GLAD­I­A­TORS DOWN DABBERS

The Non-League Football Paper - - NPL PREMIER - By Steve Shar­man

A SEC­OND-HALF col­lapse from Nantwich Town saw Mat­lock Town shat­ter the Dabbers' long un­beaten run, thanks to sec­ond-half goals from Craig King, Cleve­land Tay­lor and Bradley Beat­son.

Nantwich could have taken the lead af­ter 13 min­utes as Jamie Mor­gan went down in the area, but Sean Cooke stepped up and hit it straight at Ross Dur­rant, who palmed it away, be­fore the Glad­i­a­tors cleared the dan­ger away.

Steve Jones put the Dabbers in front as Sean Cooke’s pass found Craig Lind­field on the left-hand side.

The winger put in a grounded, driven ball into the box and the for­mer North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional was able to tap it past Dur­rant.

The Dabbers didn’t re­ally come out for the sec­ond half and King cap­i­talised on poor mark­ing at the back, slid­ing it past Spiess to put the vis­i­tors on level terms.

The Glad­i­a­tors took the lead soon af­ter as Tay­lor curled a su­perb ef­fort into the top-left cor­ner, while a third was added with ten to go, as King repli­cated his first goal, be­fore Beat­son made it 4-1.

STAR MAN: Craig West­carr (Mat­lock) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

NANTWICH TOWN 1 MAT­LOCK TOWN 4

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