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1st Team - Match centre

Nantwich Town
Witton Albion
R Hopley (2' OG)
Full time
R Hopley (29'), P Williams (82' Pen)
Sat 21 Oct 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 315

Early goals conceded prove Albion's downfall

Rob Hopley nets for both teams

The main events minutes:

2' Low early cross from Courtney Wildin is headed for a corner by Nick Ryan with Harry Clayton in close attendance.
2' Sean Cooke's corner is flicked on by Sam Hall and put into his own net by Rob Hopley.
3' Nearly an instant response from Witton as Will Jaaskelainen saves from Tom Owens before Hall makes a last gasp block on the goal line to deny Will Jones follow up.
11' Nicely worked free kick from the right touchline between Caspar Hughes and Sean Cooke sees the latter fire low into the right corner.
15' Hopley shot blocked by Joel Stair.
23' Anthony Brown's long ball controlled superbly by Owens who curls a shot inches past the far left upright.
29' Hopley turns well inside the box after receiving the ball from Jones on the right and fires low across the keeper and into the far corner to halve the deficit. (Picture of goal courtesy of Nantwich Town FC Website)
34' An in swinging free kick from Matt Bell is headed across goal by Stair but Witton are able to clear.
47' Early chance for Witton but Jaaskelainen palms away Danny McKenna's free kick
47' Storm Brian is causing many problems for the players, rain and wind swirling around at the Weaver Stadium.
53' Will Jones fires a shot from the edge of the box but it flies wide of the post.
57' Big chance for Joe Mwasile but he strikes his effort against the crossbar from close range.
62' McKenna brings down Cooke and the Dabbers have a free kick in a dangerous position.
63' Matt Bell duly curls the free kick in perfectly to make it 3-1 to the home side.
64' Calvin Hare handles the ball outside the box and is rightly booked. Cooke's resulting free kick is blocked.
68' Hopley tries an overhead kick from close range but his effort goes wide of the far right post. (See Jonathan White's photo in associated album)
69' Jaaskelainen back pedals and somehow gets a fingertip to Paul Williams's ambitious lob from the half-way line to deflect the ball against the top of the crossbar and over for a corner.
82' Penalty to Witton when substitute Nathan Cotterell trips Hopley. Paul Williams steps up and fires into the net to give Albion a late opportunity to rescue the game.
90 + 2' Ref books Cotterell following another foul but free kick is comfortably dealt with.
Man of the match awarded to ex Albion loanee Toby Mullarkey.

DABBERS: Jaaskelainen; Bourne, Wildin, Stair, Mullarkey, Hall (Cotterell 66), Hughes, Bell, Clayton (Forbes 84), Cooke & Mwasile (Davies 86). Subs not used: Morgan & McDonald. Booked: Cotterell (foul)

ALBION: Hare; Gardner, McKenna, Ryan, Brown, Foley (Lingouba 86), Hedley (Evans 75), Owens, Hopley, Jones & Tames (Williams 67). Subs not used: Wilson & Neild. Booked: Hare (Handling ball out of area) & McKenna (foul.

Referee: Daniel Bruce. Attendance: 315 (at least a third from Witton!)

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Key moments

Own Goal Rob Hopley scores an own goal
Goal Rob Hopley scores for Witton Albion
Scored Penalty Paul Williams scores a penalty for Witton Albion

Videos and photos

Nantwich v Witton 21-10-17
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86:00 Sub On
Cesaire Lingouba is substituted on for Witton Albion
86:00 Sub Off
James Foley is substituted off for Witton Albion
82:00 Scored Penalty 1 - 2
Paul Williams scores a penalty for Witton Albion
75:00 Sub Off
Ben Hedley is substituted off for Witton Albion
75:00 Sub On
Micah Evans is substituted on for Witton Albion
67:00 Sub Off
Steve Tames is substituted off for Witton Albion
67:00 Sub On
Paul Williams is substituted on for Witton Albion
64:00 Yellow Card
Calvin Hare is yellow carded for Witton Albion
62:00 Yellow Card
Danny McKenna is yellow carded for Witton Albion
End of period 1
29:00 Goal 1 - 1
Rob Hopley scores for Witton Albion
2:00 Own Goal 1 - 0
Rob Hopley scores an own goal
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Nantwich Town
  • Witton Albion
  • 0
  • Rob Hopley Own Goal 2:00'
  • Rob Hopley Goal 29:00'
  • Danny McKenna Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Calvin Hare Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Steve Tames Sub Off 67:00'
  • Paul Williams Sub On 67:00'
  • Ben Hedley Sub Off 75:00'
  • Micah Evans Sub On 75:00'
  • Paul Williams Scored Penalty 82:00'
  • James Foley Sub Off 86:00'
  • Cesaire Lingouba Sub On 86:00'

Team selection

Hare, Calvin Hare, Calvin
Gardner, Anthony Gardner, Anthony
Brown, Anthony Brown, Anthony
Foley, James Foley, James
Ryan, Nick Ryan, Nick
McKenna, Danny McKenna, Danny
Tames, Steve Tames, Steve
Owens, Tom Owens, Tom
Hopley, Rob Hopley, Rob
Jones, Will Jones, Will
Hedley, Ben Hedley, Ben

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 46 95
2. Ashton United 46 82
3. Warrington Town 46 82
4. Grantham Town 46 81
5. Farsley Celtic 46 80
6. Shaw Lane 46 79
7. Witton Albion 46 70

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