It’s been 189 days since the Dabbers played their last competitive match, this was a 1-0 loss at home to South Shields. However, it soon turned out that the result didn’t really matter as days later the season was void due to the pandemic.
On Saturday, league football makes its long awaited return as Nantwich make the trip to Broadhurst Park to face FC United Of Manchester in their opening fixture of the newly named “Pitching In Northern Premier League”. Due to COVID guidelines the maximum capacity is 500 of which The Dabbers have been given just 90 tickets, they have now gone on general sale.
Saturdays hosts had a successful season last time out, as they were sat comfortably in second place before the FA pulled the plug on the league. This was largely thanks to the performances of Tunde Owolabi who finished as the highest scorer in the league with 28 goals, however the rest of the teams in the league would have been delighted when he moved to Scotland to play for Scottish Premier league side, Hamilton Academical during the off-season. FC United will be certainly be hearing into heading into the season as one of the favorites for promotion to Dave Cooke’s men will have to be at their best to get anything from the game.
The Dabbers have had a mixed pre season campaign, picking up wins against Newcastle Town and Crewe Alexandra but then also losing to four other sides. However, in pre season results don’t really matter and gaffer Dave Cooke will certainly be picking out the positives as his side look to push on get into the those play off spots at the end of the season.
It should be a cracking game on Saturday and with the last meeting between the two sides ending in defeat for The Dabbers, they will certainly be looking to get their revenge next time out.