By Steve Sharman:
It’s FA Cup action for the Dabbers this weekend as they turn their attention away from the league having lost their last three games against Stafford, Hednesford and Ashton United. They come up against Conference North side Nuneaton Town who they last played in the same competition back in 2011 in the fourth qualifying round as Matt Lowe’s solitary goal took the Dabbers to the first round for the first time in the club’s history.
Nantwich Town v Nuneaton Town
The Weaver Stadium
FA Cup Third Qualifying Round
Last Time Out:
Goals in the first half from former Dabbers Mat Bailey and Osebi Abadaki saw the Dabbers beaten 3-0 by Stafford Rangers at Marston Road on Tuesday night. Bailey headed in two minutes in before Abadaki fired in from the edge of the box, before Richard Gregory made it a night to forget as he curled in to the far corner midway through the second half. Sean Cooke had earlier missed a first half penalty for the visitors.
Nuneaton won just two games during September, coming against struggling Southport last Saturday and against Kings Lynn Town in the last round of the cup as striker Ashley Chambers netted hat tricks in both games. The Borough have yet to win an away game this season in the league as they currently sit 17th in the Conference North.
The Manager – Tommy Wright
Initially joined the club in a player-coach capacity in October 2016 before taking over in the hot-seat during the following month and overseeing a revival in fortunes. His playing career began at Leicester City where he came through the ranks before making 24 senior appearances. He began last season as player manager of Corby Town before parting ways due to a poor start to the campaign.
One to watch – Ashley Chambers (Forward)
Has scored hat tricks in the last two games with trebles in the second qualifying round tie against Kings Lynn Town and against Southport last weekend. Joined Nuneaton permanently in May 2017 after being released from Grimsby Town, having been on loan at the Borough throughout last season. The forward has plenty of Football League experience having previously played for York City, Cambridge United and Dagenham and Redbridge.
Our Last Meeting: Nantwich Town 1-0 Nuneaton Town (29/10/11)
A goalkeeping howler from Nuneaton’s Neil Collett gifted Nantwich Town their passage to the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history. Collett dropped Matt Lowe’s cross into his own goal just after the hour mark, despite being under no pressure from The Dabbers frontline. Nuneaton were dominant for much of the game but were unable to take any of their chances. The Dabbers had captain Chris Flynn sent off during the second half, and they could have doubled their lead as Niall Maguire hit the post late on.