It’s that time of year again, and in keeping with the rest of 2020, it’s a little bit later than we all expected, but this year’s fixtures are here and Dabbers supporters can start to get excited. Here, we run through the fixtures to look out for.

We start the season on 19th September with a tasty looking fixture, away at FC United of Manchester. Both teams were challenging strongly for promotion before last season was cut short, with the last meeting between the two sides full of the tension that those kind of stakes can bring.

Our first league game at the Weaver Stadium will be against Stalybridge Celtic a week later on the 26th, followed by another home match against Buxton on the following Tuesday.

Local derbies

The always popular matches against fellow Cheshire sides Witton Albion and Warrington Town kick off with a trip to Cantilever Park to face Warrington on 20th October, with the reverse fixture on 20th February.

The two Witton matches fall at crucial points of the season. The home fixture is scheduled for New Years’ Day at the Weaver Stadium, where with fingers crossed we hope the current crowd restrictions are a thing of the past as it would surely be a bumper crowd to see in 2021.

And the visit to Witton comes on the penultimate match of the season, on Monday 3rd May, the May Day bank holiday, and depending on league standings it could be one of the most important derbies in years.

Christmas

Other than the Witton match on New Years’ Day, the Christmas period kicks with an away trip to Grantham Town on 19th December.

And then on Boxing Day, which falls on a Saturday this year, Dave Cooke will take his side to another local side, Stafford Rangers.

The Run-In

The final five matches that will decide the standings start with the reverse match against FC United on 17th April, then an away trip to Yorkshire to play Whitby Town on the 24th.

The last three matches fall in a potentially crucial seven-day spell. On Saturday 1st May, there is a home match against Grantham Town, then two days later, the away derby against Witton.

Nantwich’s league season concludes with a home match against Gainsborough Trinity, the same fixture that we started the 19/20 season with.

All these fixtures are of course subject to change, but it is set to be a thrilling season that is only three weeks away.