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On a day when Nantwich were hoping to make it two wins in a row, it didn’t quite as well as one would have wanted it to sadly.

It was a good start by the away side, as Heath had the first shot of the match, which went just wide of the post, which got the sizeable travelling support going in fine voice. From there though the home side took control of the game, with Richards heading a great opportunity just wide, just change the momentum in the their favour. Then Mitch Tait hit a fantastic shot that rebounded back off of the post, and Nantwich were living a very charmed life, and were lucky to still be in the game. Paddy Webb was very influential for the Lions, and indeed it was him who had the next shot in anger, with him shooting just wide from the edge of the area. Then it was from a rev James cross that Webb headed over, when perhaps he really should have scored. That was quickly followed up by a Matt Thornhill header from a corner, and it was all one way traffic at this point, with Nantwich doing very well to keep the home side goalless.

There was one bright spot for the away side, when Callum Huxley had a shot which was saved by Preston in the home goal. From there though, the game reverted back in Basford’s favour, as first there was a very good free-kick by Thornhill that went just inches wide, the Webb shot over from inside the penalty area.

Then just before half-time came a flashpoint, as Kane Richards, came in late on Casper Hughes, and was booked, when perhaps on another day, he would have been sent off, and Hughes had to leave the field from the resulting injury he picked up from the challenge. Another big decision from the referee happened just minutes into the second half, as Richards again came in late on one of our players, this time it was Troy Bourne, but he didn’t get anything more than a stern warning, so he was very fortunate with such a decision.

Despite the Dabber’s best laid plans to contain the home side, that sadly didn’t last too long into the second half, as within three minutes of the re-start Ryan Wilson had put the home side ahead with a very good half volley from inside the penalty area, to which Matthew Gould couldn’t do too much to prevent it from going in.

More chances to extend the home sides lead came and went, despite that there were two very good chances for Nantwich to get that all important equaliser, first from Jacob Edwardas who produced a moment of great skill, before firing just over the bar, then deep into stoppage time, the substitute Ethan Mitchell had the best chance, only to see his shot cleared off of the goal-line, much to chagrin of the away support.

That is how the match ended, with the home side winning by a single goal, by the Dabbers can count themselves very unfortunate to not come away with a draw.