Shootout Was Like Watching The Germans Take Them According To Parkinson

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Nantwich Town manager Phil Parkinson was delighted with his team’s  penalty shootout victory as they reached the final of the Cheshire Senior Cup.

The Dabbers beat league rivals Warrington Town at the Weaver Stadium 5-3 on penalties as the two teams couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes of football.

Parkinson’s men had a 100% record from the spot in the shootout and the former club captain felt it was like watching the world champions, Germany.

He joked: “We worked heavily on penalties and we were like the Germans out there, we were very clinical.”

Before continuing:“They are very good players and they were very calm in the shootout, I never doubted the fact they would pick their spot and really go for it, which they had to because there was nothing in it, one of their lads has missed, all the rest of them have scored.

“But they are very good players and yes the majority of the takers were defenders, three out of the five were defenders and it shows the quality we have in those positions and we had the strikers ready to come in as well.

“So I’m really pleased with the coolness and clinical of the strikes, but I’m disappointed that Dan (Gyollai) didn’t get his hand to that one as it would have been nice for him to make that save. He guessed the right way but couldn’t quite keep it out and that would have kept my blood pressure down I think.”

Their success sets up a final with League Two side Crewe Alexandra, who are the closest team to the Dabbers.

Only four miles separate the two clubs and the FA Vase winner is delighted that the two teams shall meet in the final, which is yet to have a date and venue announced.

Parky told Redshift Radio: “I’m really pleased for the everyone at the club and the town  that we play Crewe Alexandra in the final of the Cheshire Senior Cup as it adds a little bit of spice to it and will keep the town engaged with the football.

“It’s something to really look forward to and I can imagine the banter between the two clubs will be flowing over social media.

“But I’m so happy and pleased for the team.”


About Author

Freelance Journalist based in the North of England. Having supported Chorley FC for the majority of his life, Richard moved down to Stoke-on-Trent to study Journalism at Staffordshire University in 2011, he graduated with a 2:1 three years later. He has since worked as Press Officer of Nantwich Town between 2014-2016 and lead the coverage of the Dabbers run to the FA Trophy semi-final in 2016. Richard also wrote and published his first book in May 2016 about Nantwich Town and their greatest moment when the club won the FA Vase in 2006. The book is entitled When Nantwich Turned The Vase Green. Richard can often be found at games on a Saturday covering matches for a verity of newspapers across England.

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