Saturday 18th January 2020
Northern Premier League Premier Division
Nantwich Town: Hall, Bourne, Devine, Stair, Langley, Offord, Lawrie, Webb, Varian, Cooke, Mwasalie. Subs: Harrison, Davis, Saunders, Saxon, Lomas.
Hyde United: Luke Mewitt, Bradley Roscoe, Kyle Brownhill, Liam Tongue, Tom Dean, Jordan Fagbola, Chris Sutherland (John McCombe), Ashley Young, Chris Sharp (Paddy Lane), Tom Pratt, Jaheim Headley (Alex Starcenko). Subs not used: Thierry Lewis.
A bid for the fastest-ever goal in the history of the Weaver Stadium from Stoke City-loanee Ethon Varian set the tone for what would turn out to be a super afternoon at the Weaver Stadium, as Nantwich Town struck four past Hyde United in BetVictor Northern Premier Division action.
Varian’s strike after nine seconds was one of two cool efforts for the front-man, as Troy Bourne and David Webb also grabbed goals before half-time to ensure the Dabbers won all three points.
Dave Cooke’s side were unchanged from last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Scarborough Athletic, and with good reason, as Varian opened the scoring just nine seconds into the game; Josh Langley thumping the ball forward from kick-off, which allowed for the Irish striker to neatly head the ball over Luke Mewitt and into the bottom corner.
The game may have turned out completely differently had the visitors grabbed a goal from two solid attacks straight after the Dabbers had taken the lead, but the score remained with Nantwich’s noses in front.
Joel Stair had a header saved by Mewitt from a Sean Cooke free-kick twenty minutes in after Joe Mwasile had been brought down twenty-five yards from goal.
Despite Stair not getting on the scoresheet, it would be a defender with the next goal, as Troy Bourne doubled the scoring just after twenty minutes, as a corner that wasn’t properly dealt with by the visitors saw the right-back stab home from close range.
Joe Mwasile could have netted the third moments later, as a good pass from Cooke found the winger, but his squeezed effort at goal couldn’t find the bottom corner.
It would be three shortly after, as Varian once again got onto the scoresheet soon after the half-hour mark, breaking the offside trap as the ball from James Lawrie was dinked over the top of the Hyde defence, allowing for the striker to take the ball ’round Mewitt and calmly place the ball into the bottom-left corner.
Soon after, Nantwich grabbed their fourth of the day as another poorly-defended corner, as Joe Mwasile knocked it over into the box, and despite a game of pinball in the eighteen-yard area, it was David Webb who bundled the ball home to give the Dabbers a four-goal lead before the break.
The two sides would go into the break with the Dabbers four-in-front, with a mountain to climb for the visiting Hyde United. Varian got the second half off to a flyer as he looked ready for a hat-trick, having an effort deflected for a corner – though the set-piece came to nothing.
Matty Devine should have been on the scoresheet in the second half for a multitude of chances, none as close as an effort with twenty minutes to go where he skipped past three Hyde defenders, cutting onto his right-foot which put the final shot just over the bar.
With ten minutes to go, substitute Callum Saunders could have made it five as he had a header tipped over the bar after Lawrie’s super free-kick.
That would be all of the action from the afternoon, as Nantwich picked up a crucial three points that saw them rise to 6th in the BetVictor Northern Premier Division before a trip to Stalybridge Celtic in a week’s time.
Report from Nantwich Town website