The Dabbers lift the Inaugural Eddie Morris Memorial Trophy

Whitchurch Alport FC hosted Nantwich Town in the Inaugural Eddie Morris Memorial Trophy. The fixture will become a permanent feature in both clubs pre-season diaries as they contest for the trophy every year. 

The late Eddie Morris – a historic Dabber who’s had the cup commemorated in his honour. After his playing career ended he took up management at Whitchurch Alport FC with great success, guiding them to the Mid-Cheshire League and Shropshire Amateur Cup double in 1969/1970.

Alport were the first host of the trophy at the KMJ Mortgages Stadium. 

The game started with end to end attacks from both teams with Sean Cooke getting on the end of a clearance from Greg Hall following a Whitchurch corner in the early stages but he couldn’t make it count.

Joe Malkin had the next chance of the game after the Whitchurch keeper was caught on the outside of his box in no man’s land, Malkin managed to control the ball before being in front of an open goal, but the flag was up for offside.

Nantwich Town broke the deadlock with a ball played through to Callum Saunders who used a stylish back heel to slot it into the right of the net past the keeper just before the half hour mark. 

The Dabbers looked in control from that point on, having a few more chances before the half ended.

Alport had there best chance of the game five minutes after the second half started a loose ball that was scrambled towards the Nantwich goal, but it didn’t have enough pace on it and Hall was able to easily collect.

Connor Heath doubled the Dabbers lead shortly after coming on the pitch with a shot that sailed past the keeper.

Andrew Walklate replaced Greg Hall between the sticks for Nantwich and no sooner than he had come on, he was collecting the ball out of his own goal. Alport decided to have a shot from range to test the new keeper out and he was unable to get to it. Whitchurch Alport 1 – 2 Nantwich Town.

Walklate made up for his earlier error with a fantastic one handed save from an ambitious overhead kick in the closing minutes of the game which was turned wide.

Nantwich Town went on to finish the game and were victors in the first Eddie Morris Memorial Trophy game. 

The trophy was presented by Ex-England Cricketer and son of Eddie Morris, John Morris and his two sisters.