By Fred Dobberson:
While Nantwich Town’s season is just a week away, they do have their final challenge of pre-season in front of them as they take on Northern Premier League Division One outfit Leek Town at the Weaver Stadium.
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Stadium: Weaver Stadium, Waterlode, Nantwich, CW5 5BS
Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 10th August
Admission: Adults: £5; Concessions: £3; U16s: £1 (or free with a paying adult)
Name: Leek Town Football Club
Nickname: The Blues
Manager: Neil Baker
Ground: Harrison Park
Last Season: 3rd (NPL Division 1 West)
A Deeper Look
The 2018/19 season saw the Blue’s respectively finish 3rd in the NPL First Division West. Saturdays fixture marks the end of Leek’s tough pre-season campaign as they prepare for their first game against Wisbech Town in a weeks time. Leek’s pre-season has seen them take on the likes of Port Vale, Macclesfield Town and the Stoke City U23s squad. Their last fixture was a 2-1 victory over Buxton FC. The Blue’s boast an international player in their side, former Dabber’s goalkeeper, Ben Chapman who has represented the British Virgin Island’s squad on a number of occasions.
In the Dugout
Manager Neil Baker is a well respected figure at Harrison Park. Currently in his third spell in charge of the club, Baker has previously spent time as an assistant manager and chief scout at League Two side Crewe Alexandra. Baker’s assistant, Peter Ward has vast experience in non-league football, and has also had a spell in charge of The Dabbers.
Report to be published soon.