Nantwich Condemn Coalville To First Defeat Of The Year
The Dabbers put in an impressive performance to deservedly leave the Mander Cruickshank Stadium with all three points.
After an unbeaten January in all competitions, the Ravens began February in the worst possible way as they were played off the park by a far superior Nantwich side.
Zero changes were made to the side that were unlucky not to get more than a 2-2 draw at Buxton last week.
It was a strong start from the Dabbers, who took the lead within the first 10 minutes. Courtney Wildin whipped an inviting cross into Sean Cooke at the back post, who nodded home with ease from close range.
The goal frame on either side of the pitch then prevented a further two early goals. In the 17th minute Tom McGlinchey worked space for a shot on the edge of the box, curling a left footed effort onto the bar. Harry Clayton then smacked a half volley against the post at the other end via a Danny Jenno deflection just minutes later.
The visitors created another huge chance to extend the lead in the 25th minute. Joe Mwasile broke through the Ravens defence and rounded Matthew Coton, however his touch took him to far wide, with his attempted cutback cleared by Lee Torr.
Nantwich’s control continued as Cooke found himself in a good position inside the area, but could only muster a tame shot which was scooped up by Coton.
The visitors then put themselves firmly in control on the brink of half time. Cooke’s free kick on the left flank was headed back across goal for David Forbes to scramble home.
The hosts suffered a major setback just before the break as Nathan Watson pulled up injured, bringing an early end to the Ravens wingers’ game.
The balance of play showed no signs of shifting in the second half, with Cooke dragging a shot wide and Coton denying Clayton from close range after a scramble in the box following a corner.
Coalville had the chance to pave a way back into the game after 62 minutes when Anthony Carney, brought on to replace Watson, chased Torr’s through ball. Carney was beaten to the ball by Dabbers stopper Fabian Spiess, but the keeper cleared it straight to Daniel Creaney, who failed to take advantage of Spiess being well off his line, with his first time 30 yard effort floating harmlessly over.
The contest was put beyond the reach of the Ravens in the 70th minute, and as a result of another set piece. Coton came out to claim Cooke’s corner but completely misjudged the flight of the ball, flapping at the cross before it fell to Mwasile, who tapped home.
Despite being at fault for the third goal, Coton pulled out two top draw saves in the final minutes. He first denied Forbes after Cooke picked the foraward out at the back post, instinctively pawing the ball away after a shot from 5 yards out. Wildin was then prevented from getting on the score sheet by Coton as his fierce strike was tipped over by the Ravens stopper in the 90th minute.
The scoreline could have been much worse for the hosts, with Kyle Bryant this time preventing another in injury time. The Coalville full back headed Cooke’s whipped free kick off the line, with Coton well beaten.
The result means Nantwich leapfrog Coalville in the Northern Premier League standings, and the Ravens will be seeking a much better result when they host Shaw Lane on Tuesday night.