Hey Leaves It Late For Lions Winner

Lewis Hey’s injury time strike earned The Lions all three points on the road for the second time in four days.

Having dominated much of the game it looked like another one of those days for The Lions but Hey had other ideas and curled in a shot at the death to put another three points on the board and secure successive league wins for the first time since March 2020.

In the glorious Cheshire sunshine Danny Ellis’ men had a host of chances but couldn’t finish them off and Nantwich nearly took full advantage in the final five minutes.

Andy Kellett nearly scored in the first few minutes when John Johnston’s cross just needed a touch but it went behind him and the chance was gone.

Johnston was at the centre of The Lions’ play and forced Dabbers stopper Louis Grey into a good save low down to his left.

Sean Cooke had the hosts first chance of the game after 9 minutes but his shot from 25 yards out sailed over Kyle Trenerry’s bar and onto the housing estate behind.

Adam Haw, who was making successive starts, then nearly opened the scoring with a powerful shot at the end of a good Lions move but Grey was alert to make a save.

The best chance of the half fell to Spencer Harris but his header was well saved by Grey, the defender was unmarked in the area but the Nantwich keeper sprung off his line to make a good stop.

The hosts offered little in the opening half but were looking dangerous on the counter attack, Ethen Vaughan made a 60 yard sprint to track back and tackle Joel Grant to stop one move.

Haw nearly doubled his tally for the season in the final five minutes of the half but his shot from 25 yards out dropped just wide.

The final chance of the half fell to the hosts but Dan Cockerline scuffed his shot harmlessly wide.

The second half didn’t match the first and was a much scrappier affair with a strong swirling wind affecting the play.

It showed 10 minutes in when Kellett’s corner nearly caught Grey off guard but the keeper showed excellent reflexes to claw the ball away from goal.

Chances were extremely limited and Johnston could not have delivered a better ball, there was just no one there to finish it off.

Then with 15 minutes left the 364 in attendance were amazed at how the ball hadn’t gone over the line. Johnston’s corner found the head of Jameel Ible but his header hit the bar, Grey then pushed the ball away but it fell to Harris who also saw his shot saved. In the final chance of the scramble substitute Jerome Greaves couldn’t get his shot through a myriad of bodies and Nantwich cleared.

With five minutes left Grant set up Joe Mwasile who just had the get the ball into an empty net but somehow his shot went wide.

With three minutes of added time remaining Hey picked up possession on the right hand side and curled the ball into the bottom corner from a narrow angle to win it for his team.

The final whistle confirmed another win for Danny Ellis’ side going into Tuesday night’s home game with Whitby Town at Nethermoor.

Nantwich Town 0-1 Guiseley | Saturday 20th August 2022 | Swansway Stadium

Attendance: 364

Team: 1. Kyle Trenerry, 2. Ethen Vaughan, 3. George Smith (C), 4. Luke Dean, 5. Jameel Ible, 6. Spencer Harris, 7. John Johnston, 8. Charlie Wood, 9. Jake Cassidy (75’ Greaves), 10. Adam Haw (59’ Chimalilo) and 11. Andy Kellett (79′ Hey).

Subs: 12. Ethan Cartwright (unused), 13. Scott Moloney (GK) (unused), 14. Donald Chimalilo, 15. Jerome Greaves, 16. Lewis Hey.

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