Nantwich Town made it two wins from two at the start of the season with a comfortable 2-0 win courtesy of Sean Cooke’s brace at Atherton Collieries.

Luca Hansen had the first effort on goal for the home team, and it was held well by Cameron Terry.

The opening goal came in strange circumstances but certainly welcome for the visitors. A Sean Cooke free-kick was adjudged to have been handled by one of the Atherton wall who was placed in the penalty area, so a spot-kick it was. Just as on Saturday, Cooke stepped up himself and buried it into the left corner and make it 1-0.

A nicely worked move down the Nantwich right saw Joel Stair go close to a second not long after, as the Dabbers once again were warming into a game very nicely.

Prince Haywood, starting his first game of the season, also tested the Atherton keeper Luke Hutchinson after half an hour.

Jack Lenehan tried to respond for Atherton just before the break but Terry was more than up to the task, responding really well to his disappointing moment against Stalybridge.

Caspar Hughes, the Dabbers king of the long-range screamer, so nearly had another to add to his collection, Hutchinson did extremely well to tip onto the crossbar.

Marcus Cusani just cleared the Dabbers crossbar at the other end before the game swung dramatically in Nantwich’s favour.

Ben Conway received a red card for a rough challenge on Prince Haywood, to no complaints from his teammates who had just seen their chances of getting back into the game severely hampered.

And then the game was well and truly killed off by a piece of Cooke magic. A 20-yard free kick was bent into the top corner majestically to make it 3 in 2 for the Dabbers number 10, now only four goals off becoming the joint 4th highest goalscorer in Nantwich history

Cooke so nearly got himself a hat-trick, Hutchinson again doing well to deny Sean from close range.

Callum Saunders, off the bench, was the latest to almost make it 3, once more Hutchinson keeping the scoreline respectable by tipping his effort over the bar.

But the hard work had been done and the Dabbers return to Cheshire victorious, 6 points from 6 and yet to concede a goal from open play. A tough trip to the Yorkshire coast to face Whitby on Saturday though, is sure to put those impressive records under the spotlight.


Atherton Collieries: Hutchinson, Smith, Peet, Doyle (Kershaw, 55), Hansen, Amado, Conway, Sephton, Glass (Cusani, 55), Lenehan, Rokka (Martin, 74)

Subs not used: Battersby

Red card: Conway, 60

Nantwich Town: Terry, Stair, Bourne, Harrison, Langley, Hughes, Haywood, Lawrie, Miller (Saunders, 77), Montefiori (Walsh, 79)

Subs not used: Webb, Hatton

Goals: Cooke (pen, 24), (65)

Attendance: 270