By Ryan Batty
Dave Cooke will be looking for an immediate bounce-back following a disappointing 3-1 loss at home to Buxton as his Nantwich side travel to Rushall Olympic tomorrow. The Pics are always a tough opponent and will be another big test for Cooke’s young Nantwich side tomorrow afternoon.
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Last Time Out
Buxton are always a bogey team for Nantwich, and despite a hardworking show from the home side, The Dabbers fell short of their attempt to break the curse. Sean Cooke’s deflected free-kick put the home side in the lead after just three minutes, but an unlucky own goal from Joel Stair and a goal either side of half-time from in-form frontman Liam Hardy saw the Bucks take the three points for Nantwich’s first loss at the Weaver Stadium this season.
Rushall Olympic have had a pretty forgettable start to the new campaign, especially considering their fantastic beginning to last season. Two losses to Warrington and Grantham opened the season before a win at home to Stalybridge Celtic saw The Pics stir into life. A thrilling 4-4 draw with Barwell followed, but three successive league losses to Farsley Celtic, Stourbridge and Shaw Lane AFC leaves The Pics in 22nd position on four points.
The Manager – Wayne Thomas
Wayne Thomas might be a familiar name for local fans, as he represented Stoke City and Crewe Alex in his playing career. Making over 150 appearances and being a former club player of the year for the Potters, Thomas was a fantastic defender at the Championship level. Interestingly, Wayne played in two other future-Premier League clubs in Burnley and Southampton, making over 100 appearances combined for the two clubs. Thomas has managed in the USA for the New York Red Bulls Acadamy, was a coach at Kidderminster, and has a wealth of footballing knowledge and will be a tough manager to face.
The Stadium – Dales Lane
Dales Lane opened in 1977, and has seen many developments over the years. A well-stewarded car park awaits your arrival. Parking is £1. The Clubhouse (situated to the right as you enter the turnstiles) boasts a stylish and modern look. The Pics Pantry serves hot food, snacks and refreshments, and the match programme can be purchased for just £2.
Nantwich were victorious in the last meeting between the two sides, as a brace from Sean Cooke and a late third goal from Matt Bell helped give The Dabbers a deserved three points on the day.