go, the game was brought to life with a superb finish from Brooke. The Dabbers built up some pressure and good work on the left saw Sam Hall play the ball to Brooke. He cut inside and hit a dipping 25 yard effort into the top corner, giving the diving Veiga no chance. It was a fantastic goal from Brooke, just his 2nd since joining the club back in August. It was worth the wait though.
Rushall looked to hit back as they sought to protect their 6 game unbeaten run. Diop once again caused problems, holding the ball up in the box before skewing a shot well wide. Both sides made changes as the game approached the final 10 minutes, with the Dabbers replacing the excellent Hancock and the hard working Wayne Riley with Theo Stair and Osebi Abadaki.
The Dabbers kept looking for the 2nd goal on the counter attack and Cooke saw a deflected effort go wide for a corner. Bottomer was fortunate to avoid a booking for tripping Touray before Brooke was inches away from applying the finishing touch to an excellent Sam Hall cross. The Pics then threw everything at the Dabbers as they searched for an equaliser. The Dabbers kept their opponents at bay, making a number of crucial blocks and clearances. Parton also made some timely catches, punches and kicks to help ease the pressure.
Parton’s bravery saw him caught by Henry Eze as they collided going for a long ball, but he was ok to continue. The Pics had one great chance to equalise late on when Jazz Luckie found space on the edge of the area, but he skied a volley well over as the final Rushall chance came and went. The Dabbers held firm to record a vital 3 points and bring Rushall’s winning run to an end.
Nantwich Town: Dave Parton, Andy White, Curtis Jones, Ben Harrison, Ibou Touray, Wayne Riley(77, Tim Sanders), Sam Hall(c), Ryan Brooke, Sean Cooke, Josh Hancock(75, Osebi Abadaki), Dave Walker(61, Theo Stair)
Subs not used: Reece Quinn(gk), Troy Bourne
Rushall Olympic: Jose Veiga, Sam Whittall, Zak Martin, Aaron Forde, Henry Eze, Joel Kettle(c), Marlon Walters(77, Jordan Fitzpatrick), Luke Bottomer, Mo Diop(71, Stanley Mugisha), Mikael Partodikromo(61, Jazz Luckie), Alex Reid
Subs not used: Sam Arnold(gk), Edilson Antonio
Yellow Cards: Walters(32), Martin(37)
Man of the Match: Ryan Brooke
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