NORTH WEST COUNTIES FIRST DIVISION SOUTH
Sidibeh 1, 57, 77
Bickerton 7, 45
Dass 32, 54
STAFFORD TOWN 2
After a fantastic Boxing Day win away at Cheadle Town , Nomads were looking to put back to back wins together for the first time this season.
With Stafford Town just above Nomads in the league there was plenty riding on the game . You may have thought Cheadle would have started with some nerves but they got off to the best possible start when Adama Sidibeh netted after one minute after a crossed ball from Robel Kesete.
Nomads had started the game with a swagger and confidence and were looking vibrant and dangerous everytime they went forward . The home team were in dreamland when Bickerton doubled the lead on the 7th minute after arriving in the box . The first half was all Nomads and some of the passing and interchange was a joy to watch . Shipton and Kesete were providing the width whilst Shenton was controlling the midfield .
Somehow Nomads allowed Stafford a way back into the game after a sloppy mistake from Harrison Cunningham allowed Declan Arber to go through ok goal and slot the ball past Piper . Fortunately Dass was quickly able to restore the 2 goal difference after a dangerous cross from Sidibeh. The lead was increased to 4-1 after Bickerton again found himself in the box and finished cooly. It was the first start from Bickerton but he was completely justifying his selection with some calmness on the ball and went in at half time with 2 goals .
HT: NOMADS 4 Stafford Town 1
The second half began very much in the same vain as Nomads were starting to run riot . Sidibeh again found his striker partner Dass with a lovely weighted pass right into his path to make it 5-1. Stafford were finding it near impossible to cope with Sidibeh and he added two more goals in the 57th and 77th minutes . By this point the home side had introduced Deering , Whalley and Dyson . With plenty of games in January the full squad was being used and Deering scored a lovely goal after rolling the ball onto his left foot to make it 8-1. The away side scored a late consolation goal to make it 8-2 after a sloppy corner had been conceded .
What a performance from Nomads and a real statement made to the rest of the league . In truth the game could have been much more but still the 149 people in attendance watched a fine game of football . Notable performances from Shenton and Bickerton however it was difficult not to give man of the match to Sidibeh who had not only scored a hatrick himself but terrorised the Stafford defence and also created goals for his teammates.
FT: NOMADS 8 Stafford Town 2
After the game we spoke to manager Rory Fallon.
To win any game of football at any level 8-2 is a tremendous achievement and I take my hat off to the players. There was skill and endeavour throughout the game . I thought some of our football was a joy to watch at times and it was also pleasing to see the goals shared by a number of different players.
We all know we are still in a very precarious position in the league so must not rest on our laurels . This performance demonstrated what this squad is capable of going forward but we all know how important January is going to be.
We are making positives steps in the right direction but must keep going. Saturday at home to Eccleshall will be another huge game so attention turns to that one.
NOMADS: Piper, Kesete, Shipton, Warren, Cunningham, Ibrahim, Shenton, Graham, Sidibeh, Bickerton, Dass
Subs: Whalley, Pociask, Deering, Dyson, Byrnes
Rocester: Williams, Knott, Cartwright, Kelly, Bamba, Dudley, Brayford, James-White, Arber, Heath, Grimshaw
Subs: Bargota, Jessup, Bates, Hyatt, Wilson
MAN OF THE MATCH