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By James Briscoe
A solitary goal from a Harry Clayton penalty gave Darren Moss-led Nantwich Town a second league win in a row.

The Dabbers secured a narrow 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Eastwood Town.

Clayton, on a second one-month loan from Crewe Alexandra and brother of The Railwaymen’s Max Clayton, dispatched his penalty in to the middle of Eastwood Town goalkeeper Alex Malong’s net in the 56th minute when PJ Hudson was tripped in the area.

After a first half in which Dabbers dominated possession but the Badgers had the best chances, the hosts looked determined to capitalise on their dominance as soon as the second half began and this led to Clayton’s goal.

Eastwood had real problems in the first 45 minutes dealing with attacks down their right with full back Daniel Roberts struggling to keep close to Nantwich’s PJ Hudson at left wing.

Hudson and team-mate Chris Bailey constantly found space on their flank which Caspar Hughes in the Nantwich midfield made the most of with several cross-field balls leading to crossing chances.

Despite Hudson often having the freedom of the Weaver Stadium pitch though, he regularly failed to find the head of ex-Maine Road FC striker Tom Bentham who previously scored against Witton Easter Monday.

In the 40th minute though, after Nantwich’s attacks had become increasingly tame, the ball fell to Eastwood Town’s Dominic Allen barely six yards out but his shot was deflected away by Jon Brain.

The ball bounced kindly at fellow forward Romaine Graham’s feet, who inexplicably fired over.

At 1-0 Nantwich’s comfort in possession really came to the fore.

However their profligacy meant they did not score as many as they would have liked against an Eastwood side who lie bottom of the Evo-Stik League Northern Premier.

Nantwich: Brain; Cole, Bailey, Raglan (c), Dicker; Maguire, Hughes, Guest, Clayton, Hudson (Lane 67); Bentham (Wilson 72). Subs: Ringstead, Foster, Devenney.

 

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