Match Report – Newcastle Town 1-6 Nantwich Town

Jack Jones gives his Match Report as the Dabbers run riot in Pre-Season friendly


Nantwich Town turned in a strong 2nd half performance against local neighbours Newcastle Town to run out 6-1 victors and record their 2nd win of the 2016/17 Pre-Season schedule. A disjointed performance with players missing and new systems being trialled meant the Dabbers went in at the break 1-0 down. But a positive team talk at half time saw them come out fired up, and they ran in 6 goals in a dominant 2nd half display, with Andy White(2), Sean Cooke, Ibou Touray and Osebi Abadaki(2) all bagging goals. 

The Dabbers went into the game with Phil Parkinson back in charge after a short break. He named his strongest possible XI, with players missing through injury and holidays. Trialist Godwin Abadaki started upfront alongside Theo Stair, with Sean Cooke, Sam Hall and Wayne Riley in midfield. The back 5 were Ibou Touray, Curtis Jones, Mat Bailey, Ben Harrison and Andy White with Dave Parton once again starting in goal against his former team. It was another quiet start to the game, with both teams feeling each other out in the early stages. The first chance went Newcastle’s way, as a free header from a corner wasn’t connected with properly and drifted out of play.


Theo Stair had the first attempt for the Dabbers as he got away down the left hand side of the area, but he could only drag his shot wide on a tricky playing surface. Both sides had half chances as the 1st half progressed, but the Dabbers were next to have a decent opening. A cross from Andy White found an unmarked Godwin Obadaki, but the trialist could only direct his header wide. Luke Askey headed over from a corner at the other end as Newcastle continued to pose problems for the Dabbers. 26 minutes in and Lewis Bergin had Newcastle’s best chance, shooting just over from 25 yards after he wasn’t closed down quickly over.

With 12 minutes to go until half time, Sean Cooke was tackled from behind and went down claiming a free kick. The ref wasn’t interested and instead penalised Cooke for a handball, much to Sean’s bemusement. The referee was at the centre of a number of strange decisions for both teams. Nantwich struggled to find any fluency in the first half and were punished just before half time by Lee Cropper. A ball over the top sent Tom Urwin away and his first time cross found Cropper. The striker then showed quick feet to work some space and bent a fine shot past a rooted Parton to give the home side the lead. It had been a frustrating half for the Dabbers.


After a pep talk from Parky and the management, the Dabbers came out unchanged for the 2nd half. The player repaid the managers faith as they equalised inside a minute. Andy White got into space on the right side of the Newcastle penalty area and hit a sweet low drive past Castle goalkeeper Aaron Dillon to draw the Dabbers level. Nantwich had their tails up and 5 minutes later were ahead. Some good work from Godwin Abadaki on the left saw him lift a fantastic cross to the far post and it was a simple task for the onrushing White to head home his 2nd of the afternoon from a yard out. It had been some response from the Dabbers after a lacklustre first half.

Luke Askey almost equalised for Castle when he saw his header from a free kick go just wide, but Nantwich extended their advantage on 56 minutes. Sean Cooke found space and unleashed a 25 yard screamer in off the post with Dillon beaten. It was a sublime strike from Cooke and brightened what had been a tough afternoon for the Dabbers midfielder. Cooke was in the thick of the action 4 minutes later when he clipped a Newcastle player before appearing to be caught by Newcastle midfielder Jon Beaumont. After some treatment, Cooke was ok to continue.

Cooke had the next chance as he hit a scuffed effort straight at Dillon, whilst Touray put a ball across the 6 yard area, but nobody was there to touch it in as the Dabbers went in search of more goals. With 25 minutes to go, Parky wisely took Cooke off and replaced him with Jonny Kapend. 2 minutes later and Theo Stair came off for Osebi Abadaki. It was another hard working and impressive display from the new Nantwich striker. 2 minutes after coming on, Osebi was involved in the Dabbers 4th, as his cross from the right found Ibou Touray, who after steadying himself slotted in his first Nantwich goal.


Parky then made 4 more changes, with Touray, White, Riley and Godwin Abadaki being replaced by Declan Poole, Glen Matthews, Ryan Jackson and one time Nantwich striker Dave Walker. The Dabbers weren’t letting up though. With 10 minutes to go, Ryan Jackson made a powerful run into the Newcastle half and found Walker on the right. He found Glen Matthews at the far post, but his shot could only hit the post. It fell to Osebi, who then finished via a deflection off Matthews. The announcer gave the goal to Matthews, but Abadaki probably deserves the credit.

Osebi continued to cause problems as he crossed for Matthews, but the ball was claimed before it reached him. Declan Poole then shot wide as the Dabbers continued to create chances. Nantwich were to have the final say in the 90th minute though, as Walker once again got clear down the right. He then picked out Osebi, who fired under Dillon to grab his 2nd of the game and the team’s 6th. It rounded off a commanding 2nd 45 minutes from the Dabbers and gave them a much deserved win.

Newcastle Town Starting XI: Aaron Dillon, Jamie Morgan, Lewis Bergin, Richard Smith, James Askey(c), Jon Beaumont, Kyle Diskin, Luke Askey, Chris Baker, Lee Cropper, Tom Urwin

Subs: Connor Hughes, Jake Lovatt, Shay Finney, Travis Johnson

Nantwich Town Starting XI: Dave Parton, Andy White, Ibou Touray, Ben Harrison, Mat Bailey, Curtis Jones, Wayne Riley, Sam Hall(c), Theo Stair, Sean Cooke, Godwin Abadaki

Subs: Jonny Kapend, Osebi Abadaki, Ryan Jackson, Declan Poole, Glen Matthews


Castle: Lee Cropper(43)

Dabbers: Andy White(46, 52), Sean Cooke(57), Ibou Touray(70), O.Abadaki(80, 90)


You can check out the highlights of all 6 Dabbers goals here, courtesy of our webcam behind the goal. Enjoy.

Attendance: 126

The Dabbers are next in action on Tuesday against the Wigan Athletic development squad. It is the final home friendly before the season starts, so we look forward to seeing you all there as the season draws ever closer.

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