Match Preview: Whitby Town vs Nantwich Town

By Ryan Batty:

Nantwich Town return to league action this weekend as they travel to the coast to take on Whitby Town. The Dabbers are coming off a free week after last weekend’s fixture with Matlock Town was postponed, before that, Dave Cooke’s men upset Crewe Alex as they won 2-1 after extra time in Cheshire Senior Cup action. Whitby, however, arrive on the back of a 2-2 draw with Stafford Rangers away from home.

Match Details
Whitby Town vs Nantwich Town
Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division
Turnbull Ground, Whitby
17th February 2018

Ticket Prices
Adults: £10
Concessions: £6
U18s: £3 (U16s free when accompanied by a full-paying adult)

Last Time Out
An extra time strike from Matt Bell saw Nantwich Town overcome League Two neighbours Crewe Alexandra 2-1 in the Cheshire Senior Cup Quarter-Final. Substitute Bell fired a low effort past Alex keeper Dave Richards in the 115th minute after the game ended all square after 90 minutes following goals in the first half from Daniel Barlaser and Harry Clayton.

The Opposition
Whitby Town have had a rather poor campaign this year, sitting in 20th, despite finishing just two points off the playoffs last season. Their usual excellent home form has been patchy as well this season, taking just five wins at home. However, their last home outing was a good one, as a five-star performance led the Seasiders to a 5-0 drubbing of Halesowen Town. The Dabbers must be wary of tomorrow’s hosts as they always have a tendancy to give the Dabbers a tough challenge. History between the two sides is split right down the middle, with the Dabbers recording two wins from the two sides’ last five meetings, two wins for Whitby and one draw, which means tomorrow’s encounter could go either way.

The Manager – Chris Hardy
Known as ‘Chardy’, Chris was appointed in December 2015 as Darren Williams’ successor. He is a big advocate of free-flowing football and encourages his teams to play a sharp passing game, with an eye on fitness. Chris had an impressive spell in charge of local rivals Guisborough Town before joining the Seasiders, taking them from perennial second division strugglers in the Northern League to title challengers in the first division.

Key Man – Junior Mondal (Forward)
After getting fully match fit, Junior has hit top form with the Seasiders. A tricky player with an eye for goal, the attacker is certainly capable of creating something from nothing. The winger was released by Middlesbrough but Whitby were quick to snap him up and the attacker is starting to repay the faith shown by Hardy and the management staff at the Turnbull Ground.

Away Fans’ Guide
If you’re planning to make the trip to Whitby tomorrow, please take a look at our Away Fans’ Guide here.

This Weekend’s League Fixtures
Altrincham vs Sutton Coldfield Town
Barwell vs Ashton United
Coalville Town vs Lancaster City
Farsley Celtic vs Stafford Rangers
Marine vs Halesowen Town
Matlock Town vs Witton Albion
Rushall Olympic vs Workington
Stalybridge Celtic vs Hednesfrod Town
Stourbridge vs Buxton
Warrington Town vs Mickleover Sports
Whitby Town vs Nantwich Town

Our Last Meeting
Clayton McDonald’s early bullet header gave Nantwich Town all three points on a chilly afternoon at the Weaver Stadium back in November. Matt Bell’s free-kick was lifted into the area and McDonald powerfully headed home, leaving the keeper with no chance. The Seasiders had the opportunity to equalise through a penalty, but Matthew Tymon’s weak effort was saved comfortably by Will Jaaskelainen.


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