Match Centre

Nantwich Town (H)
19:45 - Tuesday 14th December 2021
Cheshire County Cup (The J.Davidson Stadium)
Goals: Josh Hancock [2'] Ben Pringle [32']
Goals (Opponent): Dan Cockerline [21'] Dan Cockerline [45+2'] Joel Stair [41']
Attendance: 276
Referee: TBC
21 Matthew Gould
2 Shaun Densmore
3 Connor Hampson
9 Marcus Dinanga
10 Josh Hancock (c)
17 Ben Pringle
18 Kennedy Digie
19 David Fitzpatrick
23 Tom Peers
28 Dean Furman
29 Danny Whitehead
Nantwich Town
1 Andy Wycherley
2 Prince Haywood
3 Jamie Morgan
4 Troy Bourne
5 Josh Langley (c)
6 David Vaughan
7 Carlos Montefiori
8 Caspar Hughes
9 Dan Cockerline
10 Sean Cooke
11 Connor Heath
12 Matthew Bell
14 Joe Mwasile
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15 Shaun Miller
16 Joseph Malkin
17 Joel Stair
13 Dec 2021 by John Edwards

*Danger man .. Ryan Colclough, pictured here against Bromley on Saturday, was a constant threat in Alty's pre-season friendly at Nantwich in July. Photo by Michael Ripley.

Ed Painter reports:

Alty will be hoping for a change of fortunes on Tuesday evening as Nantwich Town visit The J. Davidson Stadium in the second round of the Cheshire Senior Cup.

Following the dramatic comeback on the road against Aldershot Town, the Robins were unlucky not to back that result up as Bromley survived a second-half onslaught on Saturday to escape with a 1-0 win.

The Ravens caused problems early on for the home side through Michael Cheek, who made an early opportunity for Corey Whitely before hitting the post himself from close range.

At the other end, Josh Hancock's effort was deflected over Reice Charles-Cook's bar before Omar Sowunmi opened the scoring shortly afterwards, getting his head to a well-struck free-kick to nod the Ravens ahead.

Altrincham pressed for an equaliser and almost got it when Ryan Colclough cut inside but his low effort was well saved, before Ben Pringle, Connor Hampson and Marcus Dinanga also missed from close range as the hosts piled on the pressure.

However, the visitors just about held on to clinch all three points, leaving Alty without a league win since the 4-1 road win against Weymouth on November 20.

You can watch the highlights of that game by pressing play below.

Following that result, the Robins remain 12th in the Vanarama National League table, 10 points behind Solihull Moors in the final play-off place.

Last Meeting

Alty and Nantwich last met at the Optimum Pay Stadium on July 27th, with the Robins triumphing 3-0 courtesy of goals from Ryan Colclough, Marcus Dinanga and Dan Mooney.

There were plenty of early chances for both sides, with former Altrincham Youth and Reserve team keeper Cameron Terry making a top-class save to deny Ryan Colclough and tipping a well-executed Joel Senior free-kick on to the crossbar.

Alty took the lead moments later when a brilliant piece of creativity from Josh Hancock, just after the half-hour mark, released Marcus Dinanga, who opened his account by deftly lifting the ball over the advancing keeper.

Colclough doubled the Robins' lead in the last throes of the first half with a deflected shot from inside the area that left Terry with little chance of making the save.

The second half proved to be a quieter affair, with Phil Parkinson making seven changes, bringing on the likes of James Berry, Ben Pringle and Kennedy Digie.

With 10 minutes left, the Robins put the game to bed when Dan Mooney capitalised on good play by Berry to hit a low right-footed shot from 15 yards that just about crept into the bottom corner of the Nantwich net.

The Opponents

Founded in 1884, Nantwich Town play their football in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, finishing the previous two seasons in fifth and 16th, before the Covid-19 pandemic brought both campaigns to a premature end.

The Dabbers, as they are affectionately known, came close to promotion to the National League North back in the 2018/19 season, finishing fourth and qualifying for the play-offs. However, they suffered defeat to Warrington Town at the semi-final stage.

This season has proved to be far more difficult for Nantwich. With many in the stands hoping for another promotion push, they will have been left disappointed with their current position of 21st out of 22. One silver lining is that they still have several games in hand on the teams around them, with just one win lifting them up to 18th.

