By Ryan Batty:
It was an afternoon to savour for Nantwich Town as two late goals from Danny Glover ensured a phenomenal turnaround at the Flamingo Land Stadium, where, with ten minutes to go, it looked like they would be falling to defeat against Scarborough Athletic.
Scarborough put on the pressure from the first whistle, and they broke the deadlock after twenty-seven minutes, when Wayne Brooksby was played in behind the defence, and the forward was able to slide it under Fabian Spiess’ outstretched arm. The Dabbers responded well to the goal, as Danny Glover netted the equaliser with seven minutes of the half remaining, after slamming home Mullarkey’s ball across the box. However, on the brink of half-time, Michael Coulson found James Walshaw in behind the defence, and the striker slotted home.
The Dabbers had the best of the second half, but it looked like time would be running out, before Glover netted Jimmy Lawrie’s superb delivery from the right. Nantwich didn’t want to settle for a point however, and with four minutes to go, Glover became the hero as he put a superb header past Scarborough keeper Tommy Taylor to give the Dabbers a well-earned three points.
Manager Dave Cooke made two changes from the side that lost to Blyth on Tuesday night, as Jamie Morgan and Danny Glover returned to the starting eleven, while Jamie Morgan and Callum Saunders were dropped to the bench.
Scarborough had the first opportunity to take the lead after a minute, when James Walshaw was played in in the box and attempted to stab the ball home, but the thirty-five-year-old was denied by Nantwich’s clearance.
The Dabbers had their first real chance after fourteen minutes, as Morgan made a driving run onto the edge of the Scarborough area, and put the ball in low for Glover, but the forward was unable to get ahold of his surroundings and the chance went begging.
Glover had another chance a moment later, as a free-kick into the area was headed towards goal, but it went out for a goal-kick.
After twenty-five minutes, Toby Mullarkey attempted to head away Coulson’s cross, though his header smacked against Spiess’ bar, many hoping that he hadn’t just doubled Scarborough’s lead, but fortunately Nantwich were able to get it away.
However, Scarborough wouldn’t have to wait long before going ahead, as despite shouts for offside from a few of the Dabbers, Wayne Brooksby was played in through the defence, and was able to slide it past Spiess for the first of the game.
Nantwich livened up after going behind, as they played some neat and tidy football in the middle of the area, though Glover wasn’t quite able to find Mwasile’s first-time cross after thirty-one minutes.
After a while of pushing for an equaliser, it finally came after thirty-eight minutes, as Louis Barnes’ superb run saw the left-back lay it off to Mullarkey, who put in a low, driven cross into the box that reached Glover, who took a touch before firing it past Taylor.
Barnes was put into the book soon after, after a late challenge inches in from the touchline.
On the edge of half-time, Scarborough delivered Nantwich a killer blow as Coulson played in Walshaw behind the defence, who was able to put it past Spiess to give Scarborough the lead at the interval.
At the break, Aaron Knight was replaced by Nathan Cotterell.
After fifty-four minutes, Glover found the ball on the right-hand side before cutting inside into the box. He was in the position to fire home, but put it over the top for Nathan Cotterell – but Cotterell couldn’t quite get his head on it.
Nantwich were playing some neat football as they asserted themselves in the second half, but they were unable to thread the needle as the Dabbers put some pressure on the hosts.
With twenty-two minutes remaining, Scarborough should have finished the deal, but Michael Coulson couldn’t get to the ball as it came to him low and driven across the box.
The Dabbers made their second switch a moment later, as Callum Saunders replaced Joe Mwasile.
The game quietened down after this, but with twelve minutes to go, there was some superb link-up play between Glover and Caspar Hughes, but the striker ‘s effort was saved by Taylor.
Scarborough made two changes in quick succession, as Kevin Burgess and Jack Johnson replaced Luke Dean and goalscorer Wayne Brooksby.
The Dabbers were knocking on the door with seven to go, as Morgan’s excellent effort was tiped over the bar.
The equaliser came moments later, as Lawrie’sbrilliant delivery found Danny Glover at the far post, who hit home to make it 2-2.
The Dabbers didn’t want to settle for a draw, as they piled on the pressure, and with four minutes to go, Glover headed home a lovely effort to complete the comeback.
Despite four minutes of regular time and three minutes of injury time, the Dabbers defended well to stop Boro’s ‘Hail Mary’ attempts as the final whistle blew to conclude a superb afternoon of football at the Flamingo Land Stadium.
The Dabbers are on their travels again this week, as they make the relatively shorter trip to Stalybridge Celtic for a 7.45pm kickoff, while they return to the Weaver Stadium next weekend, where they host Farsley Celtic.
Scarborough: Talor, Lacey, Merris (C), Dean (Burgess 82′), Killock, Gooda, Cadman, Valentine, Walshaw, Coulson, Brooksby (Johnson 79′)
Subs not used: Morgan (GK), Jowett, Scott
Nantwich: Spiess, Morgan, Barnes, Stair, Mullarkey, Hughes (C), Mwasile (Saunders 69′), Lawrie, Glover (Malkin 90′), Cooke, Knight (Cotterell 45′)
Subs not used: Bourne, Hawkins (GK)
Ref: Mr D Jones
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