FORMER Crewe striker Colin Cramb bagged a brace and current Alex target Luke Rodgers the other as a strong Shrewsbury Town side won 3-1 at Jackson Avenue on Monday.
Mark Gardiner grabbed a consolation goal for the Dabbers with a superb free-kick - but Town could have had further goals with new boy Otis Thomas, Wes Wilkinson and Danny Griggs also going close.
Nantwich chairman Clive Jackson said: 'I thought we did quite well considering we were without four regular defenders and I think we deserved our goal.
'We have played some prestige friend-lies against bigger clubs and done well. Perhaps our strikers will be a bit disappointed not to have scored more goals in the friendlies, but hopefully they will put that right this weekend.'
The Dabbers visit Whitchurch Alport while the reserves entertain Shawbury United.
Jackson added: 'Our manager, Nigel Gleghorn, has been offered the chance to add to the squad should he feel it necessary but at the moment he doesn't feel the need to strengthen and is happy to go with what he's got.'
Meanwhile, the Dabbers are on the lookout for players to join their under-17s team. Those interested can contact Jackson on 07970 546238.
Meanwhile, Nantwich are to visit Stone Dominoes for a Charter Standard Community Football Festival on Sunday, August 10.
Like Nantwich, Stone have attained FA Community Club status and the event has been organised to reflect the clubs' community commitment.
The event will kick-off at 10.30am with matches from under-eights to under-18s as well as under-14 girls' and women's matches.
It will take place at Stone's Spring-bank Park headquarters in Yarnfield.
* Alsager Town beat Accrington Stanley by the odd goal in 11 at the Town Ground on Monday night.
Alsager continue their build-up with home games against Leek Town tomorrow and Stafford Rangers on Tuesday.