Nantwich, managed by one of the league’s longest serving managers, Dave Cooke have historically been a tough nut to crack for the Holy Blues. A regular opponent on the opening day of the Northern Premier League season, this is the first time the two sides will meet on a Tuesday night under the lights in CW5. The Dabbers have really struggled on home turf this campaign, save for an opening day victory over Stalybridge, Nantwich have been on a disappointing run of form until the goal-less draw against South Shields on Saturday. A result that helped knock The Mariners off top spot in the early season table. That result though serves as a reminder that there are no easy games for the Holy Blues as we look to back up our first away points of the season with another positive result on Tuesday.
Sitting in 12th position, our highest position of the campaign to date, we sit two places and a point above our opponents, though with the hosts having a game in hand, three points would be a welcome boost to the boys in blue. Trinity will again take to the field, proudly in our Excel Trucks sponsored, yellow away kit for the second consecutive game. Head Coach Tom Shaw is keen to see similarities to his side’s Saturday performance with the group making the quick turnaround, hitting the road again,
"After a brilliant result on Saturday up at Lancaster, we will go to Nantwich trying to display all the behaviours and characteristics that gave us the right to take away the three points on Saturday. We were gritty and resilient and dealt with scruffy, direct play well and also around our box, dealt with some good combination play by their forwards around our box, really efficiently."
Shaw continued, "We carried a threat on the counterattack and could have had three or four goals from those situations. I'm really pleased that our threats are coming in different ways in recent weeks. Through controlled progressive football, set pieces and now a counter, that is improving.”
Not to underestimate the opposition, Shaw pointed out, “Nantwich have had some good results and have some excellent players within their group, however we are travelling there in our best moment of the season so far, with three clean sheets in four games and some real progress in regards the group developing and coming together."
The importance of the supporters is not lost on the Blues’ boss, "I really hope some travelling supporters can get across to Nantwich to help our improving group get over the line, again. Your support has been fantastic and hopefully we can give you an enjoyable evening on the road."
Fire up those Satnavs, punch in the postcode (CW5 5BS) and head over to the Optimum Pay Stadium, and cheer on your Trinity heroes for the full ninety minutes! Ticket prices for the evening’s entertainment are priced at: Adults £11 (seating £12) Concessions £8 (seating £9) Under 16s £3 (seating £4). Programmes for the fixture are online only and can be found on the Nantwich Town home page shortly before kick-off. They are free to download for all supporters.
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