A Spectacular James Lawrie double helps the Dabbers to third Pre-Season win 

The Dabbers made the short trip to The Sandbach United Community Football Centre to face Sandbach United on a sweltering summers evening. Dave Cooke was able to name a strong side in the first half, despite having quite a few injuries within their squad.

Nantwich’s new Argentinian midfielder Carlos “Thommy” Montefiori has been a real bright spark in Pre-Season and it only took him five minutes to stamp his mark on the game. A cross from the left was headed away, however it was only cleared as far as Thommy who was on the edge of the area. The Argentinian controlled the ball with his chest before volleying into the far-left corner, into the back of the net. It was an outstanding way to open the scoring and Nantwich fans should be very excited by what they have seen of Thommy in the first few games of Pre-Season.

Thirteen minutes later the hosts had their first opportunity of the game has Robbie Hatton drove into the box before teeing up Tom Williams who blazed his effort well over from just inside the area.

Sandbach we’re almost made to rue this missed opportunity as Connor Heath lined up a free kick from 25 yards but he couldn’t get enough dip on it as it clipped the top of the crossbar on its way over.

Two minutes later, The Dabbers doubled their lead. James Lawrie and Connor Heath linked up well on the edge of the box, allowing Lawrie space to fire low into the far right corner. Eric Merner in the Sandbach goal was at full stretch but he couldn’t get near it, it was an excellent finish from the former Port Vale midfielder.

In the 39th minute Lawrie doubled his goal tally for the game in spectacular fashion. He picked up the ball inside his own half, spotted Eric Merner off his line and expertly lobbed the Sandbach keeper from inside the centre circle. It was a spectacular goal from a player who had run the game in the middle of the park so far.

At half time Dave Cooke would have been delighted with his side’s performance so far, they had dominated the game so far and after scoring three brilliant goals. The scoreline was looking very comfortable.

The second half didn’t live up the quality of the first. Both sides made a lot of changes and the new players took a while to find their feet and get into the game. We had to wait until the 70th minute to see our first effort of the half, and to be fair I’m not entirely sure if it was a shot. A cross from the left from
Jack Wood missed everyone and flew over the keeper before crashing off the post and nestling in the back of the net, it was one of them “did he mean it?” Moments, However I’m sure if Jack was asked if he meant to score from that tight angle, he would certainly say he did.

The game was now all but over. With the score at 4-0 and only 6 minutes left on the clock it was a good opportunity for the Nantwich to see the game out. However, in the 85th minute the hosts won a penalty after Matty Pearson was pushed in the box by Jack Wood. Robbie Hatton stepped up for the hosts and slotted it into the bottom right corner to get his side on the scoresheet. Soon after scoring what looked like a mere consolation goal, the hosts scored a second when Callum Exquisitely timed through ball found Robbie Hatton perfectly before Hatton finished calmly as he slotted it into the bottom corner, Past Tom Scott in the Dabbers goal.

The game finished 4-2 to Nantwich Town, a spectacular first half display helped Nantwich to their third win of pre-season.

Next up for The Dabbers is Whitchurch Alport at home on Saturday in the Eddie Morris Memorial Trophy



SANDBACH UNITED: Hatton (84,89)

NANTWICH TOWN: Carlos “Thommy” Montefiori (5), James Lawrie (30, 43), Jack Wood (73)