Following victories over Grantham Town and AFC Telford United, Nantwich Town are just one-hundred-and-eighty minutes away from their third ever appearance in the Emirates FA Cup First Round Proper.

Dave Cooke’s men arrive with four straight victories, including this week’s BetVictor Northern Premier Division victory over Matlock Town, where a Joe Malkin brace helped Nantwich turn around a one-goal deficit. Morpeth Town were without a midweek fixture, but their last outing was a 1-1 draw with Stafford Rangers.

The Opposition

Name: Morpeth Town
Nickname: The Highwaymen
Manager: Nick Gray
Stadium: Craik Park
2018-19 FA Cup: First Round Qualifying

Match Details

Match: Nantwich Town vs Morpeth Town A.F.C.
Date: Saturday 5th October 2019
Kick-off: 3.00pm
Competition: The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Qualifying
Stadium: The Weaver Stadium
Admission: £11/£8/£3

Last Time Out

Morpeth Town 1-1 Stafford Rangers
Craik Park
Morpeth’s last outing came last week as they hosted division strugglers Stafford Rangers. The visitors took the lead after ten minutes, as Joseph Berks was allowed to roam forward with the ball and he reached the edge of the area before unleashing a low angled drive that beat Dan Lowson and nestled in the bottom corner. Liam Henderson teed up Wayne Phillips just prior to the break, before Phillips crashed the ball home to level the proceedings. Joe Walton, the Highwaymen’s top scorer so far this season, went from hero to zero as he missed a late added-time penalty which would have secured all three points for the newly-promoted side.

Form Guide

Nantwich Town
Nantwich Town 3-1 Matlock Town
Nantwich Town 3-2 Lancaster City
AFC Telford United 0-3 Nantwich Town (Emirates FA Cup Second Round Qualifying)
Nantwich Town 3-2 Scarborough Athletic
Hyde United 2-0 Nantwich Town

Overall: Won 4; Drew 0; Lost 1

Morpeth Town

Morpeth Town 1-1 Stafford Rangers
Bradford Park Avenue 2-4 Morpeth Town (Emirates FA Cup Second Round Qualifying)
Morpeth Town 2-1 Buxton
Morpeth Town 3-1 Hyde United
Morpeth Town 3-2 Brighouse Town (Emirates FA Cup First Round Qualifying)

Overall: Won 4; Drew 1; Lost 0

In the Dugout

The main man behind the new era of success at Morpeth, Gray is going into his fourth season in charge of the side, having previously managed Seaton Delaval Amateurs for four years and Newcastle United academy. He guided the side to a fourth-place finish in his first year in charge, following that up with back to back promotions. His most notable achievement to date however was his FA Vase triumph, as his Morpeth side came from behind to beat Hereford 4-1 at Wembley in 2016. Gray has recently achieved his gained his UEFA ‘B’ licence and received the March Manager of the Month award during the 2018-19 season. 

Like a New Signing

Manager Dave Cooke has already revealed that sixteen-year-old Callum Parker will be involved in the squad for tomorrow’s clash, after a cracking start to the North-West Youth Alliance Division One season. As well as his league form, he also grabbed a brace in this week’s thrilling FA Youth Cup 6-5 victory against Ashton Athletic. The manager has noted Callum’s impressive attitude and form while training with the first-team and the entire club are incredibly proud for Callum’s involvement.

Follow the action

Nantwich Town will be providing radio coverage on their Mixlr stream, DabbersLive. You can listen to live and uninterrupted coverage at mixlr.com/NTFCLive.

In addition to the radio coverage, the game can be followed via the Dabbers’ minute-by-minute Twitter commentary, as well as Football Web Pages, where you can receive notifications to your phone whenever any major event happens in the game.