Are the Dabbers all set for more glory?

 March 2016                                                                                                                          A Nantwich Town F.C. Page

Action from the first leg of the semi-final with the Dabbers (in green) on the attack.                              Pictures: Gareth Roberts

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 some supporters.

   "With several hundred Halifax supporters having


made the journey, it was disappointing to see supporters clashing with each other.

    "The final is at Wembley on May 22."

Below: a flare is set off in the crowd

Dream ends with last-minute goal

Gareth Roberts reports on the

second leg of the semi-final


NANTWICH'S dreams of reaching the FA Trophy final at Wembley came to an end after a 22 draw at Halifax in front of a crowd of 3,009 on March 19.

    Despite being a goal down after four minutes, Nantwich lead 21 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


net. This gave Halifax a 64 victory on aggregate. 

   Nantwich will now concentrate on reaching the play-offs in the Evo-Stik Premier League.

lTo 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.

  Nantwich Town F.C. website  |  What F.C. Halifax think of the game (club website)

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