After a couple of tough National League challenges in the cups in the last week, it’s back to league action this Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) as we face Lancaster City at the Optimum Pay Stadium. Let’s take a look at what to expect from this match.

The Weakest Lanc?

Lancaster are solidly mid-table in the Northern Premier League, sitting 13th on 28 points after 21 games. They have 6 points from their last 6 matches, and there have been some really contrasting results in there. An impressive 1-0 win over league leaders Buxton was followed the next game by a 5-1 thrashing by Warrington at the start of December. Their last league game was another good win over Basford by a goal to nil, and as they have only drawn once in the league all season, it’s hard to know what team will turn up in Cheshire on Tuesday.

Like the Dabbers, Lancaster also made it to the Third Round of the FA Trophy on Saturday, but also like the Dabbers they were defeated, losing 5-3 on penalties to Morpeth after a thrilling 3-3 draw.

Last Time Out

Our last meeting was a largely uneventful goalless draw in Lancashire in February 2020, so instead we’ll look back at our last home meeting which was a lot more exciting. A 3-2 Dabbers win in September 2019 saw Joe Malkin open the scoring after 5 minutes, only for Brad Carsley to equalise 3 minutes later. Luke Walsh dinked Nantwich back into the lead before we’d even played a quarter of an hour, before making it 3 just before half time, and the Dabbers were able to hold out even after Lancaster pulled a goal back. Highlights of that one are available below:

Players to Watch

Robert Wilson is Lancaster’s set piece expert, scoring from the spot on multiple occasions this season and also delivering devilish corners and free kicks, so he will be one to watch on any dead ball situations that Lancaster get tomorrow.

Match Information

As always, tickets are available on the Nantwich website here. It’s our last home game of a tough 2021, so come along and help the boys finish the year on a high!