By Steve Sharman:
Following defeats at home to Witton Albion and Coalville Town over the past week, the Dabbers have a chance to bounce back as they host Stourbridge at the Weaver Stadium tonight.
Nantwich Town vs Stourbridge
Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division
The Weaver Stadium
Tuesday 5th December 2017
Last Time Out:
Having taken an early lead through Joel Stair’s 13th minute header, the Dabbers were beaten 3-1 by Coalville Town on Saturday with the game marred by the sending off of forward Harry Clayton. Cleveland Taylor equalised for the Ravens midway through the first half despite an obvious foul on keeper Will Jaaskelainen, before Jermaine Hollis expertly volleyed into the top corner a minute before half time. Striker Daniel Creaney then sealed the points in the second half to make it a day to forget for Dave Cooke’s side.
Stourbridge arrive in Cheshire on the back of a defeat to Workington who scored a last minute winner against the Glassboys on Saturday. That loss was their second successive league one in a row and Stour ended November without a league win. However they recently progressed to the First Round of the FA Trophy after beating Bradford Park Avenue.
The Manager – Gary Hackett
Hackett is currently in his 15th successive season as Stourbridge manager. He guided them to a third place finish last season but saw his side beaten in the play-off final by Spennymoor. During his spell he has guided the club to two promotions in three seasons (2005/06 and 2007/08), and became the first manager to lead Stourbridge into the First Round Proper of the FA Cup in 2009/10 and the Third Round Proper last season as they were beaten by League Two side Wycombe Wanderers.
One To Watch – Luke Benbow
Currently on loan at the Glassboys from Conference North side Solihull Moors, Benbow scored 39 goals for Stour last season earning him a move to Moors. The big centre-forward has continued his impressive scoring form with Stour having netted four times in seven appearances so far this season. In the three games against the Dabbers last season, Benbow put in some impressive displays and in doing so scored three goals.
Our Last Meeting – Stourbridge 1-1 Nantwich Town
The Dabbers earned a creditable 1-1 draw at the War Memorial Ground in August and perhaps came away from the game thinking they could have earned all three points. However it was Stour who took an early lead as Jordan Archer took advantage of a rare slip from Joel Stair to cooly finish past the advancing Krystian Burzynski. Nantwich began the second half the brighter and deservedly equalised as Matt Bell fired Caspar Hughes pull back home. The Dabbers went on to create more opportunities as Kaiman Anderson, Harry Clayton and Sean Cooke all went close but were unable to find a winner.
A reminder if you aren’t able to get to the game then for regular updates, head to the club’s Twitter account @TheDabbers for minute by minute coverage.
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