SETTING THE SCENE
The Brewery Field hosts its first game of the month as a resurgent Spennymoor side face Nuneaton Borough aiming to stretch their unbeaten run to five games.
Moors have enjoyed an upturn in form and fortune following a disappointing start to the season, collecting 10 points from the last 12 available, the latest of which came via two late goals at Leamington a week ago. In a game which seemed destined for a goalless draw, substitutes Adam Boyes and Mark Anderson scored in the final four minutes to seal a second win on the road.
Opponents Nuneaton Borough will be the fresher of the two sides having seen their clash with York City postponed last week due to international call-ups, a rarity at this level of the game. Harrison Panayiotou (St. Kitts & Nevis), Kairo Mitchell (Granada) and midfielder Theo Wharton (St. Kitts & Nevis), were all on duty for their nations, so they will face The Minstermen at a later date.
They won last time out, their first success of the season, courtesy of a tight 1-0 victory at Curzon Ashton, but they struggled previously, collecting just two points from their opening seven fixtures. FC United’s draw at Chester during the week means Nuneaton go into Saturday’s fixture bottom of the table, but, as this league shows on a weekly basis, no team should be taken lightly.
- Moors have picked up 10 points from the last 12 available after only securing three from the previous 15.
- Nuneaton have scored the fewest goals in the division this season with five, two less than the seven Curzon Ashton have netted.
- Six red cards have been shown in Nuneaton’s eight games this season. Nuneaton have received three.
- Both meetings last season were decided by a single goal, with both teams securing a 1-0 win away from home.
- Spennymoor have conceded just one goal in their last four games, having conceded 10 goals in their first 5 games of the season.
LAST TIME WE MET
It’s been an eventful few months at Nuneaton. After a name change from Town to Borough in the summer, the club have a new identity, but, after losing the majority of their squad, the new crop of players are still finding their feet in the National League North. It looked bleak around this time a year ago with the departure of Tommy Wright to Darlington, but the introduction of Dino Maamria sparked a miraculous recovery, with the prospect of sneaking a play-off spot a real possibility until Maamria was snapped up by League Two side Stevenage.
The departure of striker Ashley Chambers, who scored 20 goals last season, is a big blow, but the lively Dior Angus, son of former Fulham defender Terry Angus, and the experienced head of Carl Baker both bring different things to a young squad. Nuneaton are a side who like to play football out from the back, but as fan Kieran Everard describes, that is sometimes their downfall: “We don’t have the quality and silly mistakes are being made and subsequently punished by the opposition. We lack a 20 goal a season forward that we had in Ashley Chambers last year, we don’t seem to have a leader on the park, the defence leaks goals and the midfield goes missing.”
LAST FIVE RESULTS
1/9/18 | NLN | Curzon Ashton 0-1 NUNEATON
27/8/18 | NLN | NUNEATON 1-3 Brackley Town
25/8/18 | NLN | Guiseley 2-1 NUNEATON
18/8/18 | NLN | NUNEATON 1-4 Southport
14/8/18 | NLN | Boston 2-1 NUNEATON
ONE TO WATCH | DIOR ANGUS
Currently on loan at Nuneaton from League Two side Port Vale, Angus began his career at Solihull Moors under the stewardship of manager Marcus Bignot. The striker has been at several clubs since which include Kidderminster, Daventry Town, Redditch United and Tamworth.
The 24-year-old is the son of former Northampton, Fulham and Nuneaton central defender Terry Angus. Before turning professional this year, he worked as an electrician and a model.
“We know today is going to be a difficult game because the table in my opinion makes for false reading. They have some quality players and the addition of Baker in the midfield means they now have a top-drawer midfielder. His introduction has obviously galvanised them as they had a great win at Curzon last time out, and you can sense the level of players they have when their game gets called off last weekend because of international call-ups!
“We are under no illusions that this is going to be an easy game and I don’t want the fans to think it’s going to be a foregone conclusion because of their position, because it definitely isn’t.
“In this league you just need to look at the results on a Saturday at 5pm. If you are not at the races, anyone can beat you and you get punished. The lads are in good spirits and there is a great sense of comradery at the minute, and the new lads have come in and settled really well. We need to make sure we build on the foundations we have laid over the last few weeks.”
INFO FOR TRAVELLING SUPPORTERS
TRAVELLING SUPPORTERS GROUND DIRECTIONS
Spennymoor Town Football Club,
The Brewery Field,
Travelling Supporters Ground Directions:
At Junction 56, continue forward on to the A1(M). Leave the A1(M) at Junction 60, then at the roundabout take the first exit on to the A689.
At Rushyford roundabout, take the third exit on to the A167.
At roundabout, take the third exit and continue on A167.
At Thinford roundabout, take the first exit on to the A688.
At roundabout, take the first exit and continue on the A688.
At roundabout, take the third exit on to St Andrews Lane.
At roundabout, take the first exit and continue on St Andrews Lane.
At mini-roundabout, take second exit on to King Street,
At mini-roundabout, take second exit on to King Street/Durham Road. Bear right on to Durham Road and take third exit on left on to Wood Vue.
