Match Report: Nantwich Town 1-0 Sutton Coldfield Town


By Steven Dale
Photos by Jonathan White

A first half goal from Ben Harrison was enough to secure victory for the home side, who bounced back from their weekend defeat against Blyth to take all three points at The Weaver Stadium.

It was the hosts who had the first sight at goal. The opportunity came after Andy White was fouled outside the area, but the resulting free kick could only be put over by Josh Hancock.

A quiet period of the game followed and the game had to wait until the 22nd minute for its next serious opportunity. A searching ball into the box found its way to Josh Green, however, when presented with the resulting opportunity –  he could only fire wide of Dan Gyollai’s left-hand post.

The game, however, was really brought to life in a four minute period.

Aaron Birch produced a save from Gyollai, first of all, and the goalkeeper’s quick distribution sent Josh Hancock in the clear, but he could only produce a save from James Wren in the Sutton Coldfield goal.

However, the resulting corner saw the deadlock broken. Centre back Ben Harrison rising highest to head home and give The Dabbers the advantage on the night.

Nantwich, looking to avenge their defeat at Blyth on Saturday also went close to doubling the lead before the break. It was Harrison again who created the opportunity. The defender, initially picking the ball up in his own half, ran the entire length of the pitch before forcing another good save from Wren.

In the last opportunity before the break, a long-distance effort from George Washbourne sailed over the bar of Gyollai’s goal.

The second half, much like the first, began slowly. It took until the 54th minute for either side to have an opportunity, and when it did, it fell the way of the visitors. Curtis Jones, closing down a fierce effort from Max Wright was adjudged to have handled the ball outside the area and from the resulting free kick, Washbourne fired wide of the target.

The home side had to wait a full 26 minutes of the second period before testing Wren. and it was Matt Bell from distance who had the eventual opportunity. He, though, saw his shot well held by the Sutton Coldfield goalkeeper.

The visitors, again, went close to levelling the contest six minutes from time. A well-worked move saw the ball end up at the feet of Shaun Geddes and his powerful effort flew just wide of The Dabbers left-hand post.

Substitute Mwasile, who had earlier replaced Hancock, came close to doubling the advantage four minutes from the end. A strong run from the powerful forward took him to the edge of the area and his resulting shot forced Wren into another fine save.

The Dabbers, despite a good second half showing from their Sutton Coldfield opponents, held on and bounced back from Saturday’s disappointment in the best possible fashion.

Nantwich’s next fixture will be the visit of Barwell to the Weaver Stadium on Saturday.

Line-ups:

Nantwich Town: Gyollai, White, Touray, Harrison, C Jones, Hall, S Jones (Riley, 60), Bell, Bailey-Nicholls (Brooke, 55), Hancock (Mwasile, 80), Abadaki.

Booking: Bell

Goalscorer: Harrison 31′

Sutton Coldfield Town: Wren, Marx, Fox (Cleet, 80), Webb (Beresford, 75), Townsend, Sho-Silva, Green (Cooke, 45), Birch, Wright, Geddes, Washbourne.

Man of the match: Ben Harrison.

Attendance: N/A

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