Our December Community Football round-up is now complete. Thanks to all contributors as always and wishing all Nantwich Town teams a successful 2020!
Match Report for Under 17’s vs Biddulph Gladiators (Home)
The U17s are starting to hit their stride and added another win to their recent brilliant run by seeing off Biddulph by 6 goals to nil. As soon as the game started the extra fitness, pace, strength and technical ability that the Nantwich lads had was clear to see as some brilliant final third play from Luke and Kyle resulted in a peach of a cross by Kyle across the 6 yard box that Kamil couldn’t quite latch onto.
A few minutes later it was Kamil who got his customary goal as he tried his luck from 25 yards and found the far corner with a lovely curled effort. Strike partner Luke Brett notched his second goal in as many games a few moments later and Nantwich were fully settled into a rhythm. Kyle added a third on a day where he probably could have had 2 or 3 goal himself from right wing back. At this point Nantwich were showboating with lovely possession football all over the pitch on display. Billy reacted to a heavy challenge put in on him by striking a loose ball from the resulting free kick into the bottom right corner from outside the box. A trademark Billy goal.
Ben was back in the side for the first time since an getting an ankle injury he picked up in September. He marked his return with the final 2 goals of the game, the first a cross into the area that beat everyone and dropped into the far corner. The second was finished from inside the area and although the keeper did very well to get contact on it, it wasn’t enough to deny Ben a brace. Another fantastic performance as we go into 3 massive cup games in 3 weeks.
Nantwich Town Under 10 Yellows continued their impressive form with another win today, their 10th in 11 games.
The match started well, with Zac scoring with less than a minute on the clock for the second time in a row.
Despite being in competition with his strike partner for top goal scorer , Zac then selflessly set up Izaak for the second goal on 10 minutes. Cheshire Blade Raptors did well to keep themselves in the game and produced some good football themselves, sadly for them they found a defence and goalkeeper on top form and there was no way through. A second clean sheet in a row will no doubt please Andy O’Neill as much as anything today.
Izaak got the Yellow’s third goal on 24 minutes, a period of the game that he obviously enjoys as this is the third time this season he has scored at that point.
After that the Yellows took total control of the game and George made a couple of forays forward into the opposition half, the second resulting in him setting up Zac for his second and the Yellows fourth on 28 minutes.
The 4-0 scoreline accurately reflected the game, with Nantwich never looking in any danger of losing once they had gone ahead.
George was Man of The Match for his impressive defensive performance and for adding to the teams potency in attack.
The impressive record for the Yellows this season now stands at played 11, won 10 and drawn 1 with 46 goals scored and 12 conceded.
Nantwich Town U16s
The U16s played Milton United AFC in the 2nd round of the Sentinel Shield at Milton – it’s the first time the U16s ever played them, so we didn’t know much about them other than they won the North Staffs U15’s league last season & have made a really good start this season.
The game was played in difficult conditions with the wind blowing from one end of the pitch to the other & we were against it first half.
Milton made a positive start gaining a large chunk of territory in the first 15 mins or so, but we grew into the game & started to create some really good chances. On the 26th minute we didn’t really deal with a ball over the top & Milton eventually took the lead from it – 0-1.
We continued to create opportunities & in the 41st minute Matty played the ball into Oliver who hit a shot from left to right from approx 20 yards out & the ball screamed into the top corner – 1-1.
After looking like we would go in drawing, in added time 43rd min, we conceded a penalty & the Milton penalty taker dispatched it into the roof of the net 1-2 at half time.
We started the 2nd half really brightly & we were soon on level terms from a penalty of our own – Thomas coolly scored it in the 45th minute. We continued to create chances, but it wasn’t until the 71st minute we converted one – Bran never gave up it wide on the right & delivered a superb low cross into the box & Oliver slid in to score his 2nd & make the score 3-2. We then gained another penalty after a foul on Oliver, & once again, Thomas coolly slotted it away to make the score 4-2 – that’s how the game ended.
Another good performance with everyone contributing – well done all.
Under 10 Yellows
Nantwich Town Under 10 Yellows won again this month, 3-0 against Crewe Athletic Cubs.
In a strangely subdued performance, the Yellows still had too much power and class which ultimately shone through.
It was a cagey first ten minutes, with both sides feeling their way in to the game. Crewe having good possession without ever really seeming to carry the potency to turn it in to goals.
Nantwich, on the other hand, always looked threatening once they found their way in to the game and took the lead on 13 minutes when a quick break by Zac saw him draw the keeper, then feed Izaak who only needed to shoot in to an empty net.
The game remained in the balance for the rest of the half and for the first few minutes of the second, until Zac calmed the fans’ nerves on 24 minutes with a well taken second for the Yellows.
After that the Yellows passed the ball around well and, bar a few breakaways from Crewe that were well dealt with by George and Dylan in defence, never looked in danger of giving up the lead they had made.
The Yellows continued to push forward with menace and Izaak rattled the post on 27 minutes, only to be outdone by Joey on 38 minutes with his own goal of the season contender. Seeing the keeper out of position and in centre midfield himself, that didn’t stop him sending a speculative, audacious effort towards goal that had too much on it for the keeper to deal with. 3-0 and game over.
Man of the Match went to Joey, 3 clean sheets in a row were recorded by the team and the Yellows now have 49 goals for the season.
Under 10 Yellows
Nantwich Town Under 10 Yellows signed off 2019 in style this afternoon with a 7-0 victory over the Crewe Arrows.
The game was played 9 a side which made space at a premium, and it took Nantwich 16 minutes of sustained pressure before they took the lead, Joey firing the first of the day and the boys fiftieth of the season.
In an unusually long first half, Zac scored a penalty on 20 minutes to make it 2-0, then his second and Nantwich’s third in the fourth minute of added time to send Nantwich in at half time with a healthy 3-0 lead.
Nantwich controlled the second half much like the first, with further goals coming from Izaak (28) , Joey (34 &36 for his first hat-trick) and an unfortunate own goal adding the misery for the Crewe Allstars.
In other notes from the game this is the fourth clean sheet in a row for Nantwich, and Louis in goal only had to make one save during the game.
Riley was Man of the Match, just reward for his industry throughout the game. He was unlucky not to be on the scoresheet and had several fine efforts on goal.
Surely there will be tougher tests for the boys in 2020, with their 2019 record reading played 13, won 12 and drawn 1 with 56 goals scored and 12 conceded. That said we are all positive that they can rise to the challenge ahead and carry on their excellent form, as a team they can only get better.