Jimmy Quinn, Nantwich Town manager

Nantwich Town will look to build on a good run of results when they welcome in-form Stocksbridge Park Steels to Weaver Stadium.

The Dabbers are unbeaten in the last three games, and three points will help them push on towards the play-off places.

But they face the Steels without influential defender Mat Bailey.

Nantwichnews revealed earlier this week how the 26-year-old has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering knee ligament damage during the 1-1 draw with Stafford Rangers a fortnight ago.

Scans ruled he will be out for the rest of the campaign, which boss Jimmy Quinn admits is a “big blow”.

It opens the door for Christian Smith to retain his place with Rod McDonald and Chris Flynn also returning from injury and work commitments.

After three consecutive draws, Jimmy Quinn’s men will be looking to earn their first three points since the 5-1 thumping of Eastwood Town back in October.

Although the Steels lie second bottom in the Evo-Stik Premier Division with only 14 points from 21 games, they have hit some form in the run up to this fixture with five points from their last three games.

That includes two impressive home draws against promotion chasing Marine and Hednesford Town.

Quinn said: “It was disappointing not to have come away from Blyth last week with all three points, as it was the best we have played for sometime.

“The chances we created and our overall domination deserved more and on another day we would have won that game by three or four goals.

“But that’s football and we have got to be more clinical and patient and it will come.

“Obviously losing Mat is a blow, but we have some great strength in depth this season and we now have Mark Beasley back as well.

“And I am also still looking to strengthen in a few areas, so we will be alright and we will be going out tomorrow to entertain and give the supporters something to cheer about.”

There will be a tribute before the game to long-serving Dabbers fan and ambassador Frank Dale, who died on November 20.

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