Nantwich Town get their Emirates FA Cup campaign underway this afternoon at the Weaver Stadium, as they host fellow BetVictor Northern Premier Division side Grantham Town at the First Round Qualifying stage.

The Dabbers sit above Grantham in the table, sitting in 9th place to Grantham’s 11th and will be looking to bounce back after Tuesday night’s defeat to Warrington Town in League competition. Grantham arrive at the Weaver following a 2-2 draw with Matlock Town.

The Opposition

Name: Grantham Town
Nickname: The Gingerbreads
Manager: Paul Rawden and Russel Cousins
Stadium: South Kesteven Sports Stadium
Position: 11th
2018-19 The Emirates FA Cup: Second Round Qualifying

Match Details

Match: Nantwich Town vs Grantham Town
Date: Saturday 7th September
Kick-Off: 15:00
Competiton: The Emirates FA Cup First Round Qualifying
Stadium: The Weaver Stadium
Admission: £11/£8/£3

Our Last Meeting

The Dabbers will be looking to go one better than in their last encounter with the Gingerbreads, where they were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw back in March at the Weaver Stadium. The play-off-chasing Dabbers took the lead in first-half stoppage time through a Sean Cooke penalty, awarded for a foul on Joe Malkin. Relegation-battling Grantham battled back though, equalising in the 65th minute, with Shane Benjamin capitalising on a rebound to rescue a point for the Lincolnshire side.

Head-To-Head

Nantwich Town 1-1 Grantham Town (2018-19)
Grantham Town 2-3 Nantwuch Town (2018-19)
Grantham Town 0-0 Nantwich Town (2017-18)
Nantwich Town 3-1 Grantham Town (2017-18)
Grantham Town 0-4 Nantwich Town (2016-17)

Form Guide

Nantwich

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

Played: 5 Won: 3 Drawn: 0 Lost: 2

Grantham

Grantham Town 3-2 FC United of Manchester
Stafford Rangers 1-1 Grantham Town
Barton Town 1-3 Grantham Town (FA Cup Preliminary Round Qualifying)
Grantham Town 1-0 Basford United
Grantham Town 0-4 Whitby Town
Matlock Town 2-2 Grantham Town

Played: 6 Won: 3 Drawn: 2 Lost: 1

In The Dugout – Paul Rawden and Russel Cousins

Management duo Rawden and Cousins are enjoying a good start to their first full season in charge of the Gingerbreads, making a big impact since their appointment back in February, managing to save Grantham from a relegation battle. The pair arrived from Harrowby United and both have a long history in non-league football. Cousins turned out for Eastwood Town and Grantham during his playing career before it was cut short due to injury, where he transitioned into management, becoming a youth coach at Grantham. Management jobs at Radford Olympic and Harrowby followed before his eventual appointment at the Gingerbreads. Likewise, Rawden also has strong ties to non-league football, managing at Eastwood Town, Dunkirk FC and Kimberley Miners Welfare.

Key Man – Craig Westcarr

Westcarr is a man in form this season, with the veteran striker netting four goals from six appearances so far this campaign and will pose as the main attacking threat against the Dabbers in this cup clash. The 34-year-old dangerman has turned out for many sides during his career in both league and non-league football. Most notably Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth and Notts County, lifting the Football League Two championship at the latter. Capped at Under-18 level for England, Westcarrr has enjoyed spells at non-league outfits such Alfreton Town, Boston United and Matlock Town before arriving at Grantham in 2019.