Nantwich Town manager Phil Parkinson wants stronger defending ahead of Barwell game

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Nantwich Town manager Phil Parkinson is hoping his side can continue stronger defending when they take on Barwell this weekend in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

The Cheshire team are currently 16th in the league and head into the fixture on the back of a win in the third round of qualifying in the FA Cup.

Leicestershire-based Barwell are one game ahead of Nantwich, as well as two places and two points in the division.

But a win for the visitors would send Parkinson’s men above the home side.

Following the Dabbers’ 2-1 victory over Halesowen Town on Tuesday, October 4, Parkinson will be hoping that they can continue their defensive sturdiness which saw they secure a fourth round tie against Stourbridge.

The manager said: “I thought we defended resolutely, I thought the back four were magnificent.”

“There was a lot of pressure on the lads, they haven’t won at home and obviously they wanted to get that monkey off their back and what a game to do it in.”

As well as Parkinson wanting further defensive solidity, he was also quick to push continued praise on top goal scorer Sean Cooke, despite the striker missing a penalty early on in the game.

Parkinson said: “Sean has been rock solid in his finishing, but I knew he was going to score when he didn’t score the penalty, you could tell he had that little bit between his teeth to get that goal.

“That’s why he’s in the team, because he can do those moments of individual brilliance.

“He’s been superb for us and he keeps scoring. He’s a valuable asset to us, he’s somebody who we need to keep giving the ball to and letting him do his thing.”

Nantwich Town head into the game looking to make it 10 games unbeaten, following an incredible run in both league and cup which has seen them win five, and draw four of the last nine games.

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