MATCH REPORT: Newcastle Town 2 Nantwich Town 2 AET (Newcastle win 4-3 on penalties)

Newcastle Town are through to the fourth round of the Doodson Sport Cup after a victory on penalties over local rivals Nantwich Town.

The home side had twice lead through penalties by Anthony Malbon, but we pegged back in the final minute or normal time and in extra time by strikes by Michael Lennon.

In  a first half of few chances, Nantwich went close on 24 minutes as Ben Mills’ shot from Zak Foster’s cross hit the crossbar.

Jack Harrison went close for Newcastle just past the half hour mark, as his stinging long range effort was parried away by keeper John Brain.

They almost took the lead in fortuitous circumstances in the second half, as Ryan Connor’s cross needed to be parried away by Brain.

Castle finally took the lead with four minutes left as Leon Ashman was fouled in the box by Nial Maguire. Malbon stepped up to calmly slot beyond Brain who went the wrong way.

Nantwich responded in the final minute as Sean Cooke’s cross from the right was controlled and then slammed high into the net by Michael Lennon.

Newcastle regained the lead in the 104th minute again from the penalty spot, as Ashman was again brought down, this time by Aleksandrs Solovjovs. Malbon again took the penalty and struck it low into the corner, with Brain again going the wrong way.

The Dabbers again responded halfway through the second period of extra time as Solovjovs’ ball over the top found Lennon, who calmly slotted beyond keeper Dave Parton.

Newcastle scored all of their four spot kicks through Ashman, Will Ryder, Darren Chadwick and Diskin, whilst Nantwich scored three out of five with Macpherson, Maguire and Mills all converting, with Cooke firing wide and Solovjovs firing over to seal Nantwich’s fate.




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