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Whalley Range 2 NOMADS 2

Nomads win 4-2 on pens

J A Walton Challenge Cup Quarter Final

A dramatic day on all accounts as Nomads progress through to the semi finals.

A firm solid start saw Nomads grow into the game as Whalley Range started with a lot of possession, whilst not creating much the tempo was being dictated by them.

25 mins in and Nomads opened the scoring with Reece Skelton continnuing his fine from with a smart finish. This gave the visitors confidence but shortly after both sides were reduced to 10 men due to a coming together with Nomads captain Charlie and Whalley Range midfield Jack Timmons – both players shown straight red cards.

This didn’t disturb Nomads momentu and they pushed for a second which finally came with George Howarth slotting home from the penalty spot 2-0 HT.

Second half and Whalley Range were the better team as Nomads struggled to find rythymn and had to defend for large parts of the game.

Centre backs Jack Taylor and Owen Adams defended magnificently and kept Whalley to half chances.

Whalleys intense pressure eventually paid of by scoring in the 84th minute and equalising for a dramatic penalty shootout on 92 mins.

Pens it was and it came down to the keepers and for an exceptional game from Mason Walker he was there to save the day!

Manager Callum Davies had this to say..

“The occasion also meant more to us today as one of our younger players Daniel Stevenson (DJ) lost his father through the week. This has impacted a lot of players in the dressing room who would have known him for some time. We’re one big family here. I’d like to say these few words regarding John Stevenson..

Unfortunately John wasn’t able to get as involved with Nomads as he would have liked, as he was diagnosed with cancer just before DJ joined the club. However, he was able to attend a few games before his treatment rendered him too poorly to get out to watch in person but he still encouraged DJ with his football and was able to watch via the veo footage. Personally, the family has been a massive help to me in supporting my role with the club, my business I set up during lockdown and just generally always wanted to help me.

I owe that in return with today just being the start. The boys did the family proud today on the pitch, now it’s about supporting the family and help put smiles on faces in what is a difficult time.

The Stevensons will always have a place at Nomads. Our attention now turns to next week’s game in which hopefully if ready DJ will make his return. A person I’m ever so proud of.”