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Nantwich Town
L Shotton (41'), J Hancock (56')
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Tue 12 Apr 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 235

Tinnion and McGee graft no enough to overcome the Dabbers

“We are just a shadow of our former selves,” was assistant manager David Hewson’s post match response following another inept showing from Reds ...

... as their promotion dream continues to disintegrate.

“The lack of desire and determination is hurting me and it is tough to take when there are no positives emerging from the game,” he added.

The end of the season cannot come soon enough for a squad who have watched the wheels come off the wagon in recent weeks yet, somehow, remain in contention. Hard to believe after suffering back-to-back league defeats for the first time this season, looking a spent force against a vibrant Nantwich team.

If the campaign had ended a month ago, we would have been lauding the players for a magnificent effort but a raft of injuries, and an obvious loss of form, means they now have to find three wins from somewhere and hope others, Ashton United and Stourbridge, falter.

An unlikely scenario and better to start planning for next season now and improving a squad which just wasn’t good enough this time.
Their build-up play was often neat and tidy but lacked a cutting edge in the final third and Nantwich’s Hungarian ‘keeper, Daniel Gyollai, enjoyed a trouble-free evening.

Matty Tymon failed to apply the finish after a good passing move created the opportunity and Rob Wilson shot wide after more good approach play. Scott Allison fell over and blazed wide, after being released by Tymon, then saw a goal-bound shot blocked while the outstanding Conor Tinnion couldn’t find the target with his less favoured right foot after his trademark body swerve left his marker in a heap.

All half chances which might have produced goals a few weeks ago, but not now with confidence at a low ebb.

The hosts, in contrast, looked much more potent and there was danger every they time ventured forward.

Liam Shotton got behind May through pure strength but watched his shot saved by Jonny Jamieson’s legs then saw a second effort narrowly miss the target. Jake Simpson cleared a Josh Hancock attempt off the line, with Jamieson smothering the follow-up shot, before Hancock sent another effort over the bar when it looked easier to score.

But they needed some suspect defending from Simpson and Jamieson to help with their opening goal five minutes before the interval. A diagonal ball should have been dealt with either by Reds’ ever present right-back or the ‘keeper but a moment’s hesitation, and a lack of communication, allowed Shotton to pick their pockets and roll the ball into an empty net.

Worryingly, it was the fifth goal in succession Reds had conceded via a comical defensive malfunction.

There was no doubt about the quality of the Dabbers second goal which effectively secured the points eleven minutes after the restart. Receiving the ball with his back to goal, Hancock turned swiftly and powered a thumping right foot shot past Jamieson from twenty five yards.

Hancock, nominated the sponsors’ man-of-the-match, almost made it three a minute later placing his shot just wide of Jamieson’s right hand post.

We then saw a tremendous effort from James Baillie with the thirty yard screamer clearing Jamieson’s crossbar by a matter of inches.

At the other end, Tymon blocked a Gyollai clearance only for the ball to cannon wide instead of into the net – typical of Reds luck at the moment. Then Allison headed meekly over after Simpson’s long throw created a rare opening. Josh Calvert shot wide from Reds’ only other chance of the second half.

Tinnion, back to his best, and Joe McGee worked tirelessly for the team but lacked the very basic support from their out-of-touch colleagues.

There was a moment to savour for Jamie Bethwaite (inset) who, after several unused stints on the bench, finally made his NPL debut. The defender impressed in the final twenty five minutes, epitomised by a brave goal-saving tackle on Ben Harrison preventing a certain third Town goal.

Reds are now four points behind Ashton United whom they visit on Saturday.

Nantwich Town: Gyollai, Jones, White (Cooke, 59), Moran, Bailey, Osborne (Bell, 61), Baillie, Hall, Shotton (Harrison, 88), Gordon, Hancock. Substitutes – Smith, Short (not used).

Workington: Jamieson, Simpson, Smith, May, Calvert, Wilson (Bethwaite, 68), McGee, Hammell (Hebson, 59), Allison, Tymon, Tinnion. Substitutes – McCartney, Studholme and Mitchell (not used).

Referee: Peter Gooch, Wigan

Bookings: Calvert, Hebson, McGee (Workington)

Attendance: 235

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Key moments

Goal Liam Shotton scores for Nantwich Town
Goal Josh Hancock scores for Nantwich Town

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Joe McGee is awarded player of the match for Workington
90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Robbie Hebson is yellow carded for Workington
89:00 Yellow Card
Joe McGee is yellow carded for Workington
88:00 Sub Off
Liam Shotton is substituted off for Nantwich Town
88:00 Sub On
Ben Harrison is substituted on for Nantwich Town
70:00 Yellow Card
Joshua Calvert is yellow carded for Workington
68:00 Sub On
Jamie Bethwaite is substituted on for Workington
68:00 Sub Off
Robert Wilson is substituted off for Workington
61:00 Sub Off
Elliot Osborne is substituted off for Nantwich Town
61:00 Sub On
Matt Bell is substituted on for Nantwich Town
60:00 Sub Off
Connor Hammell is substituted off for Workington
60:00 Sub On
Robbie Hebson is substituted on for Workington
56:00 Goal 2 - 0
Josh Hancock scores for Nantwich Town
End of period 1
41:00 Goal 1 - 0
Liam Shotton scores for Nantwich Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Nantwich Town
  • Workington
  • 0
  • Liam Shotton Goal 41:00'
  • Josh Hancock Goal 56:00'
  • Connor Hammell Sub Off 60:00'
  • Robbie Hebson Sub On 60:00'
  • Elliot Osborne Sub Off 61:00'
  • Matt Bell Sub On 61:00'
  • Robert Wilson Sub Off 68:00'
  • Jamie Bethwaite Sub On 68:00'
  • Joshua Calvert Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Liam Shotton Sub Off 88:00'
  • Ben Harrison Sub On 88:00'
  • Joe McGee Yellow Card 89:00'
  • Robbie Hebson Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Jamieson, Jonny Jamieson, Jonny
Simpson, Jake Simpson, Jake
Smith, Sam Smith, Sam
Allison, Scott Allison, Scott
May, Kyle May, Kyle
Calvert, Joshua Calvert, Joshua
Wilson, Robert Wilson, Robert
Hammell, Connor Hammell, Connor
Tymon, Matty Tymon, Matty
Tinnion, Conor Tinnion, Conor
McGee, Joe McGee, Joe
Nantwich Town
  • 1. Daniel Gyollai
  • 2. Curtis Jones
  • 3. Andy White
  • 4. Jon Moran
  • 5. Mat Bailey
  • 6. Elliot Osborne
  • 7. James Ballie
  • 8. Sam Hall
  • 9. Liam Shotton
  • 10. Josh Gordon
  • 11. Josh Hancock
  • 17. Terry Smith
  • 16. Lewis Short
  • 15. Matt Bell
  • 14. Ben Harrison
  • 12. Sean Cooke

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Darlington 1883 46 104
2. Blyth Spartans 46 99
3. Salford City 46 90
4. Ashton United 46 87
5. Workington 46 86
6. Stourbridge 46 84
7. Frickley Athletic 46 77

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