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By Ashley Houghton
Nantwich Town made it to the FA Trophy 1st round proper with a 2-1 victory over Redditch United at the Weaver Stadium.

Christian Smith’s opener and an Aaron Stringfellow own goal gave the Dabbers a 2-0 lead before William Richards pulled one back.

Dabbers boss Jimmy Quinn made one change to the side that won at Rushall Olympic, with Kyle Wilson replacing Will Jones.

Nantwich were dominant in the early stages and went close to opening on 7 minutes when Sean Cooke latched on to Smith’s cross and forced a sharp save from James Wren.

Caspar Hughes and Wilson went close before Bailey missed a golden opportunity to give the Dabbers the lead.

Cooke took a Nantwich free-kick quickly and Bailey beat the offside trap but smashed a half volley over from eight yards.

The opener came on 21 minutes when Smith powered his way through the Redditch defence and chipped elegantly over Wren.

The visitors never really got into the game and the closest they came in the first half was Mark Danks’ 25-yard strike which went wide.

The lead was doubled on the hour mark as Rod McDonald’s flick on from Cooke’s free-kick was headed over the line by Stringfellow.

Redditch gave Nantwich a late scare when Richards prodded home after a goalmouth scramble but Quinn’s men held firm in front of 250 fans and advance to the opening round of the FA Trophy.

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