However, to do that, they will have to really improve their goalscoring record. Currently, the Dabbers have managed 17 league goals this season, the second worst scoring rate in the division, with only Gainsborough Trinity, on 15, scoring fewer.

Several members of the current Alty squad once called the Optimum Pay Stadium home, including Andy White, Josh Hancock, Toby Mullarkey, Matty Kosylo and Tom Peers, as well as our management duo of Phil Parkinson and Neil Sorvel.

During his playing days, Parkinson enjoyed plenty of success with the Dabbers, helping them win the Cheshire Senior Cup for the first time in 30 years and reach the FA Vase final in 2006, before moving into the dug-out in 2015.

Last Match

In their last match against Radcliffe, goals from Joel Stair and Connor Heath were not enough as the Dabbers found themselves on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller at the Optimum Pay Stadium.

After an even start, the visitors were awarded a penalty when Prince Haywood brought down Luca Navarro inside the box. Stepping up to take it, player-manager Bobby Grant made no mistake, firing into the top corner.

Nantwich drew level just before the break when Sean Cooke chipped the ball towards the near post, allowing Stair the chance to power his header home for a deserved equaliser.

Radcliffe retook the lead almost immediately after the restart when a long ball split the Dabbers defence, allowing Grant to run through and finish comfortably.

After Cooke saw an effort blocked, the hosts levelled up the score once again, this time through Heath, whose long-range effort deceived Cam Belford in the Radcliffe net.

However, Nantwich were denied a share of the spoils when Callum Gribbin scored what proved to be the winning goal 10 minutes from time, with the substitute curling the ball beyond the dive of Andy Wycherley.

The Manager

Nantwich Town are led by Dave Cooke, who was appointed as the Dabbers manager on May 10th, 2017, following the departure of Phil Parkinson to Altrincham.  

Cooke has plenty of experience managing across the non-League football map, including in the National Conference, where he was part of the coaching team that kept Northwich Victoria up.

Dave had a spell as assistant-manager at Shrewsbury Town after their relegation from the Football League, gaining promotion back to the promised land at the first attempt. He also played a big part in handing debuts to former England keeper Joe Hart and ex-Wales midfielder Dave Edwards.

His record with Nantwich is impressive, guiding them to the first round of the FA Cup, where they were beaten away at League Two Stevenage. In the same season, his side finished 15th and won the Cheshire Senior Cup with a 3-0 success over Stockport Town.

The following year, he guided his team to the Northern Premier League play-offs, before losing to Warrington Town. Despite the disappointment, he was able to call that season a success after defending their CSC title, beating Cammell Laird 5-2 in the final.

Recently surpassing 300 games in charge, Cooke will be eager to return his side to the top end of the NPL table. However, after a difficult start to the season and with eyes firmly cast over their shoulders, the current Nantwich boss will have his hands full despite the talent at his disposal.

Last five games

Altrincham: WDLDL (F9 A8)

Nantwich Town: LDWLL (F4 A8)

What are we saying?

Phil Parkinson spoke to Brian Flynn after Bromley survived a second half bombardment to take all three points from their visit to The J.Davidson Stadium.

What are they saying?

Nantwich Town manager Sean Cooke spoke after his side's 3-2 defeat to Radcliffe.

Ticket details

Adults: £7

Concessions: £5

Juniors: £2

Children: £1

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Match Centre:

15 Dec 2021 by John Edwards

*Wallop .. Ben Pringle lets fly from 20 yards and it's heading for the top corner of the Nantwich net. Picture by Michael Ripley.

John Edwards reports on Altrincham 2 Nantwich Town 3

Altrincham got off to a flyer but were soon brought crashing back down to earth as Nantwich Town took the honours in an eventful Cheshire Senior Cup second round tie at The J.Davidson Stadium.

There was no hint that an upset might be on the cards when Alty took the lead after exactly 35 seconds, Ben Pringle setting up Josh Hancock for an assured finish against his former club.

But while that might have been the cue for the Robins to rediscover a scoring touch that deserted them against Bromley on Saturday, it instead inspired Nantwich to heights seldom seen in what has so far been a misfiring Pitching In Northern Premier League campaign.

The Dabbers played above their lowly league status in all departments, twice storming back to equalise before going ahead with what proved a decisive third goal.

That was all in an eye-catching, all-action first half that began in sensational style with a goal from Alty’s first attack and ended with what turned out to be a winner from Dave Cooke’s underdogs.

