After securing safety in the Evo-Stik Premier League last weekend, the Dollies return to Giant Axe this Saturday for a clash against Nantwich Town.
Nantwich Town currently sit in 4th place on 66 points. Five points above Gainsborough Trinity in 5th place, and a massive 13 points below Warrington Town in 2nd place. Nantwich have played 37 league games this season, winning 18, drawing 12 and losing seven.
Nantwich have been on mixed run of form recently. In their past five league games they have won two, drawn two and lost one. Lancaster will be hoping to exploit this unpredictable run of form and take all three points.
Nantwich’s previous three league fixtures:
6/4/19 – Nantwich Town vs Mickleover Sports – 2-3
30/3/19 – Workington vs Nantwich Town – 2-4
23/3/19 – Nantwich Town vs Grantham Town – 1-1
One to Watch – Sean Cooke
Town’s midfield maestro was the club’s top scorer in the 2016/17 and 2017/18 season. This current season has seen Sean continue his great goal scoring form. He has scored 11 goals in 28 league performances, putting him at the top of Nantwich’s goal scorers list. Sean began his career at Crewe Alex, but after having trials at Blackburn and Wigan he moved to Town for the 2011/12 season. He left for AFC Fylde in 2013, where he won the NPL Premier Division Player of the Year award and subsequently joined AFC Telford.
Cooke returned back to Nantwich on loan in late February 2015, where he played a vital part in helping the club keep their NPL Premier Division status. He joined FC United at the start of the 2015/16 season, but after being released, he returned to Town under former boss Phil Parkinson.
Lancaster will have to make sure he does not add to his impressive goal scoring tally.
The previous meeting between Lancaster and Nantwich was all the way back in August at the Weaver Stadium, and definitely a game to forget for the Blues.
The home side were three goals up by half time, thanks to a brace from Callum Saunders and a goal from Danny Glover.
The second half started well for City who managed to pull two goals back through Rob Wilson and Sam Bailey.
Before City had the opportunity to draw level, Glover scored again for Town, making the score 4-2 with 10 minutes to go.
But there was till more action to come. The Blues were given a penalty late on to grab a consolation goal. Unfortunately, Ryan Winder could not find the back of the net and the penalty was saved by the Nantwich keeper.
The match back in August finished 5-2 to Nantwich, but after a successful transitional period for the Dollies, this weekend’s reverse fixture will hopefully be a lot closer.