Nantwich Town ended a run of away defeats with a 3-1 win on the road at Whitby Town. After encountering a blip in recent weeks, they bounced back in superb fashion, becoming only the 2nd team this season to leave the Turnbull Ground with all 3 points.
Despite a strong performance in the first half, the Dabbers were unable to convert their chances, with Ryan Brooke and Osebi Abadaki both going close. They then fell behind to a Dale Hopson finish 10 minutes into the 2nd half. They responded straight from the kick off as Abadaki scored via a deflection. They then completed the turnaround as Abadaki scored a well taken 2nd. The points were wrapped up 10 minutes from time as Abadaki completed his hat-trick, turning in a Ryan Brooke square ball.
Phil Parkinson made a number of changes for the game. Ryan Brooke and Sam Hall returned to the line up after missing the last few weeks with injuries, whilst Joel Stair started at the heart of defence in place of the injured Ben Harrison. Oli Finney was on the bench after signing on a youth loan from Crewe Alexandra earlier in the week.
The game got off to a lively start, with both teams looking to pass the ball and play attractive football. Joe Mwasile was causing problems down the Dabbers right and he cut inside and shot, but the effort was scuffed. Whitby keeper Shane Bland then almost gifted the Dabbers the opening goal as his clearance was charged down by Mwasile, but the ball deflected out of the penalty area.
Matt Bell zipped a shot just wide as the Dabbers turned up the pressure on the hosts. Mwasile continued to be at the centre of the Dabbers attacks, as 2 of his crosses into the box couldn’t find team mates. More pressure on the Whitby back line forced them into a mistake, as they lost the ball in the box. Brooke pounced on the ball and forced Bland into an excellent save.
Midway through the 1st half, the floodlights on the far side of the pitch to the main stand went out, causing a brief delay in the game. They eventually came back on and thankfully caused no further issues.
Mwasile worked some space on the right hand side of the penalty area, but his shot at goal was blocked for a 2nd time. Osebi Abadaki on the opposite wing was also giving the Whitby defence problems and he came the closest to opening the scoring. He beat his man on the left hand side, worked a better shooting angle before smashing a shot back off the post. He was inches away from giving the Dabbers a deserved lead.
Mwasile then jinked his way past 3 Whitby defenders before the ball was smuggled away from danger. Wayne Riley got into space on the edge of the box, but couldn’t keep his shot down as it cleared the crossbar. Ibou Touray then became the first player into the book after a foul on the left touchline.
Whitby responded after being on the back foot for most of the half. A cross from the left by Danny McWilliams was headed towards goal by Michael Roberts, but Dave Parton superbly got across and tipped the ball onto the post. It was a superb save from the stopper and it ensured that the sides went in at the break level.
It was a scrappy start to the 2nd half, with no real chances being created in the first 10 minutes. The game burst into life on 55 minutes, when Whitby’s danger man Dale Hopson cut inside on the left and curled a well placed finish into the bottom corner, giving Parton no chance.
To the Dabbers credit, they hit back straight from the kick off and drew level barely a minute after falling behind. A ball into the box arrived at the feet of Abadaki. He backed his man up before drilling a shot across goal. It deflected in off a Whitby defender, but it gave the Dabbers a deserved leveller.
Abadaki then almost made it 2 in 2 minutes as he got in behind the Whitby defence, but Bland denied him. The game was end to end, with Whitby coming close to retaking the lead when Connor Smith put a ball across the 6 yard box, but nobody in Blue was on hand to tap in.
Parky made his first change just shy of the hour mark, bringing off a tiring Sam Hall, who’d put in an excellent shift after 7 weeks out injured. In his place came Oli Finney, who made his senior debut after only taking part in one training session.
5 minutes after falling behind, the Dabbers completed the turn around. A long clearance up the field was misjudged by the Whitby defence and Abadaki pounced to go in on goal. He beat the onrushing Bland, neatly finishing under the keeper into the bottom corner. It was an excellent finish and it gave the Dabbers the lead.
Even though they were now in front, the Dabbers continued to press forward looking for more goals. Ryan Brooke forced another smart stop out of Bland. Mwasile then put a shot wide after a quick counter attack. Whitby manager Chris Hardy had seen enough and made all 3 changes in one go.
Despite the changes, the Dabbers were comfortably holding the hosts at bay. A cross from the right was comfortably smothered by Parton, which was as close as Whitby were to come to a leveller. With 15 minutes to go, Theo Stair came on for Mwasile, who had had an excellent game.
5 minutes later and the Dabbers put breathing distance between themselves and the Seasiders with a 3rd goal. A ball over the top from Andy White put Brooke in, who had beaten the offside the trap. He advanced into the penalty area and squared the ball for a wide open Abadaki, who had the easy task of tapping in to complete his hat-trick.
Whitby looked to respond, but met with stubborn defensive resistance from the Dabbers. Nantwich could have even added a 4th when Walker created some space and forced another save from Bland. The Dabbers saw the game out in relative comfort to end their 3 game losing run and pick up their 10th league win of the season.
Whitby Town: Shane Bland, Connor Smith, Danny McWilliams, Andrew May, Luke Bythway, Mark Robinson, Adam Gell, Steven Snaith(c), Michael Roberts, Matthew Tymon, Dale Hopson
Subs: Kieran Weledji, David McTiernan, Kyle Fryett, Anthony Hume, Callum Martin
Nantwich Town: Dave Parton, Andy White, Ibou Touray, Curtis Jones, Joel Stair, Sam Hall(c)(Oli Finney, 58), Joe Mwasile(Theo Stair, 75), Matt Bell, Ryan Brooke(Dave Walker, 81), Wayne Riley, Osebi Abadaki
Subs not used: Reece Quinn, Tim Sanders
Goalscorer: Abadaki(56, 60, 80)
Bookings: Touray, Hall, Brooke, T.Stair
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