Nantwich were looking to bounce back from defeat to Whitby at home to Matlock Town, and to get back to winning ways in front of the Dabbers faithful at the Optimum Pay Stadium.

It was a frenetic start with both sides looking to open the scoring, as both sides had opportunities to score the first and crucial goal.

Callum Saunders who was looking very lively right from the off, looked to catch the Matlock goalkeeper unawares, but he was able to deal with the cross come shot, and manages to push it away for a corner.

Then another chance for Nantwich, and it was a really good one, Saunders again, who Matlock were struggling to contain, cut in from the left hand side, played a wonderful pass to Cooke, who then produced a wonderful cross, for an unmarked Miller, to head it straight at the opposition goalkeeper, it is one that he will be thinking he could have done a bit better, as either side, and it would surely have been a goal, and a great confidence booster for him and the crowd.

That missed opportunity seemed to galvanise the visitors, as a few minutes later from a corner, they had their own chance to take the lead, but Kendall thankfully headed straight at Cameron Terry.

After this splurge of chances for both sides, the game was a lot more even, with the defences of both sides, coming out on top, with chances not as frequent as before.

There were a few chances however with Wiles for Matlock and Tommy Montefiori for the home side looking to break the deadlock before half time, but both were unable to do so, and at the break it remained goalless.

As the second half kicked off with both sides unchanged, there was almost a goal of the season candidate from Saunders, who was having a good game, whereby he almost opened the scoring but his shot just went wide of the Matlock goal.

Sadly from there though, the game took a turn for the worse from the home sides perspective, as Matlock took the lead after a period of midfield dominance from both sides.

Wiles who found himself free on the wing, put in a good cross and Kendall at the far post headed it past Cameron Terry to give Matlock a bit of a surprising lead.

Nantwich looked to try to recover from this setback, but just couldn’t find that last crucial pass to test the goalkeeper.

Matlock were at this point having more of the ball, and were looking to slow the game down, and they even had other chances to extend their lead, through Byrne, and a good free-kick from Bryce that Terry did brilliantly to tip over the bar.

From there, the game sadly just wound down, and Nantwich were not able to get back into the game, and Matlock came away with the full three points, sadly for the home side their early efforts were not quite rewarded with the scoreline.

Next up is Bamber Bridge, where the Dabbers will look to change their fortunes, and to pick up three points.