First Nantwich goal - header from Joe Malkin

Nantwich Town continued their pre-season campaign with an entertaining 2-2 draw at Sandbach United.

But the Dabbers defence will be kicking themselves after letting a 2-0 lead slip against the lower league opponents at the Weaver Stadium.

Joe Malkin headed Nantwich in front on 19 minutes after a well-worked move, and both sides had chances before the break to add to the scoring.

The Dabbers made it 2-0 just four minutes after the restart when Malkin robbed a Sandbach defender of possession inside his own box and fed Steve Jones who couldn’t miss.

But on 59 minutes the visitors began their fightback when a cross from the left by Knight found substitute Derryn Ofori who headed low into the corner past Jaaskelainen.

It gave Sandbach impetus and they began to pressure, paying off just five minutes later with the leveller.

Skolarzynski lost possession and despite a save from Jaaskelainen, the rebound was turned in.

v Sandbach United - Danny Glover challenges for the ball (2)

Both teams had chances in the remaining 20 minutes but settled for a draw.

Nantwich Town will open the new 2018/19 Evo-Stik Northern Premier League campaign at home to Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday August 18.

The Dabbers also face early games against Buxton away and Lancaster City following before a Bank Holiday away tie with Witton Albion.

The festive period sees a trip to Stafford Rangers on Boxing Day with Witton visiting the Weaver on New Years Day. The final game of the season sees a trip to newly promoted Basford United.

Nantwich full league fixture list:

Saturday 18th – Gainsborough Trinity [H]
Tuesday 21st – Buxton [A]
Saturday 25th – Lancaster City [H]
Monday 27th – Witton Albion [A]

Saturday 1st – South Shields [A]
Tuesday 4th – Hyde United [H]
Saturday 8th – FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Tuesday 11th – Marine [A]
Saturday 15th – Whitby Town [H]
Saturday 22nd – FA Cup Second Qualifying Round
Tuesday 25th – Warrington Town [H]
Saturday 29th – Scarborough Athletic [A]

Tuesday 2nd – Stalybridge Celtic [A]
Saturday 6th – Farsley Celtic [H]
Tuesday 9th – Hednesford Town [H]
Saturday 13th – Mickleover Sports [A]
Tuesday 16th – Grantham Town [A]
Saturday 20th – Workington [H]
Saturday 27th – FA Trophy First Qualifying Round

Saturday 3rd – Matlock Town [H]
Saturday 10th – FA Cup First Round
Saturday 17th – Bamber Bridge [A]
Saturday 24th – Marine [H]

Saturday 1st – Whitby Town [A]
Saturday 8th – South Shields [H]
Saturday 15th – Hyde United [A]
Saturday 22nd – Basford United [H]
Wednesday 26th – Stafford Rangers [A]

Tuesday 1st – Witton Albion [H]
Saturday 5th – Gainsborough Trinity [A]
Saturday 12th – North Ferriby Utd [A]
Saturday 19th – Buxton [H]
Saturday 26th – Matlock Town [A]

Saturday 2nd – Bamber Bridge [H]
Saturday 9th – Farsley Celtic [A]
Saturday 16th – Scarborough Athletic [H]
Saturday 23rd – Warrington Town [A]

Saturday 2nd – Stalybridge Celtic [H]
Saturday 16th – Hednesford Town [A]
Saturday 23rd – Grantham Town [H]
Saturday 30th – Workington [A]

Saturday 6th – Mickleover Sports [H]
Saturday 13th – North Ferriby United [H]
Saturday 20th – Lancaster City [A]
Monday 22nd – Stafford Rangers [H]
Saturday 27th – Basford United [A]

All fixtures are subject to change.

(Pics courtesy of Jonathan White)

Steve Jones eyes the ball (2) (1)

Nathan Cotterall is held back by a Sandbach United player

Keaton Webby clears the ball for Sandbach United

Joe Mwasile challenges for the ball (2)

Joe Malkin climbs high to head the ball

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