By Ryan Batty:
After a minor setback in midweek, Nantwich Town return to league action this weekend as they host Coalville Town. A see-saw affair on Tuesday ended in defeat as a second-half brace from Steve Tames gave Witton Albion a 3-2 victory; resulting in Nantwich bowing out of the League Cup at the Second Round stage.
Nantwich Town vs Coalville Town
Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division
Weaver Stadium, Nantwich
2nd December 2017
Last Time Out
It was a scrappy tie that rocked back and forth throughout the ninety minutes, but it was Cheshire rivals Witton Albion who came out on top, coming from behind to win 3-2 and progressing in the League Cup at the Weaver Stadium. Michah Evans gave the visitors the lead early on but excellent strikes from Jamie Morgan and Steve Jones put Nantwich in front at the break. However, substitute Steve Tames netted twice in the final fifteen minutes to give Witton the win on a freezing night in South Cheshire.
Coalville arrive to this weekend’s clash in a below-average patch of form, taking just one win from their previous five league games. Last weekend wasn’t the best for Ravens supporters, as two converted penalties from Jon Parkin and a fine strike from Gary Martin gave York City the victory as Coalville bowed out of the FA Trophy at the Third Qualifying Round stage. Over the course of this season, they have won eight games and have lost twelve, giving them twenty-six points from their first twenty-two games. A win on Saturday could move them as high as twelfth, but a loss could see them drop to nineteenth, depending on results elsewhere.
The Manager – Tom Brooksbanks
Tom Brooksbanks is now in his third full campaign with Coalville after gaining promotion to the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division in 2015-16 via the playoffs. Tom is a highly respected and experienced coach at the level, having previously managed the likes of Carlton Town, Quorn, Stamford AFC and Loughborough Dynamo. He is joined on the touchline by assistant manager Mark Harvey, who has also spent time with Ilkeston, Mickleover and Belper, amongst Brooksbank’s former clubs.
Our Last Meeting
Goals from John Johnston, Sean Cooke and Tom Peers gave Nantwich a 3-0 victory against Coalville back in March. Johnston pounced on a long ball to put The Dabbers in front, and Cooke doubled the lead after a well-taken free-kick. Peers sealed the deal early in the second half as he slotted home a neat finish after picking up a bouncing ball. Five Dabbers from that side remain this season, as Joel Stair, Sam Hall, Matt Bell, Sean Cooke and Joe Mwasile all started, with Steve Jones an unused substitute on the day.
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