Nearest Railway Station: Durham (6.1 miles away and a 15-minute journey in a taxi)
Nearest Bus Station:Durham Bus Station is in Durham town centre and the No.6 bus takes you to Durham Road, Spennymoor, in around 15 minutes.
Club Shop:Inside the ground and only open match days.
Parking at the ground is currently for players and officials with limited disabled supporter parking which must be booked prior to the fixture date by contacting the club on 07871206474 or [email protected]
Supporters are strongly advised to use public transport or utilise car sharing and give themselves plenty of time for travel. Supporters are requested to respect the surrounding areas and show consideration to neighbouring residents. The local police teams may ticket cars that are illegally or inconsiderately parked.
Durham Road and Wood Vue tend to be very congested on match days so we recommend away supporters use the main Car Parks in the town centre, which is a short walk from the ground. Parking is free. Don’t however use the Iceland / Home Bargains car park as you are liable to get a fine or clamped after a couple of hours.
All spectators are advised to arrive at least half an hour before kick off to avoid potential congestion at the turnstiles in Wood Vue & Tees Crescent which will be open from 1:30pm on a Saturday/Bank Holiday fixtures or from 6.45pm for a midweek fixture for both sets of supporters.
Coach Parking:Contact the club on 07871206474
Admission will be by payment at the turnstiles and the following prices will apply;
Juniors Under 18s:£4
Under 10:*** Free
* Over 60s
** Under 11 -18
*** Accompanied by paying adult
**** All disabled supporters will be charged as age applicable however a carer will be submitted
free of charge however proof must be shown at the turnstile.
Entry via Turnstile 4 in Wood Vue is Season Ticket Holders, E-Tickets, Academy Players Pass Holders, Press and Ground only guests.
Entry via Turnstile 5 in Wood Vue is for Cash Sales Adults and Juniors only
Entry via Turnstile 6 in Wood Vue is for Cash Sales Concessions only
Entry via Turnstile 7 in Wood Vue is for Away Supporters Cash Sales Adults, Concessions and Juniors
Supporters will be advised of changes when games are the subject of segregation or all ticket.
Half Time Raffle: £1
Golden Goal: £1
Wheelchair Users:Access via Wood Vue & Tees Crescent entrances and one helper per wheelchair
Prices:Helper admitted free of charge (Proof maybe requested)
Disabled Toilets:2 Disabled Toilets in ground situated on wood vue and tees crescent side.
Once inside the ground there are 739 seats available for supporters, 250 in the Ramside Hall Estates main stand and 489 in the Motif8 pond stand. These seats are available on a first come first served basis, there will be no reservations on seats for supporters.
The supporter’s marquee bar in the ground will be open from 1:30pm on a Saturday/Bank Holiday fixtures and from 6.45pm on a midweek fixture and is available to visiting supporters, it is located next to the main stand and whilst U18’s are welcome an adult member of their family accompanies them.
Refreshment area facilities will also be open and available from 1:30pm on a Saturday/Bank Holiday fixtures and from 6.45pm on a midweek fixture.
Toilets areas are also available within the ground with 2 disabled access toilets on either side of the ground.
Any persons that are deemed to be intoxicated and are a cause for concern may be refused entry.
Footballs are also not permitted within the spectator areas for this game.
Away coaches will drop supporters off at The Moors Tavern, which is open from 11am on a Saturday/Bank Holiday fixtures and from 4pm on a midweek fixture, they will then be sent away to park at the council offices at Green lane, Spennymoor, DL16 6JQ which is only one mile away for the coaches to drive.
The Moors Tavern is the club’s official clubhouse and is open to home and away supporters before and after the game (DL16 6QH) – just 80 metres from the Tees Crescent turnstile at The Brewery Field.
The Moors Tavern – (Max 200 internally with a 150 capacity to the rear)
Telephone: 01388 816417
The Moors Tavern is a community pub in the heart of Spennymoor. It is affiliated with, Spennymoor Town FC, which makes it a perfect pre and post match destination for fans of the football club and visiting teams. But the pub has been clear from the day it opened its doors in August 2016 that it
was not just a football clubhouse and serves the community of Spennymoor every day with live music, affordable prices and a friendly welcoming atmosphere, perfect for families.
Other local pubs who are official club partners and welcome away supporters are:
Tudhoe and District Victory Club
67 York Villas
Parking within Spennymoor whilst being free is at a premium, therefore located within a 10-minute walk of Brewery Field is Tudhoe Victory Club. We are prepared to offer free parking for comfortably up to 100 cars or 6-8 coaches on a ratio of (1 coach = 10 car) for visiting fans on the club’s substantial car park.
All of the club’s facilities would be made available on arrival for travelling fans (toilets, bar, Live Sports) plus if requested (numbers in advance) pie and peas or a selection of sandwiches and Tea and Coffee. A free packed lunch and non-alcoholic beverages would be made available to all coach drivers.
Heavy metal posters and paraphernalia adorn the walls of this two-room town-centre pub, and live music regularly features. Two bars serve the two rooms, and the clientele is a mix of all ages and types.
Spennymoor Working Men’s Club
6 King Street
Popular Working Men’s Club in the town with function room, toilets, bars and large snooker tables for supporters to enjoy some pre-match banter with affordable prices and a friendly welcoming atmosphere.