Nantwich hope to close gap to play-offs places

Crewe Guardian: Nantwich hope to close gap to play-offs places Nantwich hope to close gap to play-offs places

NANTWICH Town host current table-toppers Skelmersdale United on Saturday.

Tommy Lawson’s men won the two teams’ previous meeting this season back in August.

The Dabbers’ 14th position in the Evo-Stik Premier Division standings might have been better had they not lost to Ashton United 1-0 last night and had they made the most of hosts King’s Lynn goalkeeper Alex Street’s dismissal during Saturday’s goalless draw.

Dale Johnson's 30th minute strike against manager Danny Johnson's former club consigned Nantwich to their first loss in their last six outings. 

On Saturday, Street was sent off shortly after the interval as punishment for hauling down Aaron Burns when the striker bore down on goal, only for the front man to see his spot kick saved by defender Jason Lee once he had borrowed his teammate’s gloves.

When Max Harrop was denied by the stand-in soon afterwards, the Linnets sensed they might pinch a point.

At the other end, Nantwich custodian Jack Cudworth blocked substitute Ewan Clarke’s header from big brother Ryan’s right wing cross.

Meanwhile Dabbers, 4-0 conquerors of league rivals Trafford in the Doodson Sport League Cup second round last week, have been paired with AFC Fylde in the competition’s last 16.

They will visit the Coasters, a side they defeated in the Premier Division last month, in January.

Nantwich announced on Wednesday that former Southport shot-stopper David Stevenson, capped earlier in his career by England at youth level, has joined the playing staff.

Kick off on Saturday is 3pm.


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