After a stoic victory at Bower Fold against Stalybridge Celtic in the BetVictor Northern Premier Division, Nantwich Town return to the Weaver Stadium to host Bamber Bridge in league competition.

The Opposition 

Name: Bamber Bridge
Nickname: The Brig
Manager: Jamie Milligan
Stadium: Irongate
Position: 13th (BetVictor Northern Premier League)

Match Details

Match: Nantwich Town vs Bamber Bridge
Competition: BetVictor Northern Premier League
Date: Saturday 1st February 2020
Kick Off: 3pm
Stadium: The Weaver Stadium
Admission: £11/£8/£3

Our Last Meeting

Nantwich confirmed their place in the next round of the FA Trophy with a confident 2-1 victory against Bamber Bridge. Goals from Joel Stair and Troy Bourne saw the Dabbers come from behind to win at The Weaver Stadium.

The Brig’s early pressure eventually paid off, poor defending from the Dabbers saw the ball given away in the midfield, leaving Gary Pett time to unleash a screamer from 25 yards out, leaving Greg Hall with no chance.

Nantwich’s first goal came against the run of play. Matty Devine was pulled down, earning the Dabbers a free-kick in a dangerous position. Sean Cooke stepped up to loft a ball onto the un-marked head of Joel Stair, who made no error in nodding the ball into the back of the net.

The equaliser gave the Dabbers the confidence they needed to play their flowing style of football. On the half-an-hour mark, Troy Bourne grabbed his second goal in two games since coming back into the side. David Webb’s cross into from the left side into the box fell all the way to the back post, leaving the youngster to head the ball home from 3 yards.

Last Time Out 

Nantwich Town secured a vital away win in a 2-0 victory at fellow play-off contenders Stalybridge Celtic.

First half goals from Joe Mwasile and Jimmy Lawrie proved the difference, as did the Dabbers dominant defending in the face of Stalybridge pressure in the second half.

It was no surprise that when the opening goal came, it was from the Dabbers after a strong start. The ball squirmed off a falling Ethon Varian to Mwasile, who played a clever one-two with Sean Cooke and squeezed the ball in smartly at the near post to the delight of the travelling support behind the goal, and the surprise of home keeper Alex Fojticek who thought he had his angles covered.

The second goal came from almost nothing, a seemingly routine throw-in from Matty Devine in Stalybridge territory went to Cooke, who made to go one way then went the other, playing a looping ball into the box that was tucked away by Jimmy Lawrie, who had snuck into the box unmarked with a Frank Lampard-style late run.

The Manager – Jamie Milligan

A product of the Everton academy, Milligan is perhaps best known for his spell with Fleetwood Town between 2005-2013, making just under 200 appearances for the Fishermen as they flew up the football pyramid. Milligan played for Fleetwood as they won five promotions in his spell with the club. He then had spells in the Greater Manchester region with Hyde, Stockport and FC United of Manchester before hanging up his boots in 2o19.

He was appointed at Irongate in December 2019.