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Promotion chasing Dabbers next up for Castle tomorrow

Promotion chasing Dabbers next up for Castle tomorrow


There’s no two ways about it when tomorrow’s game comes round. On the face of it, one team has everything riding on the game while the other is slumming around the nether regionsof the league table. Unfortunately, for us it’s our boys who are on the wrong end of that equation.

With only one win in seven – and that coming against the worst side in the league – our form could politely be described as patchy. The Dabbers, who spent plenty of time in the lower part of the league themselves well into the second half of the season, are on a phenomenal fun scoring goals for fun and making a late charge for the play-offs.

Since losing 3-1 at Bootle in February, Nantwich have won six and drawn one of their last seven games, scoring 21 goals in the process. In those seven games the prolific pair of Byron Harrison and Kai Evans have bagged seven each.

I’ll leave off any further comparisons but it’s clear where the challenge lies. I spoke to Neil Baker at training last night and he was clear about what we’re up against.

“They’re a really tough side to play and they’ve got momentum behind them. If they are able to get into that final play-off spot, they’ll be a very dangerous opponent for whoever they come up against.”

“First and foremost, we need to make ourselves tougher to play against and then it’s a case of what questions can we ask of them. We know it won’t be an easy task on Saturday, but all these players now have an opportunity – against the form team in the league – to show me what they’re made of.

“I’ve never faulted the effort, that’s always been first class, but it’s time for the players to step up now and show what they can do. They are more than capable.”

On the injury front, things are looking a lot brighter. We know that Tommy van der Laan and Jake Twyford are out for the season, while Callum Holland suffered a recurrence of an injury on training on Tuesday. However, aside from that, we have no new concerns.

It’ll be a toughie tomorrow but in the penultimate home game of the season, it’s a great opportunity to turn potential into points.

Come on Castle!


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