by Laurie Newman
A Stuart Beavon brace was enough to secure all three points for Mickleover Sports against Nantwich Town.
Nantwich looked the livelier team in the opening few minutes. They controlled the flow of the game and it was not a surprise when they took the lead.
The visitors opened the deadlock in the ninth minute thanks to their skipper Casper Hughes. Hughes’ effort from outside the box managed to beat Nathan Broome by finding the bottom right hand corner.
The away team continued to pile the pressure on the home side, but against the run of play Sports managed to pull one back all thanks to a moment of brilliance from Stuart Beavon.
Beavon levelled things up for the home side when his sweet trike from outside the box curled into the top right corner, much to the delight of the home fans.
The remainder of the half didn’t see many real goal scoring chances from either team, both being limited to shots from outside the box.
The second half was a slow burner. There were no real chances until the first goal as both teams were trying to find their way back into the game.
Stuart Beavon scored his second of the game and what would eventually be the winner, after he fired a loose ball into the net from close range after a scramble in the box. That goal took his tally up to seven for the season so far.
Beavon nearly scored a third within a few minutes. Karel Tvaroh whipped in a delightful ball to Beavon who was unmarked in the box, but unfortunately his header went just over the bar.
Nantwich’s attempts to pull one back were short lived. Goal scorer Casper Hughes tried again and again to get his side back into the game but his attempts were either off target or saved by Nathan Broome.
Mickleover held out valiantly for the rest of the game. The win extended the home teams winning run to three games.
Mickleover Sports 2-1 Nantwich Town
Don Amott Arena
Saturday 4th January 2020