Two against Rushall - Sean Cooke, Nantwich Town (pic by Simon J Newbury) sent off at Buxton

By Ashley Houghton
Sean Cooke’s 88th minute cracker secured Nantwich Town’s return to winning ways in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

Jimmy Quinn’s men beat Kendal Town 1-0 at Parkside Lane last night.

And a much improved Nantwich performance from Saturday’s home defeat to Grantham Town has restored confidence ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chorley in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round.

Quinn made four changes to the side that lost on Saturday with Zack Foster, Chris Flynn, Niall Maguire and Matt Lowe all returning to the starting XI.

The Dabbers opted with Mat Bailey as a lone striker as Kyle Wilson is set to miss three weeks with a hamstring strain.

The hosts were quicker out of the blocks and went close when skipper Alex Taylor headed Scott Harries’ cross over.

Nantwich failed to create any clear openings in the first-half and worked hard to ensure they didn’t concede with Jonny Brain pulling off a good save from a Jack Duggan header.

The Cumbrians were constantly thwarted by the impressive Darren Moss and Rod McDonald and were restricted to just long range efforts with Kevin Leadbetter forcing simple saves from Brain.

Brain was called into action on 70 minutes as substitute Josh Kenworthy struck his 20-yard free-kick well through a number of bodies but the ex- Port Vale stopper was equal to the task.

The Dabbers winner came two minutes from time as Lewis Short broke down the left and saw his cross cleared by Duggan.

It fell to Cooke who’s sweetly struck 25-yarder left Craig Dootson in the Kendal goal with no chance.

Nantwich travel to Chorley on Saturday and those fans who cannot make the game can listen live on from 2.30pm.

(pic courtesy of Simon J Newbury Photography)

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