It was drama all the way, with Alty ruthlessly punishing a misplaced pass in the first minute, as Pringle intercepted it and powered forward before passing to his right, where Hancock took the ball on another yard and steadied himself for a shot across keeper Andrew Wycherley into the far corner.

Exactly 35 seconds gone, and it’s 1-0 to Alty. What a start, but far from being ruffled, Nantwich seemed to take it as a personal affront as they went on the front foot and began troubling an Alty defence that included Connor Hampson as a makeshift centre-back alongside Kennedy Digie.

Sean Cooke forced a diving save from Matt Gould in the 10th minute, and when Carlos Gomez Montefiori cut inside and hit a deflected shot that wrong-footed the Alty keeper 10 minutes later, there was a collective sigh of relief at seeing the ball sail fractionally wide of the left post.

So it came as no surprise when the men in green levelled matters in the 21st minute, after winger Connor Heath surged forward and drilled a left-foot shot that Gould parried, diving to his left. Hampson tried to clear the loose ball, but striker Dan Cockerline’s outstretched right boot had the final say as he forced it over the line.

Alty kept patiently probing for a way through a well-organised Nantwich defence, with little to suggest they might succeed in the face of such disciplined resistance.

Finally, Pringle decided he’d had enough of looking up and trying to pick a pass and, instead, unleashed an unstoppable piledriver of a left-foot shot out of nowhere that flew beyond the reach of the diving Wycherley on its way into the top right corner to restore the Robins’ lead in the most spectacular fashion.

That came in the 32nd minute, but again Nantwich remained undeterred by a stunning reminder that they were up against opponents from a higher sphere.

Eight minutes later, they were back on terms, and again there was plenty to admire about the way they did it, substitute Joel Stair guiding a header expertly inside the right post from a left-wing cross.

If anything encapsulated the energy levels that gave Nantwich the edge for much of the night, it was the way they harried one Alty player after another for what proved the winner in first-half added time.

Digie rolled a back pass to Gould, who was immediately put under pressure and forced into a risky sleight of foot that was followed by a hurried pass to Shaun Densmore, who similarly found himself surrounded by pressing opponents.

Like a hot potato, the ball was swiftly switched to Dean Furman, who was no better off for time or space near the edge of his own area and, consequently, was hounded into losing possession and could only look on despairingly as danger man Cockerline capitalised by steering goal number three beyond Gould’s left fingertips.

Alty boss Phil Parkinson reinforced an already strong looking line-up with the introduction of Ryan Colclough, Joel Senior and Jake Moult in the 67th minute, but it made little difference, as the Robins struggled to replicate the incisive attacking play that should have brought them victory against Bromley on Saturday.

Furman drew a smart diving save from Wycherley in the 73rd minute and Tom Peers headed wide from a good position four minutes into added time, but there was no denying the visitors, or their following in a crowd of 276, as they held out for a deserved win.

