TEN years after the Dabbers - aka Nantwich Town
F.C. - hit the big time by winning the FA Vase competition, they are - at
the time of writing - bidding for a repeat of football glory.
In the first leg of the semi-final
of the F.A. Trophy at their home ground, The Weaver Stadium, on March 12, they went down
4-2 to F.C. Halifax.
A commendable result, but all is
not over. There is still the second leg to come and then - who knows?
At league level, The Dabbers are
doing exceptionally well at the moment, holding ninth place in the Evostick
North Premier league, with a +27 goal difference and 52 points.
I'm grateful to Dabbers' fan Gareth
Roberts for these images and comments on the first leg.
Gareth told me:
"Nantwich Town suffered a 4-2
home defeat in the first leg of their FA Trophy semi-final clash against
National League side, F.C. Halifax Town.
"In front of a record crowd of
2,078, Sean Cooke and Matt Kosylo scored for the Dabbers.
"But the team now has an uphill
battle in the second leg at Halifax on March 19.
"The kick-off was
delayed for 15 minutes due to traffic congestion and despite the
entertainment on the pitch there were some ugly scenes among
"With several hundred Halifax
made the journey, it was disappointing to
see supporters clashing with each other.
"The final is at Wembley on May
Below: a flare is set off in
Dream ends with
Gareth Roberts reports on
second leg of the
NANTWICH'S dreams of
reaching the FA Trophy final at Wembley came to an end after a
2–2 draw at Halifax in front of a crowd of 3,009 on March 19.
Despite being a goal down after four minutes, Nantwich lead 2–1
at half-time with goals from Liam Shotton and Matt Bailey, with
a 44th minute penalty save by Nantwich's goal-keeper, Terry Smith.
Nantwich needed to score another goal to bring the tie level on
goals, but unfortunately, despite a creditable performance by
the Dabbers, Halifax scored in the 89th minute with an own goal by
Nantwich defender Andy White, after the ball hit his leg on its
way into the
gave Halifax a 6–4 victory on aggregate.
Nantwich will now concentrate on reaching the play-offs in the Evo-Stik Premier League.
reach the last four of the F.A. Trophy. Nantwich defeated
Salford City, Kings Lynn Town, Stockport County, Matlock Town,
Bradford Park Avenue, Stourbridge and Dover Athletic.
Nantwich were the underdogs in most of these matches, so their
FA Trophy adventure has been quite an achievement for the team
and for the manager, Phil Parkinson, who was the Nantwich team
captain when they won the FA Vase Cup 10 years ago.