Thursday, February 22, 2007

Davis wants Dabbers to go out all guns blazing against United


By Toby Robinson

NANTWICH Town player manager Steve Davis wants his players fired up for this Saturday's big clash with FC United.

Over 1,000 supporters should make it a lucrative day at Jackson Avenue as second meets third in North West Counties Division One.

And Davis sees no reason why his side can't turn over the title favourites.

"Hopefully the lads will roll their sleeves up and be ready to give it their all on Saturday," he said.

"They are a good side, they've set the standard for us all this season and I do think they'll win the league.

"But there is no reason why we can't turn them over on Saturday."

FC United were due in action against promotion rivals Curzon Ashton last night and Davis was set to make the trip to pinpoint any weaknesses.

"I'm going to watch that game," he added.

"It's always a benefit and we'll try and see if there are any areas we can exploit.

"In the League Cup here, I felt we were the better side against them in the first-half but caved in a little when they scored.

"We didn't play so well at their place.

"It could be like last season when we got beat by Cammell Laird twice but then we got the measure of them in the FA Vase and beat them convincingly in the second leg.

"Hopefully it will go the same way."

Davis was delighted to go into the game on the high of a 2-0 victory over Bacup Borough.

After a dodgy start, both Mark Fitton and Andy Kinsey went close before Phil Parkinson saw his back header cleared off the line.

Pressure eventually told when Andy Bott buried a loose ball to make it 21 goals for the season on 34 minutes.

Left-back Paul Taylor doubled the advantage on the verge of the break while Nantwich could have added to their tally in the second-half.

"It was a good result against a busy and hard-working team," continued Davis.

"We didn't do so well in the first 15 minutes but afterwards we started to play some good football.

"The lads played well and looked a lot more solid defensively.

"Paul Taylor got forward a lot more and scored a good goal while Rob Hackney didn't have a lot to do."

Adam Beasley should be back against FC United after serving out his suspension while striker Matt Blake looks likely to miss out through injury.

“Hopefully the lads will roll their sleeves up and be ready to give it their all on Saturday,” Dabbers player boss Steve Davis