FA CUP: Chairman hails ‘great achievement’

By Steve Sharman:

Chairman Tony Davison has heaped praise on manager Dave Cooke and his players ahead of the club’s FA Cup First Round tie away at Stevenage this weekend.

The Dabbers are making their second appearance in the First Round after the team faced MK Dons at the same stage back in 2011 which saw a 6-0 defeat to the League One side, and the chairman expressed his delight at seeing his club get this far again.

He said: “I am extremely proud. It is a great achievement for a club the size of Nantwich Town and  especially given the massive restructuring Dave Cooke has had to do with the squad.

“Dave, his coaches and the team have done a great job.

“It has generated TV, radio and press coverage we would normally never get.  It has dramatically raised our profile, not just locally but nationally.

“It’s up there with the FA Trophy run of two years ago.  We punched above our weight in that campaign and are repeating the feat this season.

“It’s not over yet though and I’m confident that we could make club history on Saturday.  We have everything to play for.”

The Dabbers have put in some fine performances in the competition so far seeing off City of Liverpool, Shepshed Dynamo, Nuneaton Town and Kettering Town, and on being asked for his favourite moment in the cup so far, there was only one winner.

“The win at Kettering.  It was nerve racking throughout the second half but we defended heroically and deserved the win.

“The atmosphere at the final whistle was electric.  A night to remember in NTFC history.”

Opponents on Saturday, Stevenage, have caused their own FA Cup upsets in the past seeing off Newcastle United in 2011, and the Chairman sees no reason why the Dabbers can’t do it themselves this year.

He said: “We have every chance.  We will be going there to win.  Dave is making sure we prepare properly.

“The team will be going down the day before, something we never normally do, giving them time to prepare and making sure we are fully focused on the game.

“If we play well we can win. It’s the FA Cup. Anything can happen.”

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