Article: Jack Beresford
Photographs: Jonathan White
Nantwich Town manager Dave Cooke said that his side thoroughly deserved their win after his Nantwich Town side picked up back to back wins for the first time since October 2021, as they ran out 1-0 winners at home to Whitby Town.
Dave Cooke said “The lads put a shift in, worked hard and thoroughly deserved the win”
The visitors began the game on the front foot and came close to taking the lead after just two minutes, when Harry Green drove down the left side before getting to the byline and crossing to Fewster who saw his close range effort saved by Matty Gould in the Dabbers goal. Ten minutes later Whitby came close again as Josh MacDonald got into the box before shooting low, but once again Gould was there to save well with his feet.
On-loan midfielder Akiel Raffie was having a lot of joy down the right side. On the half hour mark he beat his man and got to the byline before squaring to Dan Cockerline, but Daniel Rowe managed to get a toe to the ball before the Nantwich forward could take a strike. Moments later, The league’s top scorer Jacob Hazel managed to find Brewster with a nice knock-down before the latter first took aim from 25 yards and despite a wicked bobble, Gould got down well to save easily.
“I thought Josh Langley and Troy Bourne were immense today, we spoke about their partnership before the game. Jacob Hazel is the leading scorer in the league and I don’t think he’s had a sniff, so that’s how well they have dealt with him”.
At the break, neither side really deserved to be in the lead, the visitors had had the better chance however, they hadn’t really caused The Dabbers many issues.
After a slow start to the second period, The game shot into life when The Dabbers took the lead. Sean Cooke’s corner from the right was met by Joel Stair who saw his header bounce over Whitby keeper Shane Bland, and nestled in the back of the net to put Nantwich ahead on the hour mark.
Shortly after taking the lead, The Dabbers almost added a second when Jake Bickerstaff fired agonisingly wide of the far post from outside the area.
The visitors were really struggling to create many clear-cut chances and the Nantwich Town defence were holding firm and not letting Whitby get into dangerous positions.
The next opportunity of the game came with five minutes to go as substitute Tommy Montefiori picked up the ball on halfway before dancing through a number of Whitby tackles. He took aim when he got into the box but it was blocked as far as Dan Cockerline who saw his effort cleared away to safety.
At full time, The Dabbers had earned a valuable three points which could prove crucial in the coming months as we get into the business end of the season
“I think the side is looking a lot better now, I thought we looked a decent footballing side today against a good team. We look a lot better than we did two months ago” Dave Cooke said
Nantwich Town’s next fixture is on Saturday 12th when they host FC United of Manchester in what is another big game for the club. And manager Dave Cooke is under no illusions that it’ll be a tough game “They are another team in and around the play offs, they’ll bring a lot f fans. So bring it on, it’ll be a good game of football!”
1 Matty Gould
2 Joel Stair
3 Jamie Morgan
4 Troy Bourne
5 Josh Langley
6 Matt Bell
7 Akiel Raffie (Tommy Montefiori 77’)
8 Joe Robbins
9 Dan Cockerline
10 Sean Cooke
11 Jake Bickerstaff (Connor Heath 89’)
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1 Shane Bland
2 Soni Fergus
3 Jaseem Sukar
4 Lewis Hawkins (Jake Hackett 76’)
5 Daniel Rowe
6 Jonathan Burn
7 Josh MacDonald (Will Lancaster 65’)
8 Priestly Griffiths
9 Jacob Hazel
10 Bradley Fewster
11 Harry Green
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