The Dabbers are back in action after a much-welcomed week off. Here, we have a look at what to expect from this Saturday’s league clash with Basford United at the Optimum Pay Stadium.
All About That Basford
Basford are in great form, having won their last 5 matches in all competitions and conceding only one goal in that run. This came after they failed to win any of their first six league matches meaning they sit 9th in the table, so while it may have taken them a while to hit their stride, they are flying now and on the sort of form that Dave Cooke will be hoping isn’t too far around the corner for Nantwich.
They have recorded wins over Stalybridge, Lancaster and Gainsborough in recent weeks, and have knocked Stourbridge and Mickleover out of the FA Cup to face our last opponent Banbury in the Third Qualifying Round.
Last Time Out
In one of the final games pre-lockdown, the Dabbers came out on top in a midweek trip to Basford in March 2020, winning 2-0 thanks to two second half goals. The first was a long distance screamer from Prince Haywood six minutes from time, flying into the top left corner after a good advantage was played by the ref. Then, a mistake from the goalkeeper meant Joe Malkin had a simple finish to bend in from outside the box into an open goal. Highlights from that game can be watched below:
Player to watch
Rev James and Kane Richards would be the two to look out for on Saturday. Striker James has 3 goals and 3 assists in 10 appearances, with midfielder Richards with 3 goals and 2 assists in 8, including a goal in each of Basford’s last two games. It may also end up being a battle of the manager father and player son combinations, with midfielder Callum Chettle in the Basford squad being the son of manager Steve Chettle.
Date/Time/Location: 25th September, 15:00, Optimum Pay Stadium
Opponent info: Basford United, manager Steve Chettle, league position 9th
Tickets: Still available by clicking here