Mark Roberts 27′, Josh Amis 43′, Tony Gray 90′
Sean Cooke 9′, Danny Glover 30′(p), 34′
- Tony McMillan
- Mitch Duggan
- Alex Whittle
- Shaun Beeley
- Mark Roberts (c)
- David Raven
- Bohan Dixon
- Ben Garrity
- Tony Gray
- Josh Amis
- Jack Dunn
Adam Hughes for Alex Whittle (35′)
Jack Mackreth for Bohan Dixon (62′)
Dylan Vassallo for Jack Dunn (64′)
- Will Jaaskelainen
- Jamie Morgan
- Louis Barnes
- Joel Stair
- Toby Mullarkey
- Caspar Hughes (c)
- Troy Bourne
- Matt Bell
- Joe Malkin
- Sean Cooke
- Danny Glover
James Lawrie for Joe Malkin (80′)
A late equaliser for Warrington Town condemned Nantwich to share the spoils with their Cheshire neighbours as despite being the better side for the majority of the afternoon, the Dabbers were held by Tony Gray’s stoppage-time goal.
Nantwich took the lead after eight minutes through Sean Cooke’s stunning free-kick, before Cooke missed from the penalty spot. Defender Mark Roberts equalised for the Wire, before Danny Glover converted a penalty to put the men in green back into the lead.
Glover added his second soon after, after a great finish from close-range. Josh Amis gave the Yellows a way back into the game on the brink of half-time, but some stoic Nantwich defending had many believing that the Dabbers would be leaving with all three points, but the latest of equalisers saw both sides share the points on an overcast afternoon at Cantilever Park.
Manager Dave Cooke will now look to return to winning ways this forthcoming Tuesday evening, when the Dabbers are set to play host to Bamber Bridge.
Cooke made two changes from the side that drew with Scarborough a week ago, as James Lawrie and Joe Mwasile started on the bench, while Troy Bourne and Danny Glover were elevated into the first eleven.
The first few minutes of the game were fairly even, with both sides having a chance down the near side of the field, with both sets of defences doing well to keep their attacking counterparts at bay.
The first goal came early on as the Wire were penalised just inside the ‘D’ to give Nantwich a free-kick. Despite Matt Bell curling one home from similar range the previous week, it was Sean Cooke who curled this one over the wall and into the left of the goal, giving Nantwich the lead.
Joe Malkin looked to quickly double the lead soon after, but his shot, after being played in by Danny Glover, went high over the bar.
After a quarter-of-an-hour, Jamie Morgan advanced into the Yellows’ eighteen-yard box, before a foul on the full-back saw referee Mr Duckworth with no choice but to point to the spot and award a penalty.
Cooke stepped up to take the penalty, and fired to the keeper’s right, but unfortunately, McMillan guessed right and prevented his side from trailing by two this early into the game.
Malkin could have scored just before the twenty-minute mark, as his low effort rolled just wide of McMillan’s near post. Louis Barnes came close from inside the box a moment later, his outside-the-boot effort also past the near post.
Cooke was put in the referee’s book for a dubious high-foot challenge – Cooke had attempted an ambitious bicycle kick from a cross into the box, but despite striking the ball he also made contact with a Warrington defender. For this, he was cautioned for dangerous play.
Warrington equalised just before the half-hour mark, as Wire skipper Mark Roberts stabbed home a loose ball in the box following the corner.
However, Nantwich were ready for a swift reply, as they burst out of the gates after the goal, winning a second penalty as Morgan was again taken down in the box. It was Danny Glover’s penalty this time, and while he also sent it to the keeper’s right, McMillan went the wrong way and Nantwich regained the lead.
Glover doubled his tally just moments later, as Morgan’s cross into the box found the right foot of Glover, whose volley smashed into the back of the net.
Cooke could have been shown a second yellow as he was adjudged to have gone in late in a 50/50 challenge with a Wire defender, but the cards remained in the referee’s pocket on this occassion.
Just as Nantwich looked to be going into the break with a two-goal lead, a cross into the box for the visitors saw Josh Amis head home to make it all to play for in the second period.
After the restart, McMillan almost caused himself embarrassment as a simple header back to the keeper was slightly spilled by the goalkeeper, but fortunately for the hosts, he was able to quickly collect the loose ball.
Warrington were clearly aiming for some sort of record, as they gained several consecutive corners for a five-minute period. However, it was a credit to Nantwich’s defending as they continued to hold firm.
Matt Bell came close after being played through by Jamie Morgan, but a real heart-in-mouth moment came a few moments later when a cross into the box from Dunn narrowly missed the head of his target, and Nantwich’s clearance almost found Will Jaaskelainen’s net. Fortunately, there were no own goals to speak of.
Jaaskelainen made a really good stop to prevent an equally solid effort from the Wire with twenty minutes to go, before Nantwich provided some excellent football, shifting their momentum from the right of the field to the opposite side, where a cross into the box found Glover, but unfortunately, his header was off-target.
A Caspar Hughes cross into the box found Jamie Morgan, who almost flicked his effort into the bottom-left, before what looks to be a Dabbers corner is adjudged by the referee to be a goal-kick.
Nantwich’s late defending looked to be heroic, but it was all for naught in the fourth minute of added time, as with the rushing goalkeeper into the box for a corner, there were simply too many men for Nantwich to cope with as Tony Gray stabbed home the loose ball, Nantwich being held to a heartbreaking point despite being the better side throughout.