Nantwich Town manager eager to see league form improve

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Nantwich Town manager Dave Cooke believes it is now crucial for his side to improve their league form.

Despite FA Cup heroics as they reached the first round for only the second time in their history, the Dabbers sit above the drop zone only on goal difference, but they do have two games in hand on bottom side Sutton Coldfield Town.

“We’ve left one or two out who were on four bookings because of the importance of the FA Cup,” Cooke said

“But we now have to start winning and picking up points in the league to get us back up the table. That’s a priority.”

Despite their early low positioning, non-league restructuring means only one side will be relegated this season, so there is less cause for alarm.

Although his side have been struggling for league form, Cooke expressed his pride at leading his side into the FA Cup proper.

“They did it six years ago, which was the first time in about 130 years.

“It’s been difficult but after four qualifying games, we’ve made it so I’m very proud.

“I think from the very first round against City of Liverpool, that was a tough tie which we only won 2-1, and that was with a last minute goal.

“Some of the lads who hadn’t played in the FA Cup but have grown up with the glamour and seeing how well some of the non-league clubs do, they’ve wanted to be a part of it.”

A place in this illustrious round is always a huge target for non-league teams, especially because of the financial benefits it can bring.

“Obviously now there are big financial rewards, so each game that you play the rewards become a little bit greater.

“That’s really important for our club, for any non-league club really, so helping with the finances has that added spice.”

For their cup heroics, Nantwich have been rewarded with a trip to League 2 playoff chasers Stevenage. Their hosts have been in mixed form recently, picking up a 3-2 win over Accrington Stanley last weekend, but lost 7-1 away to Luton a week earlier.

Cooke meanwhile, hopes the football league team will take his side lightly.

“I hope they’re thinking that they’ve got nothing to worry about.

“Hopefully they won’t do as much homework on us as we will be doing on them.”

The Dabbers visit Stevenage on November 4th, kickoff 3pm.

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