Photo courtesy of Caernarfon Town Facebook, words by Adam Bateman

Nantwich Town won in Wales with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Welsh Premier League side Caernarfon Town.

In conditions that were not ideal and where the wind and rain were in the players’ faces from the off, Nantwich set out to their task at hand. 

Right from almost the kick off the Dabbers could have taken the lead, as AJ Leitch-Smith after only 40 seconds got the ball, then he cut inside his man before firing into the side netting.  

A very positive start, and a sign of things to come for the away side. 

Caernarfon then looked to make their mark and after a few minutes more they had their first shot in anger, that was just off target.

Nantwich looked good, despite the conditions being against them, Dave Cooke has managed to get them playing lots of nice short passes and interchanges between the players.

Joe Robbins had the first shot on target of the game, which was straight at French in the home goal. 

The chances for the away side kept on coming, first for Jon Moran and then for Robbins again, who had his shot tipped over. 

From that corner Moran saw his header go just wide of the post, the visitors were definitely on top at this stage. 

Sean Cooke was next to test the home goalkeeper French, with a long range shot that was spilled but then just cleared before the follow up could be tapped in.

The travelling fans thought that they had seen their side take the lead just after the half hour mark, when AJ Leitch-Smith put the ball in the net, only to be denied by the linesman’s offside flag. 

Before half time Sean Cooke had a great chance to open the scoring but his curling effort was saved and pushed wide, and the sides went in level and goalless, despite Nantwich being on top. 

The second half started much like the first half with Nantwich having a chance less than a minute after the referee’s whistle for kick off, this time it was Dan Cockerline, who had come on for Connor Heath, but that was just a warm up shot. 

Jon Moran had an acrobatic effort that hit the bar, as the visitors really put the pressure on, and just five minutes into the second half it paid off.

Joel Grant, who was always a threat, got the ball out wide, cut inside his man, and fired his shot into the top corner to give the Dabbers a much deserved lead.

From there, it was one way traffic, and Nantwich looked by far the vastly superior team. 

AJ Leitch-Smith had a shot that hit the post, but then almost out of nothing, the hosts almost equalised. 

Donouhe saw Louis Gray off his line, and from inside his own half, took a shot that sailed over his head, and just dropped over the bar.

After that, AJ Leitch-Smith scored his first goal for the club with a lovely turn and finish, which curled past French, to put the game out of sight for the home side. 

That wasn’t the end of the chances, as despite a raft of changes for both sides, Sean Cooke found time to hit the post, as the home side were holding on to keep the scoreline down and respectable. 

Towards the end, Dan Cockerline had another chance after a great bit of skill, but shot straight at French. 

The game finished with a win for the Dabbers, in what was a really good all round performance for Dave Cooke’s men. 

 

Teams

Caernarfon Town: French, Williams, John, Donohue, N.Edwards, Gosset, Faux, Bradley, Hughes, Trialist A, Hayes 

Nantwich Town: Louis Gray, Joel Stair (Matty France, 77), Troy Bourne (Marius Mocanu, 83), Ritchie Sutton (Jacob Edwards, 67), Jon Moran, Jack Sherratt (Callum Huxley, 77), Connor Heath (Dan Cockerline, 46), Joe Robbins (Kobe Nelson, 72), AJ Leitch-Smith (Joe Mwasile, 67), Sean Cooke (George Walters, 72), Joel Grant (Shaun Miller, 67) 

Goals: Grant (53), Leitch-Smith (62)