Nantwich Town 1-2 Mickleover Sports
By Tony Shaw
Nantwich: Spiess, Hughes, Wildin, Stair, Bourne, Hall, Mwasile(Strong 46), Bell, Cole, Cooke, Forbes (Morgan 58). Other subs Phillips, Walley, Burzynski.
Sports: King, Grocott, Turner, Mcgrath, Mills, Burgin, Dales, Morrison(Mulders 75), Scott, Garnett, Grayson. Other subs Morris, Palmer.
Sports were out to avenge an earlier defeat at home to Nantwich to end the year on a winning note. Facing a strong wind in the first half Sports were back to their best short game as they controlled the game in the early stages. Evan Garnett fired a 15 yard shot over the bar and Andy Dales forced a good save from Fabian Spiess.
The home side took an 11th minute lead with a goal from nowhere. Fullback, Courtney Wildin ,advanced under no challenge and unleashed a terrific shot from 25 yards into the top corner. Nantwich were buoyed by this and Sports were pushed back. Some fine defending with Pablo Mills excelling kept them at bay forcing shots from distance that Lewis King dealt with comfortably. The best chance for the hosts came on 35 minutes when a corner was flicked on at the near post but Joel Stair lashed the ball over the bar. John Mcgrath almost equalised but his cross cum shot was just wide.
With the wind behind them Sports came out strongly in the second half and were rewarded with an equaliser on 47 minutes. Andy Dales was fouled 20 yards out and with most people expecting a shot John Mcgrath put in an excellent cross tat Pablo Mills met with a thumping header into the bottom corner. Sports were now in command and scored what was the winner on 54 minutes. Andy Dales played a one- two with Evan Garnett and raced clear, rounding keeper Spiess, before rolling the ball home.
Having taken the lead Sports snuffed out Nantwich as an attacking force, dominating possession and it was they who almost scored the next goal. Andy Dales was again played through and he beat his marker but was denied by a good stop from Spiess from close range.