By Ryan Batty:
After a postponement last weekend, Nantwich return to action this weekend, raring to go as they host Stalybridge Celtic in a crucial six-pointer at the bottom of the table. The visitors arrive without a win on their travels all season, while The Dabbers are in good form, with four wins in their last six in all competitions.
Nantwich Town vs Stalybridge Celtic
Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division
Weaver Stadium, Nantwich
Saturday 16th December 2017
U16s: £3 (Free if accompanied by one full-paying adult)
Stalybridge Celtic are perhaps one of the surprises of the season, but for mostly the wrong reasons. After relegation from the National League North last season, many expected Celtic to be in the push to return to the sixth tier at the first attempt, yet their odds to win promotion lie quite long, sitting in 21st, just a point above bottom-side Sutton Coldfield. Celtic haven’t won on their travels all season, but while Nantwich could be fancying their chances, they mustn’t forget the challenges that can come against any side in this division. The two sides have already met this season, back on the first day of the campaign, where Nantwich fell to an unfortunate 1-0 defeat, despite solid defending from the youthful backline.
The Manager – Steve Burr
A former excellent non-league striker, Steve Burr took the reigns of Stalybridge back in July, but has also managed the club before, taking them to the brink of the National League. His playing career saw him play for Stafford Rangers, Macclesfield, Nuneaton and Halifax Town, amongst others. He began his venture into management back in 2001 (he had previously been a player-manager at Nuneaton), and has managed Kidderminster, Hucknall and Southport, on top of two spells with Celtic.
Key Man – Theo Bailey-Jones (Forward)
Theo comes as one of Steve Burr’s summer transfers after a fantastic pre-season with the club. He came through the youth ranks at Manchester City, with spells at Crewe Alexandra and Northwich Victoria on his release. While at Irlam Town, he spent time on trial with Wrexham, and impressed enough to earn a first-team place. He also spent time on loan at Colwyn Bay and Macclesfield. A dynamic forward who can also play on the wing, he has scored eight goals this season and will be a tricky challenge for Nantwich’s defence.
Our Last Meeting
Our last meeting with Stalybridge was back on the first day of the 2017-18 campaign, where a goal from Alex Honeyball was enough to separate the two sides despite a hard-fought performance by The Dabbers. The goal came from a corner as Oli Roberts’ floated cross found Honeyball, who headed home into Spiess’s top-right corner.« Back to all news