FT: It's all over here at the J. Davidson Stadium. Take nothing away from Nantwich, who deserved the win tonight. We need to be better though.. (2-3)
90' Five minutes of extra time. (2-3)
88' Senior plays the ball through to Hancock, but the linesman has his flag up. (2-3)
86' A long-range shot from Hancock is well over.Not long left here.. (2-3)
84' Cockerline is once again at the heart of the Nantwich attack, but Gould does well. (2-3)
81' Colclough and Pringle link up well, before the winger's shot is saved well by Wycherley. (2-3)
78' Just wide from Cockerline. A good swift break from Haywood, who fed the Nantwich striker with a good ball. (2-3)
76' Corner for Alty. A good header from Stair to clear the danger. (2-3)
75' Mwasile surges down the wing but Hampson does well to put a stop to the attack. (2-3)
72' ALMOST AN EQUALISER. Dean Furman's shot is parried away by Wycherley, before the Nantwich 'keeper recovers to smother the ball. (2-3)
71' Montefiori fouls Jake Moult and we have a free-kick. (2-3)
67' A triple change for Alty as Dinanga, Fitzpatrick, and Whitehead come off for Moult, Colclough, and Senior. (2-3)
65' Montefiori beats his man before being brought down. Nantwich have another free-kick. (2-3)
63' A good long-range strike from Heath forces Gould into action. (2-3)
61' Furman pulls off a brilliant challenge but the ref is convinced he has committed a foul. Free-kick Nantwich. (2-3)
57' Peers plays the ball to Dinanga, who takes a touch and turns his man. The Nantwich 'keeper isn't troubled by the forward's effort. (2-3)
56' A little bit better from Alty as Pringle wins the hosts a corner kick. (2-3)
54' Cockerline looks to be in for his third of the game, after the Robins gave the ball away, but his strike is off target. (2-3)
49' Hampson fouls Cockerline as the visitors were looking to break and Nantwich have a free-kick. (2-3)
47' An inviting ball into the box from Pringle, but nobody can get on the end of it. (2-3)
46' We are back underway. (2-3)
HT: The Robins are a goal behind at the break. (2-3)
45+2' Nantwich take the lead. Cockerline gets his second of the game. (2-3)
45+1' A shot from Danny Whitehead sails high and wide over the Nantwich goal. (2-2)
45' Two minutes of extra time. (2-2)
43' Connor Heath wins his side a free-kick. (2-2)
41' Nantwich are level. Joel Stair with the header. (2-2)
40' Five minutes to go until the break. Nantwich Town are certainly playing their part in this game tonight! (2-1)
32' THAT IS WHAT YOU CALL AN ABSOLUTE BELTER OF A GOAL. Pringle takes aim from range and finds the back of the net, leaving the 'keeper no chance whatsoever. Much better from the boys there! (2-1)
30' A great ball from Pringle allows Dinanga time for an effort at goal, but the striker's attempt drifts wide of Wycherley's left-hand post. (1-1)
25' Play resumes here at the J. Davidson Stadium. (1-1)
24' Cockerline is down after a challenge from Digie. The referee brings the game to a halt. (1-1)
21' Goal for Nantwich, with Cockerline sticking the ball in the back of the net. That had been coming. (1-1)
20' Half a chance there for Nantwich. Montefiori's shot from range takes a wicked deflection and looks to be heading for the top corner. Luckily, the ball sails narrowly wide. (1-0)
18' Peers plays the one-two with Densmore, but the Nantwich defence recovers to stop the play dead in its tracks. (1-0)
15' Pringle drives into the Nantwich penalty area and wins Alty a corner. Comes to nothing. (1-0)
9' A good ball by Connor Heath almost finds Dan Cockerline, but Gould comes off his line to snuff out the danger. (1-0)
6' He can't continue and is replaced by Joel Stair. (1-0)
6' A stoppage in play as Caspar Hughes is down for the Dabbers. (1-0)
4' A good strike from David Vaughan which was not too far away for Nantwich. Looked like Gould had it covered mind! (1-0)
1' JUST NEEDED 30 SECONDS!! Pringle intercepts the ball and picks out Hancock, who sticks it in the back of the net. GET IN THERE! (1-0)
1' We are underway. COME ON YOU REDS! (0-0)
Josh Hancock leads the Robins out onto the pitch! The midfielder wears the captain's armband tonight in place of Mr Moultrincham, who takes a place on the subs bench. Kick-off is only a few moments away!
Just over 15 minutes to go until we get underway here at the J. Davidson Stadium. Can Alty book their place in the next round?
Nantwich Town Team News: Starting XI: Andy Wycherley, Prince Haywood, Jamie Morgan, Troy Bourne, Josh Langley (c), David Vaughan, Carlos Montefiori, Caspar Hughes, Dan Cockerline, Sean Cooke, Connor Heath. Subs: Matthew Bell, Joe Mwasile, Shaun Miller, Joseph Malkin, Joel Stair.
Altrincham Team News: Starting XI: Matty Gould, Shaun Densmore, Connor Hampson, Marcus Dinanga, Josh Hancock (c), Ben Pringle, Kennedy Digie, David Fitzpatrick, Tom Peers, Dean Furman, Danny Whitehead. Subs: Jake Moult, Ryan Colclough, Matty Kosylo, Joel Senior, Steven Drench.
We will get you some team news as soon as we possibly can.
Good afternoon and welcome to tonight's live coverage from our Cheshire Senior Cup Second Round tie against Nantwich Town. Following Saturday's narrow loss to Bromley at the J. Davidson Stadium, Phil Parkinson and his team will be looking to get back to winning ways against familiar opposition. However, the Dabbers will have eyes on a lengthy cup run themselves, especially after a poor start to their Northern Premier League campaign. Stockport County await the winners in the next round, following their win over Macclesfield. Tonight's updates are brought to you remotely by Ed Painter.