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 Post subject: Grantham match report
PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:34 pm 
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As we were a bit short on the ususal away support yesterday - here is a match report from one of the '12 disciples' -

A strong westerly wind blowing straight down the pitch made conditions difficult for passing football.

Nantwich took an early lead when the Grantham keeper inexplicably threw the ball away but only as far as Foster in the 18 yard box. He seemed to loose control but recovered to slot the ball into the net with the Grantham defence wrong footed.

The wind was holding the ball up from the Nantwich keepers' clearance but another mistake by the Grantham defence with a sloppy back pass allowed Deegan to run in on goal and despite a stumble put the ball into the net to keepers right hand for the second.

Nantwich then scored a goal which will be a contender for goal of the season by Foster. As a cross from the left came over, Foster, with his back to goal flicked the ball over the defender and rifled it in the back of the net.

A rampant Nantwich added a fourth soon after as the tireless Mark Jones broke away on the left side of midfield and fed a perfect pass to Abadaki who curled a delightful cross shot across well out of a by now bemused keepers reach.

The second half produced an initial period of Grantham pressure but a well marshalled defence led by Adam Jones did not allow many serious alarms to Cudworth in the Nantwich goal. What did come at him was dealt with confidence.

Throughout the second half the Dabbers were by far the more dangerous side and should have increased their lead on a number of occasions.

They did however score a fifth when the referee spotted a foul by a Grantham defender after another dangerous corner from Devaney and pointed to the spot. The defender was given his marching orders which was probably for a second bookable offence. The 20 strong Dabbers faithful were expecting Foster to complete his hat trick but Harry Clayton stepped up to calmly slot the ball past the home keeper who had a game to forget.

Nantwich had the ball in the net again by substitute Earl Davies from a rebound that hit the post but he was ruled offside.

The result, and just as important the way the team played, made the long drive home in shocking, stormy weather, bearable.

Thank you Kevin for the match report

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