INTERVIEW: Manager Dave Cooke looks ahead to Warrington semi-final

By Steve Sharman:

Manager Dave Cooke says his players will give the upcoming play-off semi-final at Warrington their best shot as they take on their Cheshire rivals on Tuesday evening for a place in Saturday’s final.

The Dabbers ended the normal season in fourth place setting up a clash with the Yellows and Cooke believes it will be an entertaining spectacle.

He said: “It’s a massive game for the club. We have talked about the play-offs for a long time because we have been up there all season. But you could get there on a Tuesday night and if you’re not right or you don’t have a little bit of luck or you don’t play well then all that talk for nine months is over in 90 minutes.

“But it’s on us now. We weren’t right on Saturday [at Basford] but I think the players had half a mind on Tuesday’s game. We came out of that game with no injuries or suspensions and that’s what I wanted to come out with.

“Focus is now on preparing the lads for the game and of course we will give it our best shot.

“[Warrington] have been up there all year and perhaps are unlucky not to have won the league. The points total that they have got, in most leagues would win it.

“We know about them like they know about us and they have a top top manager in Paul Carden. But it will be on the night and I am sure it will be a cracking game of football.”

Kick off on Tuesday evening is at 7.45pm with admission for the game set at Adults: £10, Concessions: £6 and U16s at £2.

For those who are unable to make it, you can follow coverage on the club’s social media channels or by listening to uninterrupted coverage on DabbersLive by visiting

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