Nantwich Town’s fine FA Cup run was narrowly ended in a tight 1st round clash by AFC Fylde, two leagues above.

The Dabbers performed well in front of packed crowd of more than 1,500 at Weaver Stadium, and were unlucky to lose by a single goal.

The winner from Ryab Croasdale came a minute before the break and had a large stroke fortune to it.

Williams led a counter-attack from a Dabbers free kick and squared it across the edge of the box.

Croasdale latched on to it but scuffed his shot which ballooned up in the air and looped over Hall in the Nantwich net.

It was an even first half with Nantwich pressing and posing a threat through Luke Walsh and Joe Malkin.

Fylde also posed problems for the home defence, with former Dabber Matty Kosylo missing a fine opening on 27 minutes.

Walsh almost levelled a minute after Fylde’s goal, dribbling into the box and firing just wide into the side netting.

Pre-match - official FA Cup match-ball - programme - plus FA Cup Trophy (1)

Pre-match – official FA Cup match-ball – programme – plus FA Cup

After the break, Sean Cooke began to stamp his influence in midfield, and fired a couple of sighters over the bar as the home side pressed for an equaliser.

He went closest on 70 minutes when he broke down the right, but his dangerous cross was well gathered by Lavercombe in the Fylde goal with attackers lurking.

Centre half Ben Harrison had strong claims for a penalty waved away after his powerful run into the nox on 78 minutes ended with him going down.

Then on 81 minutes, perhaps Nantwich’s best chance to level was spurned by Malkin as he had a clear shot in the box but blazed over.

One final effort in injury time almost paid off when Schousboe stretched to get a header on goal, but it was claimed comfortably by Lavercombe in Fylde’s goal.

A fine cup run ended but the Dabbers can be proud of their efforts, taking a National League side all the way.

(Images courtesy of Jonathan White)

Pre-match - match officals and club captains (1)

First-half - Nantwich Town fans get behind their team (1)

First-half – Nantwich Town fans get behind their team

First-half - Dabbers captain Caspar Hughes fights for the ball (1)

First-half – Dabbers captain Caspar Hughes fights for the ball

First-half - AFC Fylde goal - scuffed shot by Ryan Croasdale hits the crossbar then spins into the Dabbers goal (1)

First-half – AFC Fylde goal – scuffed shot by Ryan Croasdale

Second-half - AFC Fylde keeper Lavercombe collects the ball (1)

Second-half – AFC Fylde keeper Lavercombe collects the ball

Second-half - Ben Harrison crosses the ball (1)

Second-half – Ben Harrison crosses the ball

Second-half - Clayton Mcdonald kindly fends for an opposition player (1)

Second-half – Clayton Mcdonald tends to an opposition player

Second-half - Ben Harrison moves forwards under pressure (1)

Second-half – Ben Harrison moves forwards under pressure

Full-time - Nantwich Town FC Manager Dave Cooke thanks the fans for their support (1)

Full-time – Nantwich Town FC Manager Dave Cooke thanks the fans

Full-time - AFC Fylde Manager Jim Bentley talks to BT Sport (1)

Full-time – AFC Fylde Manager Jim Bentley talks to BT Sport

Full-time - Nantwich Town FC Manager Dave Cooke is interviewed by the media (1)

Dave Cooke is interviewed by the media

2 Comments

  1. Enjoyed the day but it was spoiled by a ludicrous bar situation. 25 minutes wait to be served meant missing a large chunk of the match. Shame but not the first time this has happened.

  2. Good cup run lads.

    Just came up a bit short on the day.

    Now let’s push on up the league.

    Hope to see some of the fans who turned up just for cup,at our league games,trust me we can play a lot better than we did on Saturday.

    Up the Dabbers

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