Nantwich Town’s fifth league fixture of the 2019-20 season is their second Cheshire derby of the season, as they take on local rivals Warrington Town.

The Dabbers welcome the Wire having fallen to their first defeat of the season at the weekend against newly-promoted Atherton Collieries, while Warrington will arrive in a better mood, after a 1-0 win at home to Mickleover Sports sees them sitting comfortably in fifth place.

The Opposition

Name: Warrington Town
Nickname: The Wire
Manager: Paul Carden
Stadium: Cantilever Park
Position: 5th

Match Details

Match: Nantwich Town vs Warrington Town
Date: Tuesday 3rd September
Competition: BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier Division
Stadium: The Weaver Stadium
Kick-Off: 7.45pm
Referee: Simon Brown

Our Last Meeting

The last meeting between the two sides will be one Nantwich fans will want to forget. The Northern Premier Division Play-Off Semi-Final pitted the two rivals together, and despite Callum Saunders giving Nantwich Town a half-time lead thanks to a spectacular overhead volley, Warrington were to make the better second-half adjustments as Ben Garrity’s brace helped the Yellows overcome their half-time deficit, the hosts winning 4-1 in front of a crowd just over 1,000.

Last Five Meetings

Warrington Town 4-1 Nantwich Town – 2018-19 (Play-Offs)
Warrington Town 3-3 Nantwich Town – 2018-19
Nantwich Town 2-1 Warrington Town – 2018-19
Warrington Town 0-0 Nantwich Town – 2017-18
Nantwich Town 2-1 Warrington Town – 2017-18

Form Guide

Atherton Collieries 3-1 Nantwich Town
Nantwich Town 3-0 Witton Albion
Buxton 1-2 Nantwich Town
Nantwich Town 2-1 Gainsborough Trinity

Played: 4; Won: 3, Drawn: 0; Lost: 1

Warrington Town 1-0 Mickleover Sports
Warrington Town 3-1 Bamber Bridge
Gainsborough Trinity 0-0 Warrington Town
Atherton Collieries 2-4 Warrington Town
Warrington Town 1-3 Morpeth Town

Played: 5; Won: 3, Drawn: 1; Lost: 1

In the Dugout – Paul Carden

Currently in his third year as manager, Paul Carden is a well-known figure at non-league level. Having managed Southport and Tranmere Rovers (the latter as caretaker only) on top of his time with the Yellows, the former defender is well-suited to being at the helm at Cantilever Park. During his time at Cambridge United, Carden was assistant manager as well as a player and was influential as the U’s reached Wembley in the Conference Premier Play-Off final back in 2008. He made over 100 appearances for Chester City back in the early 2000’s and the Liverpudlian will be hoping it will be third time lucky for his Warrington side, having missed out on play-off glory in the last two campaigns.

Key Player – Ben Garrity

Garrity is a name that won’t need too much introduction to Nantwich supporters, having scored a brace in the Play-Off semi-final back in April. However, speculation over the summer linked him away from Cantilever Park with a move to a Football League club looking likely. Despite these rumours, Garrity penned a two-year contract in the summer to remain at the centre of Paul Carden’s promotion blueprint. The midfielder was plucked from Liverpool amateur side Oyster AFC, and is a superb player to watch in the heart of the pitch.

Dabbers Connection – Louis Barnes

Louis is another name that won’t need much introduction to Nantwich fans, having spent 2018-19 with the Dabbers. Barnes is an attacking full-back who has played at National League level before joining the Dabbers in the summer of 2018. Despite his year-long spell at the club, Nantwich brought in Matty Devine from Witton Albion as Louis Barnes switched to Cantilever Park. The club will look forward to welcoming back Louis after a solid campaign at the Weaver Stadium.

View from the Dugout

Manager Dave Cooke recently spoke to the club’s website about the upcoming Cheshire derby with Warrington Town.

“Tuesday [when the Dabbers host Warrington] will be a real challenge. They’re going to be up there all season, and we have got to make sure we put that game [the defeat to Atherton] right on Tuesday. Warrington are going to be up there this season, there’s no doubt about it. It’s a great chance for us to pit our wits against one of the best teams in the league. We’ll get the chance to see how far we’ve come, or how far it will take to get where we want to be.”

You can read the full interview here.

This Week’s Fixtures

Bamber Bridge vs Atherton Collieries
Lancaster City vs FC United of Manchester
Matlock Town vs Grantham Town
Mickleover Sports vs Buxton
Morpeth Town P-P South Shields
Nantwich Town vs Warrington Town
Radcliffe P-P Ashton United
Stafford Rangers vs Basford United
Stalybridge Celtic P-P Gainsborough Trinity
Whitby Town vs Scarborough Athletic
Witton Albion vs Hyde United

*Postponed games are due to FA Cup Preliminary Round Replays