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The Pitmen made a fine start to their home campaign for the new season, with a hard-fought performance over newly-promoted Nantwich Town this evening. Manager Dean Edwards, frustrated at his team's inability to kill of Ossett Town on Saturday, made one change to the side, with Adam Connolly dropping to the bench to allow skipper Ross Draper to return after his one-match ban

Nantwich started well, knocking the ball around and playing through ex-Stafford man Robin Gibson at every opportunity. However, it was the home side who took the lead with their first attack of the game on six minutes. Ross Dyer's typically marauding run down the wing saw him cut in and lay the ball to Louie Briscoe, who drove a low shot past Lee Jones in the Nantwich goal to score his second goal of the season

Despite only just being promoted, and this being their first game of the season, Nantwich looked comfortable in their new surroundings, and they responded with a Peter Heler header from a Gibson ball that was cleared away from goal by Danny Harvey

Although Nantwich were seeing plenty of the ball, it was the Pitmen who were offering the threat in front of goal. Tyrone Barnett could have extended the lead on ten minutes, but fired Dyer's cross wide of goal

Stuart Brock, a virtual spectator on Saturday, made a smart save a minute later to deny Parkinson after he hit a great shot from the edge of the area

The home side continued to tot up the chance in the  'shots for' column, having yet another goal disallowed mid-way through the first half. Ross Dyer managed to force the ball home, but was pulled up by the referee for a previous foul on Jones

Brock denied Gibson with a save low down to his left after the little forward picked up a loose ball. Otherwise, he was being well marshalled by the very impressive Decio Gomes, who once again looked a far better class of defender that UniBond Premier level

The Pitmen's pressure eventually told on thirty four minutes, with last season's top scorer Dyer grabbing his first goal of the new campaign. Briscoe played an incisive ball into the path of the onrushing Dyer, who controlled the ball well and fired past Jones from just inside the area

Barnett could have added a third just moments later, hitting a great shot that crashed against the crossbar and back into play; Anthony Maguire's follow-up was deflected behind for a corner kick

The second half was played in much the same vein as the first; Nantwich having plenty of the ball, but the Pitmen creating the better chances. Early on in the half, and the hardworking Maguire fired in a shot that was only just off target after being set up by Barnett

On came Connolly for the quiet Mark Briggs as Hednesford looked to finish the game off during the opening exchanges of the second period

Gibson continued to produce all that was good of Nantwich's play, setting Michael Lennon away on the hour mark, but the prolific former Kidsgrove man was denied by a brilliant sliding tackle from Gomes as he shaped to shoot just inside the penalty area

Dyer was continuing to cause problems with his powerful style of play. On seventy minutes, he was forced wide by a Nantwich defender, but the youngster still managed to get his shot in that Jones managed to turn away for a corner

Briscoe was constantly involved for the hosts, with his quick feet and combative style a hi with fans and team-mates alike. He hit a free kick straight at Jones with twelve minute left after being set up by Maguire, with the keeper seeing the ball over the bar for a corner

From the kick, two Hednesford players could have scored in the scramble that followed. Harvey's header was cleared away by Dave Tickle, but only succeeded in playing the ball to Draper, who saw his drive saved by Jones

Nantwich showed enough to convince the masses that they will do well at this level this term, playing some neat, positive football. For the Pitmen, it is the ideal boost ahead of the visit of free-scoring newcomers Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday  cds

Bradford Park Av (H) 

23.8.2008
Team Mins On   On/Off For   Goals Top Scorer Briscoe (2)
.1 Stuart Brock 90 .. ..
.2 Sean Platt 90 . . UniBond Premier League 19.8.2008
.3 Anthony Maguire 90 . . Top Half
.4 Decio Gomes 90 .. .. Pos Team Played Points
.5 Danny Harvey 90

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. 1st Bradford P A 2 6
.6 Tom Marshall 90 . . 2nd Marine 2 6
.7 Mark Briggs 60

Connolly

. 3rd Witton Albion 2 4
.8 Louie Briscoe 90

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1 4th HEDNESFORD 2 4
.9 Tyrone Barnett 90 . . 5th Ilkeston Town 2 4
.10 Ross Dyer 90 .

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6th Frickley Athletic 2 4
.11 Ross Draper 90 . .. 7th Eastwood Town 2 3
Substitutes 8th Guiseley 2 3
.12 Orlando Junior 0  

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  . 9th Leigh Genesis 2 3
.14 Scott Stamps 0 . . 10th Buxton 2 3

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Elliott Durrell 0 . ..

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Chris Morris 0

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Adam Connolly 30

Briggs

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Action from Keys Park:  1. Louie Briscoe closes in on Lee Jones, the Nantwich 'keeper  2. goalscorer Ross Dyer with one of his trademark runs   3. Goal! Briscoe is mobbed by his team-mates after opening the scoring

 

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