Nantwich Town secured their place in the First Round of the Emirates FA Cup for only the third time in the club’s history after a 1-0 win over King’s Lynn Town.
Troy Bourne’s first ever goal for Nantwich late in the first half was enough to see the Dabbers progress after a professional and controlled display by David Cooke’s side.
After a disappointing defeat at home to Radcliffe last week, manager Cooke made four changes for the tie. Matt Bell, Sean Cooke, Luke Walsh and Joe Davis all made way as Troy Bourne, Valdemar Schousboe, David Webb and Ben Harrison came into the side.
In a massive improvement from the previous week in a new formation with the changed team, Nantwich dominated much of the proceedings in the first half.
However, the first big chance of the game fell to the prolific King’s Lynn striker Adam Marriott; as he volleyed a close-range effort against the post after less than ten minutes.
The Dabbers controlled much of the attacking proceedings for the next 15 minutes, with Joe Malkin, Ben Harrison and Valdemar Schousboe all finding great chances.
Malkin won the ball up field and curled an effort inches wide from outside the area, before Harrison headed narrowly wide from a corner five minutes later. Schousboe had been a nuisance in the first 15 minutes, and he had a header tipped over the bar after 17 minutes.
Nantwich felt they should’ve had a penalty in the 26th minute when Matty Devine was knocked down off the ball, but the referee wasn’t interested and Michael Gash nearly capitalised from the counter, beating the offside trap, only to be denied by Gregory Hall who caught the chip in acrobatic style.
Joel Stair headed a free effort wide from a corner, and it began to feel like Nantwich were going to regret the missed opportunities.
However, a minute later, a long ball into the box by James Lawrie went over Malkin but fell to Troy Bourne who slid the ball home at the far post.
Schousboe nearly doubled Nantwich’s lead just before half time after a low ball into the box by Devine, but his close-range effort was blocked on the line.
Nantwich started the second half positively and had another penalty shout waved away by referee Dean Watson, as Casper Hughes’ effort appeared to strike the arm of a defender.
The Dabbers continued to press for a second, and David Webb fired inches over in the 49th minute after the ball fell to him after Malkin had scuffed an effort in the box.
Webb came even closer in the 61st minute as he fired a great effort across goal, but his effort came back off the bar.
The balance of the game moved towards the visitors for the remaining 20 minutes, as they piled on the pressure in an attempt to equalise.
They thought they had done, as Chris Henderson headed it in on 70th minutes, but the flag was up for offside.
Substitute Nathan Stewart had his effort tipped over the bar by Hall in the third minute of added time, in the last attempt as Nantwich held out for victory.