Following his side’s disappointing defeat to Atherton Collieries, manager Dave Cooke believes Nantwich will be ready to “dust themselves off” and “go again” in Tuesday’s Cheshire derby against Warrington Town in BetVictor Northern Premier Division action.

The Dabbers went 2-0 down to Atherton in the first half, before James Lawrie’s goal before half-time gave the visitors a lifeline going into the second period. Despite knocking on the door for the entirity of the second period, Atherton put the game to bed in stoppage time with a third goal on the break as Nantwich fell to their first defeat of the campaign.

After the weekend’s defeat to the Colls, Cooke was disappointed to come out without three points.

“I was disappointed given the start we’ve had, and I don’t think we lost because of overconfidence or anything like that.

“I had gone to watch Atherton last week, and I knew they would be a very well-organised unit, as they proved against us, but we should have had enough to get all three points.

“However, football doesn’t always work where you can have a sending off or one or two bad refereeing decisions, or even when one player isn’t on it on the day and the rest of the side can carry them through. All in all, I wasn’t happy with the result.”

Despite falling to recently-promoted Atherton, Cooke believes that the defeat will help the Dabbers going forward.

“We had the lion’s share of the play, there’s no question about that. While saying that, we learn more about ourselves in defeat than in victory.

“There were a few things that we didn’t do right, when chasing the game they managed to grab the third in injury time.

“It was never a 3-1 game, but we should never have been chasing the game at 2-0 and 2-1 down.

“It was a good learning curve and the lads have got to dust themselves off and must be ready to go again on Tuesday.”

With nine points from the first four games, Cooke reckons that Tuesday’s Cheshire derby with Warrington is a chance to put things right.

“We would have taken nine points from the first four games at the start. Four very difficult games, but in that sense we cannot be satisfied with any defeat.

“Tuesday [when the Dabbers host Warrington] will be a real challenge. They’re going to be up there all season, and we have got to make sure we put that game [the defeat to Atherton] right on Tuesday.”

Cooke admits, however, that Warrington will bring a stern test to the Weaver and it will be a good measure for his 2019-20 Nantwich Town side.

“Warrington are going to be up there this season, there’s no doubt about it.

“It’s a great chance for us to pit our wits against one of the best teams in the league.

“We’ll get the chance to see how far we’ve come, or how far it will take to get where we want to be.”

Finally, Cooke spoke briefly about the FA Cup, after Nantwich Town were pitted against Grantham Town in the First Round Qualifying stage.

“All we wished for was a home draw, which we managed to get.

“However, it’s not in anybody’s mind until after Tuesday evening.”

Make sure you are at the Weaver Stadium this Tuesday evening to see Nantwich Town host Warrington Town in what has the potential to be a pulsating Cheshire derby early in the new season. Admission is priced at £11 for adults, £8 for concessions and £3 for U16s, or free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.