By Ryan Batty:
Nantwich Town are back in action this weekend as they face a Christmas Eve ‘Eve’ trip to fifth-placed Workington. The Dabbers haven’t been in action for almost three weeks due to various postponements, but they were victorious last time out against Stourbridge, as a goal from debutant Jordan Cole and another from Harry Clayton powered Dave Cooke’s side to victory. Workington, on the other hand, were excellent in their last outing, beating Hartlepool United 1-0 to knock The Pools out of the FA Trophy.
Workington AFC vs Nantwich Town
Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division
Borough Park, Workington
23rd December 2017
Workington are living up to all pre-season expectations as the promotion hopefuls sit in fifth, just five points of first-placed Altrincham. However, the winning must continue as only Grantham have played the same amount of games as The Reds in the top five – the rest all have games in hand. To be fair to Workington, they are on an incredible stretch of fourteen games without defeat (in all competitions), and The Dabbers must be on top form to come out with all three points.
The Managers – Dave Hewson and Lee Andrews
The duo originally started as assistant managers at the club, but were promoted to the joint-manager role after the departure of Derek Townsley. Andrews joined Workington in 2008, after previous stints with Carlisle, Rochdale, York and Torquay, and made over 200 appearances for Workington. Andrews, another Reds favourite, has been at the club even longer, his time stretching back to 2003.
Key Man – Scott Allison
Scott is in fine form for the Reds this season, with seventeen goals in all competitions, eleven of which come in League action. Allison is a prolific forward, as he was also Workington’s top scorer in 2015-16. The forward also got on the scoresheet three times when Workington met Altrincham in October in an excellent 5-2 victory over the Robins that could have a domino effect as the rest of the season plays out. Dave Cooke will be looking for a strong performance from his defence to cut out the threat of Allison.
Away Fans’ Guide
For a full, detailed guide on how to get to Workington and full information regarding the trip, please take the time to look at our Away Fans’ Guide, which you can find here.
Our Last Meeting
Goals from Harry Clayton and Jordan Davies gave Nantwich a brilliant 2-0 victory over Workington earlier in the season. Clayton gave Nantwich the lead after 38 minutes after a cross from Matt Bell, and Davies doubled the lead after another assist from Matt Bell early in the second half. Nantwich will be hoping for a similar performance this weekend as they continue their search for points to climb the league table.