Scarborough Athletic Vs Nantwich Town – Match Preview
After being defeated by Marine in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round Qualifying on Tuesday night, The Dabbers return to league action as we make the long trip to the Flamingo Land Stadium to face Scarborough Athletic.
Season so far –
Nantwich have only played three games in the league so far, this is down to their FA Cup run and also coronavirus issues. However, the games they have played have been relatively successful as they have picked up two wins and a draw, the draw was on the first day of the season away at FC United where Sean Cooke’s equaliser gave the sides a share of the spoils. The victories have come against Stalybridge Celtic and more recently against Buxton where Joel Stair’s late header completed a dramatic comeback for The Dabber. Saturday’s hosts sit a place below Nantwich after a mixed start to their Northern Premier League campaign. They have picked up wins against Atherton Collieries who they beat 2-0 away from home on the opening day of the season, they also beat Stalybridge Celtic 3-0, much like The Dabbers. The Seadogs will however be coming into the game off the back two losses against Witton Albion & Buxton so they will certainly be looking to get back to winning ways.
Player to watch – Nathan Cartman
The Scarborough striker has got off to a flying start to the campaign since joining from National League North side Farlsey Celtic during pre-season. Cartman has already fired in four goals this season in his sides first five games, including a brace against Atherton Collieries on the opening day to give his side a 2-0 victory. Cartman also scored a week later when he found the net after just three minutes in his sides 3-0 win against Stalybridge. With only South Shields forward Jason Gilchrist scoring more times that Cartman so far this season, the Dabbers defence will certainly have to be at their best to stop the former Darlington man from finding the net as looks to continue his blistering form in front of goal.
Last time we met –
The sides last met earlier this year on a bitterly cold Saturday afternoon in early January. A thunderous Ryan Watson freekick from 20 yards out that arrowed into the top right corner gave the hosts the lead, However, The Dabbers thanks to Joe Mwaslie’s acrobatic effort from point blank range. The game ended 1-1, although the result didn’t really mean anything as only two months later the season was abandoned.
Despite crashing out of the FA Cup on Tuesday, Dave Cooke will take confidence from his sides almost perfect league form as they make the long trip up North. The hosts on the other hand will be looking to bounce back after suffering back to back losses in the league.
Scarborough Athletic information:
Nickname: The Seadogs
Ground: Flamingo Land Stadium, Scarborough Sports Village, Ashburn Road, YO11 2JW
Ground capacity: 2,833 (586 seated)
Closest train station: Scarborough Railway Station is approximately 1 mile from the ground