Nantwich Town vs Workington – Sat 19th Aug – Match Report
Report: Tim Crighton
Photos: Mark Welton (please credit if any photo is used)
After some heavy rain in the morning, the weather was fine for the 3pm kick off between two teams that finished last season 5th (Nantwich) and 4th (Workington).
Of course, the Dabbers faithful know that much has changed since then, with a brand new management team and largely reshaped squad. This match showed that there are several potential new stars within the Nantwich squad, but equally, perhaps the most important work that Dave Cooke has done so far was keeping hold of the spine of the team – Joel Stair, Sam Hall and Matt Bell. All three of these players were pivotal in this match.
Cooke named a largely unnamed team, the only change being the unfortunate Fabian Spiess who dislocated his shoulder bravely saving against Altrincham. It was great to see Fabian at the game – he was in good spirits with a smile and a wave for his fans.
Goalkeeper Krystian Burzynski came in to replace Spiess for the only change to the team…..and what a hero he would become. More on that throughout this report.
On the bench was Sean Cooke returning from injury and new loan signing Kaiman Anderson – on loan from Southport FC after leaving Shrewsbury last season.
Before the start of the match, the club presented several cheques totalling over £2000 to the British Red Cross – a result of fundraising and in particular the recent Family Fun Day that was well attended by stall holders and families alike. All funds were raised for the victims of the Manchester terror attack. We thank everyone involved very much and especially for all families that supported the event and for all the volunteers that helped throughout the day.
A special mention to NTFC Function Room Manager Vicky Williams who did a fantastic job pulling this all together.
The game started with a good run from centre back Toby Mullarkey who floated over a cross, but no-one was close enough in the penalty area to capitalise and the ball went out of play.
After four minutes, Workington had their first opportunity but midfielder Calvert shot well wide from just inside the area. Nantwich Town have a new young left back by the name of Jamie Morgan and initial games show that he likes to get forward – six minutes into the game Morgan went on an exciting and mazy run and shot just over the bar.
Jamie Morgan of NTFC
The first fifteen minutes of the game were fairly even. Troy Bourne, the NTFC right back, picked up a yellow card for catching his man late and on twenty minutes, Matt Bell of NTFC followed him into the book.
On twenty eight minutes, we saw the first of many fine saves from Nantwich Town shot stopper Burzynski. A shot from Workington’s midfielder Calvert looked all the world to be creeping into the far post but Burzynski got down brilliantly to palm the shot out for a corner.
NTFC then had a good spell, with Bell shooting just wide on 30 minutes and then again a few minutes later. Bell was having a great game and was showing what a consistently good player he is, week after week.
Skipper Sam Hall was also putting in a shift, with some excellent shielding of the defence with some covering challenges.
Sam Hall – NTFC Captain
Then, on 38 minutes, a breakthrough for The Dabbers! Matt Bell was involved once again, with a cross into the Workington penalty area from a free kick and in ghosted Harry Clayton behind the defence to plant a header past the Workington keeper. 1-0 Nantwich Town.
Clayton celebrating his goal with the Dabbers fans
The remaining minutes kicked away and then the half time whistle went. 1-0 to Nantwich but a pretty even first half.
David Forbes of Nantwich Town
No changes at half time and the teams swapped ends. On 46 mins, another fantastic save from Nantwich keeper Burzynski from a Allison header to keep the score at 1-0.
Then, on 47 mins, Nantwich doubled their lead! It was again great work from Matt Bell who crossed into the box, the ball ran loose and 23 year old Jordan Davies calmly side footed the ball into the net from about 15 yards out. It was passed into the net calmly and showed a level head that is needed in the Evo Stik Premier league.
On 54 mins there was a free kick awarded outside the box to Nantwich Town, and Workington’s no 4 Wordsworth was booked for talking back to the ref. No poetic justice there.
New signing Caspar Hughes in the new County Insurance sponsored Macron kit
Krystian Burzynski then produced another save on 57 mins, from a shot from Sam Smith of Workington.
One of a number of Krystian Burzynski saves
A series of substitutions then followed from both teams. Tinnion came on for Workington to replace Rob Wilsonn and for Nantwich, they welcomed new loan signing Kaiman Anderson on for his debut, replacing David Forbes.
Sean Cooke came on after a long injury lay off and no preseason friendly games, replacing Troy Bourne on 67 minutes.
Burzynski was at it again with another fantastic save on 69 minutes, keeping the cushion to two goals.
As the clock ticked away, Workington made another substitution with Samuel Joel replacing Jack Ryan.
Anderson showed touches of class for Nantwich and provided a dangerous cross for The Dabbers that was headed out for a corner. Meanwhile, the NTFC centre backs Stair and Mullarkey were marshalling the back line really well and Workington were restricted only to a few opportunities in the last 10 minutes.
That said, it needed one more worldy save from Man of the Match Burzynski with two minutes to go, tipping the ball around the post. Nantwich Town are lucky to have two great keepers this season.
Steve Jones came on for the last few minutes to help see the game out, replacing Jordan Davies who had a good game.
There was still time for one more Burzynski in the 3rd minute of added time before the ref blew the final whistle.
2-0 to Nantwich against Workington, one of the teams tipped to be right up there come the end of the season.
Dave Cooke and his management team can be quietly satisfied with 4 points from three tough opening games against Stalybridge, Altrincham and Workington.
Next up, Nantwich are away on Monday night (21st August) against Stourbridge. It will be another tough game and Stourbridge are unbeaten with two wins and a draw.
We’d love to see as many Dabbers fans as possible to cheer us on – its only 1 1/2 hours according to Google Maps, so what better way to spend a Monday evening supporting Dave Cooke’s new look team as they get to grips with the rigours of the Evo Stik Premier League/
Nantwich Town – Burzynski, Bourne, Morgan, Stair, Mullarkey, Hall (C), Hughes, Forbes, Clayton, Bell, Davies (Subs Anderson, Webster, McDonald, Cooke, Jones)
Workington – Taylor (C), Simpson, Smith, Wordsworth, Douglas, Wright, Symington, Calvert, Ryan, Wilson, Allison (Subs Joel, Tinnion, Mellen, Carter, Fowler.
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