All attention turns to the Buildbase FA Trophy for the Dabbers this Saturday, as we take on Barwell FC at the Optimum Pay Stadium (3pm kick-off) in the Third Qualifying Round. Let’s look ahead at what this tie could bring.

Bar you well? I thought you were

There’s a few similarities between the two teams that crop up when looking at Barwell. Like Nantwich, they are currently sitting in 15th place in their league, the Southern League Premier Central (for context, Banbury United who knocked us out of the FA Cup are 3rd in the same division), and like Nantwich the form has been erratic, a good recent victory over Rushden and Diamonds was partial redemption after a punishing 7-0 defeat to Biggleswade Town a couple of games earlier. It could be said that both teams are glad to have a different competition to focus on as struggles in the league continue to frustrate.

There’s a large asterisk that should be attached to all of Barwell’s form, however. Due to work at their stadium, they have played every game away from home this season so far. They are due to play on their new pitch for the first time the Saturday after this tie, so will be eager to use home advantage to slingshot them up the league.

Last Time Out

Despite the random nature of large cup draws, the drawing of this tie surely raised a few eyebrows on both sides as its such a short time since our last meeting, in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round. Played in truly atrocious conditions in October 2020, it was the Dabbers who made it through the puddles to win 1-0. James Lawrie saw a penalty saved but was bailed out by Joe Mwasile who scored at the back post shortly before half-time. Highlights of that tie are available below:

Players to Watch

Striker Ben Stephens has 7 goals in just 9 appearances this season and with the ever-changing nature of the Dabbers defence due to injuries and new signings, if picked he will be looking to add to that impressive return thus far.

Match Information

Tickets are priced at £11/£8/£3 for adults/concessions/under 16s, and are available to buy here