SUPER SUB SAUNDERS SHINES FOR NANTWICH

Nantwich town hosted their first home, pre-season friendly against League One side Crewe Alexandra Football Club. 

Dave Cooke’s side started fiercely with an attack within the first minute of the game, which due to miscommunication between the Crewe defender and keeper, nearly ended up in the back of the net. 

Nantwich Town showed they would be a tough opponent to break down straight from the off, Crewe had a couple of opportunities in the 15 minutes but they were wasted. Nantwich had their share of chances but equally could not find the back of the net. 

The first goal came against the run of play when Daniel Powell played a searching ball in for Crewe, Langley misread it and managed to find his own net instead of clearing it. After this the dabbers looked strong creating a couple of chances with Lawrie getting caught offside. 

The dabbers equalised as Luke Walsh picked up a loose ball, played it to Malkin who kept his head up and put it to the right of Richards, the Crewe keeper.

Dave Cooke used the interval as a time to refresh a few players and Saunders, Heath and Harrison came on for Malkin, Walsh and Langley.

Saunders started promisingly ensuring he was on the counter attack, with a promising chance that rolled right of the post. Minutes later Saunders was again picked out with a through ball and this time he made sure he found the net. The Dabbers took the lead for the first time in the game on the 52nd minute.

From the restart Tommy Lowery played it through to Owen Dale who scuffed the shot and it rolled into the arms of Greg Hall. At 57 minutes Callum Saunders proved he was hungry to add to his tally and with another through ball played to him, hit the ball and found the net once more. 

The Dabbers had control of the game at 3 – 1 and looked comfortable in possession passing it around their opponents and controlling the pace of the game. Nantwich Town made a further two substitutions as Sam Jones and Luke Walsh came on for David Webb and Sean Cooke.

Hall proved why he was in goal for this game with a couple of good saves, coming out of his box to pick up a stray ball, got caught under pressure but kept his cool as he knocked it around the oncoming Crewe attacker with his feet.

Crewe took possession of the ball and tried to slow the game down to their pace but unfortunately it back fired as Heath won the ball, slotted it through to Saunders who hit it home to mark his hat-trick. Saunders showed he wanted to increase his goals with every ball perfectly weighted to him from Heath but didn’t manage to find the net against his former club again. 

In the last few minutes of the game another piece of bad luck shone down on the Dabbers when Crewe whipped in a corner, as Crewe fired it at goal it got deflected and landed perfectly on the boot of Eddie Nolan who lobbed the defence and the keeper to give the final score of 4 – 2.