By Ryan Batty:
Nathan Cotterell’s first goal for the Dabbers was not enough as Nantwich Town were beaten 2-1 at Whitby Town on a chilly Saturday afternoon in Yorkshire.
The winger gave Nantwich the lead after thirty-two minutes as a poor backpass by Dan McWilliams along the eighteen-yard box was intercepted by Cotterell, who slid a first time effort under hosts’ goalkeeper Jack Norton’s legs to give the Dabbers the lead.
However, the Seasiders equalised just a few moments before the break as Matthew Tymon leapt above the defenders to head past Fabian Spiess, before Anthony Hume was played in behind the defence and was able to loft the ball into the net to complete the comeback.
The Dabbers made three changes to the side that beat Crewe Alexandra in the Cheshire Senior Cup, with Spiess replacing Myles Boney, meanwhile Matt Bell came back into the starting eleven for Toby Mullarkey and David Forbes replaced by Cotterell.
Nantwich had the first chance of the game as Joe Mwasile was brought down on the edge of the area, earning the visitors a free-kick. Sean Cooke stepped up, but his effort was straight at Norton who was able to clutch it comfortably to his chest.
Cooke had another chance soon after, as Courtney Wildin’s tidy backpass to Cooke saw the attacking midfielder take a low left-footed effort, but the shot was seen round the post.
The hosts had their first chance after twelve minutes after a ball across goal was almost turned in, but Jamie Morgan was there to steer the ball away from goal.
After fifteen minutes, Mwasile made a great, driving run into the area from the right, and took a chance towards Norton, but the winger’s shot was blocked and cleared away.
However, the Dabbers wouldn’t have to wait too much longer to take the lead, as in the thirty-second minute Troy Bourne fired the ball forwards and after Harry Clayton flicked the ball on, McWilliams loose ball across the box was finished well by Cotterell, whose first-time effort slid under the legs of Norton to net his first goal for the club.
Whitby responded soon after as neat play from Tymon and Kyle Fryatt down the left saw the latter cross to Callum Patton whose low shot went inches past the post.
A minute before the break and the hosts did have an equaliser as Tymon leapt highest to head Callum Martin’s right wing cross in past Spiess to take the game level into half time .
The first real chance of the second half came just before the hour mark as Tymon knocked the ball down to Junior Mondal whose snap shot from the edge of the box flew past the far post.
Cooke then created the first opportunity of the half for the Dabbers two minutes later as his burst from midfield saw his shot fly over the crossbar.
But it would be Whitby who would be the ones to score though, as on the sixty-sixth minute, the ball was played in behind the defence by Lewis Maloney, and substitute Hume was there to loft the ball over Spiess.
With twenty minutes to go, Cotterell was forced to come off due to a recurring knock that had been troubling him throughout the second half, and he was replaced by Steve Jones.
Jones almost had an immediate impact, as having cut in from the left his shot from the edge of the box was fumbled behind by Norton.
With ten minutes to go, Junior Mondal was put in on goal; and the ex-Middlesbrough attacker attempted to take the ball round Spiess, but the keeper rushed out to take it from the forward’s feet.
The Dabbers made another change with five minutes to go, as Clayton McDonald replaced Joe Mwasile.
McDonald was ever so close to equalising, as Jones’ cross into the box could have been turned in by the big man, but McDonald’s hit was high over the bar – a heart-in-mouth moment for the hosts.
This proved to be the last action of the game for either side, and despite four minutes of added time, the Dabbers couldn’t get an equaliser and made the long trip back to Cheshire without three points.
Nantwich are back in action next Saturday as Dave Cooke’s men welcome Grantham Town in Evo-Stik Premier Division action.
Whitby Town: Norton, Martin, McWilliams, Burgess (C), May, Weledji, Patton (Poole 89′), Mondal, Tymon, Maloney, Fryatt (Hume 45′)
Subs not used: Bullock, Dunlavey, Dixon (GK)
Nantwich Town: Spiess, Morgan, Wildin, Stair, Bourne, Bell, Mwasile (Mwasile 85′), Hughes (C), Clayton, Cooke, Cotterell (Jones 69′)
Subs not used: Phillips, Boney (GK), Mullarkey
Ref: Mr J Urwin
Photos courtesy of Jonathan White
HIGHLIGHTS:« Back to all news