INTERVIEW: Cooke: ‘It’s the most important game of the season’

By Steve Sharman:

Boss Dave Cooke says the semi-final against Stalybridge Celtic is the club’s most important game of the season as the Dabbers look to make the final for the second season in a row.

Cooke’s side have beaten Sandbach United and Crewe Alexandra so far in the competition and he says a good start against Stalybridge will be vital if they are to progress.

He said: “If we come out the traps quickly and we get a one or two goal lead then we will have a great chance. It’s the most important game of the season, if we can win tonight and get to the final and win, what a cracking season we would have had.”

With a number of recent injuries to players, youngsters Kallam Boyle and Declan O’Riordan put in impressive performances in Saturday’s defeat to Rushall and the manager says the pair will be given plenty more chances in the near future.

“Kallam was deservedly the man off the match on Saturday but we won’t get carried away. Some of these lads will be involved in pre-season and they will have every opportunity at Nantwich Town FC to progress their career. You only have to look at the likes of Troy Bourne and Jamie Morgan at how much they have both improved.

“The lads are are willing to learn, not only from me but the coaching staff and experienced players. At the moment in time its great to be involved at Nantwich Town.”

As well playing the youngsters, assistant manager Danny Griggs and player/coach Steve Jones have also played a part in recent games and Cooke believes the pair still have plenty to offer on the pitch.

“Steve has shown in the last few games how important he can be when he’s fit. He can still produce it just not every single week obvious because of his age.

“Danny is the same, he’s come in over the last week and done a job, but perhaps the Rushall game was one too many for him! ”

A reminder that tonight’s game is reduced admission with Adults charged at £5, Concessions at £3 and U16s £1. The club will have full coverage of the game on Twitter and live updates will be provided on the website.

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