Nantwich Town boss Phil Parkinson was understandably delighted with his sides point away at Spennymoor Town, as the Dabbers battled back from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw and earn what could be a vital draw in their push for the play offs.
The Dabbers fell behind to an early Shane Henry strike, but fought back and levelled in the 2nd half through Curtis Jones. They held firm despite some intense home pressure late on to leave Durham with a point.
Parky noted: “It’s an outstanding point against a very good Spennymoor side. I thought first half we dominated the first half, so to come in 1-0 down was really frustrating. We knew it would be hard going up bank first. They took full advantage of the one chance they had and it was from a mistake in the build up, but apart from that I felt we dominated the first half.
Their goal was against the run of play, there is no doubt about that. That’s the best we’ve played in the first half since Blyth. I said against Matlock that the endeavour was there, but we didn’t play as well as we can. Today the endeavour was there and we did play.
We had a really good chance when Tom Peers has gone through and for me, he’s going to be disappointed he’s not scored that. I said to the boys, we’ve got to be taking our chances in these really tight games because we’re going to be playing teams like this if we make the play offs.
First 15 minutes in the 2nd half, I thought we were superb and got our just rewards with the goal. Then we took our foot off the gas and stopped playing, we really let them into the game. To be honest, what a defensive display, I thought we were outstanding, it was like the Alamo at times. They just kept coming at us, but that’s not something to be down about, that shows our resilience. I know the opposition will feel they deserved three points, but our second half showing showed our resilience and defensive strength.”
Parky was particularly pleased with his defenders, who not only showed great tenacity to keep Spennymoor out in the second half, but chipped in at the other end. The Dabbers equaliser came via three defenders, as Joel Stair forced a corner with a deflected shot and Ben Harrison knocked down the resulting set piece for Curtis Jones to poke home. Parky said: “I’ve said all season, we’re scoring goals from all over the pitch. If the wingers aren’t doing it, if the forwards aren’t doing it, the midfielders and defenders are. I think the defenders are on about 20 odd goals between them. I gave Andy White a rest today because he’s played so many games, but Joel Stair came in and you couldn’t tell the difference. It was a good game for Joel because it was a battle, it was one he could get stuck into.”
The manager was also pleased to end a tough run of 4 games against fellow promotion chasers. The Dabbers only lost 1 of 4 games against Blyth Spartans, Whitby Town, Matlock Town and Spennymoor Town and it means they were able to keep hold of their position in the table: “I said this weeks ago, I was looking at those fixtures and it was so important we got the results before that. We knew that anybody can beat anybody out of those 4 teams and know that going into the play offs.
There’s things we are recognising we need to do better if we get in the play offs.I keep saying that word if, because nothing is done yet. We’re still in that second position, we’re still in pole position. We just need to make sure we take advantage of the games we’ve got coming up. But overall, I’m really happy with the result.”