Nantwich Town retained the Eddie Morris Memorial Trophy with a 2-1 victory over Whitchurch Alport at the Optimum Pay Stadium.

Before the game even started, some sand had to be found after the referee saw a thin patch on the pitch, perhaps a result of the recent heatwave.

Whitchurch had the first chance after 5 minutes, Allcock trying an ambitious volley that almost came off, drifting wide in the end.

Prince Haywood had the Dabbers’ first try, slicing over from a Thommy knockback.

It was a scrappy start to the game with both teams struggling to retain possession, but after half an hour things started to settle and goals followed.

Jack Hatton won a free kick on the right, Sean Cooke swung it in, it went over everyone but Jimmy Lawrie got it back and on his cross, Ben Harrison rose for a header that looped back across the keeper who didn’t come for it to make it 1-0.

The joy was short lived however, as Whitchurch equalised almost straight away. A ball in wasn’t sufficiently cleared and Jud Ellis, an early substitute for an injury, lifted the ball over Cameron Terry for 1-1.

Ellis, with his confidence up, tried a long-ranger that Terry dealt with well with the ball moving in the air.

Lane then had a free header for Alport but could only put it straight at Terry and Hughes hit the side netting as Whitchurch finished the half strongly.

Joe Mwasile, off the bench at half time, won the ball back in a good position and tried to pick out Shaun Miller who was starting up front, but it was just cut out.

Cooke whipped in a corner that Troy Bourne threw himself at but couldn’t get the right contact.

Nantwich were playing better after the break, Caspar Hughes pulling the strings in midfield in particular.

Mwasile was then played through and denied by a good save but was flagged offside anyway.

Callum Saunders, playing left wing-back, cut in on his right foot and a cross shot curled narrowly wide as the pressure continued to grow.

The goal was coming, and when it did it was from an unexpected route. Sub goalkeeper Booth saw a run from Mwasile and picked him out with a great kick from his hands, Mwasile wriggled his way through the tight defence and tried a lob that was just clawed away by Springthorpe, Thommy was there to try the rebound, it was blocked but he buried the 2nd chance.

Hughes had a pop from range late on but that was easily saved as the Dabbers closed out the game well.

Ben Harrison then tried his best Maradona impression, charging down the left hand side, blocking and dribbling his way into a shooting position and hitting the outside of the post.

That would have been an extraordinary end to a great win, and the family of Eddie Morris presented the squad with the trophy at full-time.

Teams

Nantwich Town: Terry (Booth, 46), Hatton (Mwasile, 46), Saunders (Danquah, 67), Langley, Harrison, Bourne, Haywood (Thompson, 73), Lawrie (Hughes, 46), Cooke, Miller (Heath, 67), Thommy

Goals: Harrison, 33; Thommy, 70

Whitchurch Alport: Springthorpe (Triallist, 86), Clayton (Madeley, 83), Simms, Minshall, Campbell (Carpenter, 46), Lane (Triallist, 65), Skelton (‘Jeanny’, 82), Griffiths (Ellis, 8), Urvantev, Allcock (Farleigh, 65), Hughes (Triallist, 75)

Goal: Ellis, 34