A brace from forward Joe Mwasile and a free kick goal from Sean Cooke were enough to give Dave Cooke’s men the 3 points on a hot and sunny Bank Holiday Monday, to main the Dabbers perfect start to the season.
Joe Mwasile opened the lead by getting on to the end of a Joe Malkin header on the 10th minute. Nantwich then doubled the lead with a smashing Sean Cooke free kick in the 35th minute. Witton had a chance to cut the deficit from a free kick in the 58th minute but it was cleared off the line. Mwasile then got on the end of Caspar Hughes fantastic cross to make it 3-0 in the 63rd minute.
Witton got the first real opportunity of the match in the first couple of minutes, after some good build up play down the right-hand side. Cesaire Lingouba put a cross from deep into the box but it narrowly went over the head of ex-Nantwich forward Will Jones.
Witton the got another chance when the ball came out to Lingouba again, his blocked cross landed to James Murray whose tame shot was comfortable for Greg Hall to save.
Nantwich got their first chance off the game from a quick corner routine that found Jimmy Lawrie outside the box, however he couldn’t keep his effort down as it went over the bar.
Nantwich then took the lead on the 10th minute, a Casper Hughes throw in found Sean Cooke outside the box and his delicate cross towards the back post was there for Joe Malkin to head down towards Joe Mwasile with the easiest of finishes.
Nantwich now with the lead started exerting their dominance on the game, after good work in the midfield the ball came out to Matty Devine on the left, his cross was blocked with the ball falling to Matt Bell, whose shot was deflected out for a corner.
From the resulting corner, Hughes cleverly played the ball in towards Sean Cooke on the edge but could only see is effort narrowly go over the bar.
The Dabbers doubled the lead when Sean Cooke was brought down 25 yards out the box. Cooke stepped up and his free kick beat Chris Renshaw into the bottom corner.
Nantwich could have gone three up before the break when Sean Cooke won the ball on the edge of his own box, and Nantwich started a slick counter-attack. The ball came out to Jimmy Lawrie on the left of the 18 yard box and drilled it narrowly wide, but will be disappointed not to have at least got his shot on target.
Nantwich had another chance in injury time with another counter-attack, this time the ball found Sean Cooke on the edge of the box, but a bad connection on the shot could only see it drag wide.
Witton Albion made a change at half time with Ryan O’Hare coming on for James Murray.
Nantwich had the first chance of the second half when neat play between Mwasile and Hughes left Hughes with a chance to shoot on the edge of the box, but it went high and wide.
Caspar Hughes gave a free kick away in the defensive right-hand corner, and was booked for his misdemeanour. Danny McKenna’s free kick found Liam Goulding who could only direct it towards a crowd of Nantwich bodies near the goal line with Lawrie on hand to make the importance clearance in the aftermath.
Good work from Joe Mwasile blocked a Witton clearance with the ball falling for Sean Cooke who laid a good ball to Matt Bell, only for his left footed shot to go wide.
The Dabbers went further ahead, after good work down the right hand side. Caspar Hughes but in a great cross to the back post where Mwasile was on hand to finish from a tight angle to make it 3-0.
Will Saxon came on for Joe Mwasile to a standing ovation from the Dabbers faithful.
Things got worse for Witton Albion, when sub Ryan O’Hare was giving his marching orders after a second bookable offence for a strong tackle on Sean Cooke.
As the game was heading to a conclusion Nantwich made their final two subs with Troy Bourne replacing Ben Harrison for his first appearance and Luke Walsh replacing Joe Malkin.
Nantwich could have gone four up late on in the game, with two of the subs involved. A Witton corner was cleared by Nantwich and it led to a 3-on-3 situation, after Cooke played in Walsh, his cross found Saxon for what surely was going to be a tap in, however the assistant wasted no time in raising his flag for offside.
With the full-tme whistle sounding in South Cheshire the Dabbers made it 3 wins out of 3 to maintain the perfect start. The Dabbers are back on the road next Saturday to play Atherton Collieries, old friends from our North West Counties days.
Referee: Paul Stonier
Assistant Referees: Joshua Howell and Jamie Kilgannon
Nantwich Town: 1. Hall, 2. Hughes ©, 3. Devine, 4. Davis, 5. Langley, 6. Harrison (14. Bourne – 77’), 7. Mwasile (12. Saxon – 69’), 8. Bell, 9. Malkin (16. Walsh – 81’), 10. Cooke, 11. Lawrie
12. Webb, 17. Boyle
Mwasile (10’, 63’), Cooke (35’)
Witton Albion: 1. Renshaw, 2. Lingouba (14. Sorensen – 86’), 3. Short, 4. Wardle ©, 5. Anson, 6. Goulding, 7. McKenna, 8. Smart, 9. Hawley (16. Hassan – 75’), 10. Jones, 11. Murray (12. O’Hare – 46’).
McKenna, Smart, Jones, Murray, O’Hare
O’Hare (Second Booking – 69’)