FA CUP: Match Preview: Stevenage vs Nantwich Town

By Ryan Batty:

For the second time in club history, Nantwich Town prepare to play in the First Round Proper of the FA Cup as they face Stevenage tomorrow afternoon. The last time The Dabbers were in the First Round, they came up short with a 6-0 defeat to MK Dons away from home. However, with Stevenage in an up-and-down form, and Nantwich performing well in the cup, Dave Cooke’s men have every chance of coming away with a good result to take back to Cheshire.

Match Details

Stevenage vs Nantwich Town
FA Cup 1st Round Proper
The Lamex Stadium, Stevenage
4th November 2017, 3.00pm

Ticket Prices

Adults – £22
Concessions – £20
16-21 – £12
U16s – £10
U12 – £8

Last Time Out

Despite a promising first half, a sending off for The Dabbers left them with too much to do in the FA Trophy against Rushall Olympic last weekend. The men in green were probably the better side throughout the first half, but skipper Sam Hall’s controversial red card led to the first goal, as Rushall man Joe Hull headed past Jaaskelainen on the verge of half-time. A penalty was awarded to Rushall with just under fifteen minutes to go, which Richard Brodie powered in, despite Jaaskelainen guessing right.

The Opposition

Stevenage currently sit in eleventh in League 2 and are three points from the playoffs in the English fourth tier, but have only picked up six points from their last six games, and are currently winless in their last two games.

The Manager – Darren Sarll

Darren Sarll joined the Stevenage management team in 2015 to coach under then-manager Teddy Sheringham’s regime. He had held the role of Head of Youth since 2012. After Sheringham’s departure in February 2016, he was in interim charge until the end of the season, before being promoted to a permanent role. As a player, Sarll played in midfield in the non-league system, appearing for the likes of Bedford Town, St Albans City and Dunstable Town, among others.

Key Man – Danny Newton

Danny Newton joined the club in the summer, and is the club’s top league scorer with six goals. The forward has scored five goals with the left foot, and one with his right foot. The twenty-six-year-old has appeared for Nuneaton and Tamworth and has made a name playing in the non-league system. Furthermore, Dabbers fans may remember him as he spent time at Barwell back in 2013, making a firm impression after scoring fourteen goals in nineteen games.

History Books

Nantwich have plenty of FA Cup history dating back over a century. The club first entered the competition back in the 1888-89 campaign where they won 7-1 in the first qualifying round, before a 12-0 loss to Chirk eliminated them. Over the next century, The Dabbers came up against the likes of Crewe Alex and Port Vale, before Nantwich made some FA Cup history.

In 1995-96, in a qualifying round tie against Droylsden, local school teacher Andy Locke came off the bench and scored a hat-trick in two minutes and twenty seconds. It remains the quickest hat-trick scored in 146 years of FA Cup football.

The last time Nantwich made the first round was back in 2011-12 as Jimmy Quinn guided The Dabbers to an away tie against high-flying MK Dons, but unfortunately, weren’t able to upset the strong Dons side. Interestingly, Sean Cooke was on the pitch at stadium.mk that day, and is the only member of the current squad who featured back in 2011.

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