Article: Adam Bateman
Nantwich were looking to follow up their fantastic result over Morpeth, as they took on a Warrington side looking to bounce back into a bit of form themselves, so both sides had something to gain from this game.
It didn’t take too long to see which side was in the ascendancy, and it was the home side, who right from the kick off, looked to assert their dominancy, and Josh Amis the captain for Warrington had a header that went just over Matthew Gould’s bar, in just the first few seconds of the game.
That set the tone for the rest of the half, as a rash early foul by Troy Bourne for Nantwich, resulted in him picking up a yellow card. From the resulting free-kick Sean Williams, put in the cross, and very unfortunately, Matty Divine put the ball into his own net, in just the fourth minute of the game.
From there, it was a case of back to the walls, as this gave the home side the impetus that they needed, and they attacked in waves, it was very much a case of attack v defence for the rest of the first half. Jordan Buckley, Stefan Mols, all tested Gould, and thankfully for the travelling Dabbers support, Gould was in fine form, stopping numerous close range chances, and producing four very good saves to stop Warrington from doubling their lead.
The only rest-bite for Nantwich, came in the shape of a Sean Cooke chance in injury time of the first half, that Dan Atherton in the home goal, saved relatively easily.
As the whistle for half time went, the stats were very much in Warrington’s favour, with them having 8 chances, whilst the Dabbers had just that singular late Cooke shot.
The second half had to be better for the away side, and thankfully it did, as first of all there was a penalty claim after just two minutes into it, but sadly that was turned down by Mr. Alan Bennett, the referee on the night. Sean Cooke had another shot from a fair way out, that was just about saved by Atherton, from there though, the game turned, and not in a good way for Nantwich sadly, as first of all after a good move Gould palms a close range shot onto the inside of the post, before it rebounds into his hands, then Warrington doubled their lead. A good through ball finds Jordan Buckley, who holds off his defender, then he shot across Gould, and into the net, to the sounds of the home support in rapturous applause.That just about made the game safe, and took away any real chance Nantwich had of getting anything out of this game.
After the goal, there was a further chance for Warrington, to really ram home their advantage, as Williams again, a chief tormentor of the Nantwich defence, saw his very powerful shot headed away off of the goal-line. Nantwich had a brief few moments of joy, as Ethan Mitchell has a shot that almost woke the away fans up, as it hit the side netting, rather than the inside of the post.
Then Connor Heath, who was a bright spark in what was otherwise a bit of a miserable evening, had a shot that was well saved by Atherton. Further chances came and went for both sides, until in injury time, Heath found himself free in the area, to score, to pull one back for Nantwich, but soon after that, the game was over, and the three points went to the away side.
Next up for Nantwich is Buxton at home on Saturday 12th February at home, all are welcome to come and show their support in that game.