After a successful pre-season series, Nantwich Town open up their Northern Premier Division campaign the exact same way they opened last season – as the Dabbers welcome Gainsborough Trinity to the Weaver Stadium.
Name: Gainsborough Trinity
Manager: Liam King
Stadium: The Northolme
Match: Nantwich Town vs Gainsborough Trinity
Competition: BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 17th August 2019
Last Time Out
Will Jaaskelainen’s first-half penalty save saw Nantwich Town retain the top spot with a scoreless draw at the Northolme in January 2019. Trinity won a penalty early on, but Ashley Worsfold’s poorly-struck effort was saved by Jaaskelainen in what was the best chance of the game. The Dabbers’ best effort of the afternoon came in the form of an audacious overhead volley attempt by captain Caspar Hughes.
Nantwich have a fairly good opening day record over the last five campaigns, with three wins and two defeats.
2018-19 – Nantwich Town 1-0 Gainsborough Trinity
2017-18 – Stalybridge Celtic 1-0 Nantwich Town
2016-17 – Nantwich Town 1-3 Mickleover Sports
2015-16 – Nantwich Town 6-3 Stamford
2014-15 – Buxton 0-1 Nantwich Town
However, the Dabbers will be looking for a repeat of their 2012-13 opener against Matlock Town, where Jimmy Quinn’s side thrashed Matlock Town at Causeway Lane. A brace from Kyle Wilson, added with Mark Beesley’s effort and a goal from Will Jones as well as a long-range strike from Sean Cooke helped the men in green to a sensational 5-0 victory.
Nantwich’s best opening day win came back in 1967, when Nantwich beat Radcliffe Borough Reserves 8-0 in the Manchester League.
Key Man – Ashley Worsfold (Forward)
Now in his fourth season at the club, having finished as Trinity’s top goalscorer in each of his first three seasons, two of those at National League North level. Worsfold began the campaign as the thirty-fifth top goalscorer in Gainsborough’s history and is looking to climb that list in the new campaign.
This Weekend’s Fixtures
Ashton United vs Atherton Collieries
Grantham Town vs FC United of Manchester
Hyde United vs Basford United
Lancaster City vs Stafford Rangers
Matlock Town vs Bamber Bridge
Mickleover Sports vs Stalybridge Celtic
Nantwich Town vs Gainsborough Trinity
Radcliffe vs South Shields
Scarborough Athletic vs Buxton
Warrington Town vs Morpeth Town
Whitby Town vs Witton Albion