Match Report: Nantwich Town 1-3 Coalville Town

By Ryan Batty:

Despite an early goal from defender Joel Stair, Nantwich Town succumbed to a Coalville fightback as they came back to win 3-1 on a cold afternoon at the Weaver Stadium.

Stair opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a close range header from Matt Bell’s corner but Coalville equalised through Cleveland Taylor, while goals on either side of half-time from Jermaine Hollis and Daniel Creaney completed The Ravens’ victory.

Perhaps the biggest talking point of the fixture came on the verge of the hour mark as Harry Clayton was shown a red card for a late challenge on Kyle Bryant.

Three changes were made from the side that lost to Witton in midweek, as Courtney Wildin and Joel Stair both returned to the side in defence, while Matt Bell came back for David Forbes, who started on the bench.

Nantwich started brightly, controlling the proceedings and showed in the first five minutes as the defence was unlocked and a ball over the top of the defence almost found Joe Mwasile, but Coalville keeper Matt Coton reached the ball before the winger.

The Dabbers were awarded a corner after thirteen minutes, and Matt Bell swung the ball into the box towards Stair, and the ex-Hanley defender was there to head past Coton to give Nantwich the lead.

Just a couple of minutes later, the lead could have been doubled as veteran forward Steve Jones was played through with his back to goal on the right-hand side, and a curled shot on the turn ricocheted off the far post,.

Nantwich really outplayed the visitors in the first twenty minutes, but to their credit, Coalville started to knock on the Nantwich door, and eventually reaped their reward.

After twenty-six minutes, a foul on Dabbers keeper Will Jaaskelainen went unnoticed, and Cleveland Taylor capitalised as he bundled the ball home.

The rest of the first half passed largely without too many chances, but a minute before the interval, an excellent volley from Jermaine Hollis bent into the top right-hand corner, leaving Jaaskelainen with no chance, and gave Coalville a half-time lead.

Five minutes after the break, Nantwich almost equalised as Clayton flicked the ball onto Bell, who let the ball bounce before striking one powerfully that was tipped wide by Coton.

However, after fifty-two minutes, the visitors got their third goal as Bryant curled one towards goal which Jaaskelainen brilliantly palmed onto the crossbar, only for Creaney to tap the loose ball into an empty net.

The Dabbers tried to get back in the game, but things were made worse after an hour, as Clayton went in late on Kyle Bryant, attracting plenty of shouts from the Coalville players before referee Mr Storey showed the forward a straight red card having consulted with his linesman.

To their credit, the Dabbers still created chances to try and get back into the game as Bell was denied by Coton from close range, before substitute Curtis Strong curled a right footed effort against the crossbar.

Up the other Jaaskelainen saved well from Creaney who shot low at the keeper following Blair Anderson’s cutback.

The final chance of the game fell to recent signing Luke Walley who fired wide of the far post after finding space just inside the Coalville box.

Next up for the Dabbers is another home game on Tuesday evening as Stourbridge visit the Weaver Stadium with a 7.45pm KO.

Nantwich: Jaaskelainen, Bourne, Wildin, Stair, McDonald, Hall © (Strong 66’), Mwasile, Hughes, Clayton, Bell, S. Jones (Walley 60’)

Unused Subs: Morgan, Forbes, Burzynski

Coalville: Coton, Bryant (Anderson 76’), Torr, Jenno, Freeman, Towers ©, Taylor, Hollis, Creaney, Watson (Dixon 84’), McGlinchey (Howes 66’)

Unused Subs: Hannis, Carvell

Attendance: 206

Referee: Mr N Storey

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