Sean Cooke 9′(p), Matt Bell 29′, Callum Saunders 58′, 80′, Joe Malkin 66′
Josh Brabin 39′, Ste Rothwell 74′
- Lloyd Allinson
- Jamie Morgan
- Louis Barnes
- Joe Davis
- Toby Mullarkey
- Caspar Hughes (c)
- Troy Bourne
- Matt Bell
- Joe Malkin
- Sean Cooke
- Callum Saunders
Danny Glover for Joe Malkin (69′)
James Lawrie for Caspar Hughes (80′)
Ricardo Fuller for Sean Cooke (88′)
Cammell Laird 1907
- Michael Dixon
- Adam Rooney
- Josh Brabin
- Liam Hollett
- Ben Dutton-Kelly
- Daniel Shearwood
- Tom Hackett
- Colm Lynch (c)
- Kyle Scorah
- Stephen Rothwell
- Josh Donnelly
Caleb Jones for Tom Hackett (31′)
Elliot Jones for Daniel Shearwood (63′)
Matthew Kewn for Adam Rooney (86′)
Nantwich Town made it back-to-back Cheshire Senior Cup titles with a convincing 5-2 victory over Cammell Laird 1907 on Wednesday evening at Altrincham FC.
The Dabbers were quick out of the blocks, looking composed in possession and producing some lovely link-up play which ultimately led to the opening goal of the game on nine minutes from the penalty spot.
Sean Cooke’s superb skill played Callum Saunders in on goal before the striker was tripped in the box leaving Premier League referee Anthony Taylor no choice but to point to the spot. Cooke stepped up and thumped his spot-kick right down the middle to give Nantwich an early advantage.
Joe Malkin and Saunders both went close soon after, the latter with a fantastic chance to double the Dabbers lead after being left unmarked in the area however Cammell Laird keeper Michael Dixon made a smart stop.
The Lairds had their first clear sight of goal close to the half hour mark after some sloppy Nantwich play at the back, but Josh Donnelly could only drag his effort wide.
Moments after that miss, the Dabbers made it two when Malkin and Cooke linked up again before feeding Matt Bell on the edge of the box who fired low past a diving Dixon into the bottom left corner.
Five minutes before half-time, Cammell Laird found a way back into the contest. A silly foul to give away allowed Josh Brabin to rifle home a free-kick which flew past Lloyd Allinson in the Nantwich goal.
The next goal after half-time was going to be crucial, and after knocking at the door early on, Saunders got his first of the night following a superb floated Bell cross which found the striker unmarked at the back post to powerfully head home.
Cammell Laird made an attacking change with the hopes of making a response however on 66 minutes it was four. Louis Barnes and Saunders this time combined on the left-hand side before the striker’s drilled ball into the six-yard box found its way to Malkin who made no mistake from close range.
Just as the game looked over, Cammell Laird hit back from another set-piece. Caleb Jones got away from Jamie Morgan and won a free-kick at a tight angle which Brabin again whipped into the box, evading everyone and flying past Allinson once more.
The game became much more end-to-end in the final 15 minutes however Nantwich responded perfectly to the goal, rounding off the scoring through Saunders after he was played in by Cooke on the left side of the box and, via a deflection, fired past a helpless Dixon.
The unbelievable Dabbers supporters roared their side home to successive Cheshire Senior Cup triumphs in what was a seven-goal thriller.