SETTING THE SCENE
As the National League North enters its fourth month of the season, Moors are one of eight teams separated by just six points ahead of a vital afternoon against top of the table Chorley.
A 3-0 victory over York City on Tuesday, a night with memories which “will last forever” according to manager Jason Ainsley, took Spennymoor up to 4thin the table, four points behind the out of form Magpies.
After a scintillating start to the campaign which was headlined by a seven-game winning streak and a 11-match unbeaten sequence, Chorley have failed to win in their last four league fixtures, tasting defeat against Bradford Park Avenue and Stockport County on their last two outings.
Progress to the First Round of the FA Cup, where they are set to face Doncaster Rovers at Victory Park next weekend, may have had an impact on their league performances, but getting back on track after the 3-0 loss at Edgeley Park will be a priority for manager Jamie Vermiglio.
Three points for Moors would take them a sole point behind a side who boasted a healthy advantage over the rest of the chasing pack just a matter of weeks ago, and in the process, could see attention turn to a title push as appose to settling for a play-off berth.
- The clash brings together the side with the best defence in the league in Chorley, who have conceded just nine times in 14 games, an average of 0.64 goals per game, and the side with the joint-second best attack in Moors, who have scored 30 times in 15 games, an average of 2 goals per game.
- Spennymoor fell to a 3-1 defeat in March at Victory Park in the 2017/18 season, but they did win all three points earlier in the campaign, securing a narrow 1-0 win in October courtesy of an Andrew Johnson.
- After collecting 28 points from a possible 30 over their first 10 games of the season, Chorley have picked up just 2 from the last 12 available, scoring just once in the process.
- Mark Anderson (7 goals and 6 assists) and Glen Taylor (9 goals and 5 assists) have been involved in 21 of Spennymoor’s 30 league goals this season, 70% of the overall total.
LAST TIME WE MET
Two quick fire goals from Marcus Carver and a late strike from Josh O’Keefe condemned Moors to a third straight league loss. Moors got themselves back into the contest on the hour mark following an own goal by Andy Teague, but Jason Ainsley’s side were unable to find the equaliser.
After ten games of the 2018/19 season you would have been forgiven for thinking that the title race was a forgone conclusion. The early season form of The Magpies was nothing short of perfect, collection an unheard of 28 points from a possible 30. That run included seven straight wins at the beginning of the season, with Chorley scoring 13 times and conceding just once at Blyth Spartans on 25th August, a remarkable record at any level of the game. The Magpies, managed by Jamie Vermilgio after the departure of Matt Jansen in the summer, have dropped just two points at Victory Park, and that was a highly creditable 0-0 draw with the in-form Chester, securing 19 points from the 21 on offer in front of their rapidly growing home crowd.
But, all things must come to an end, and following passage to the First Round of the FA Cup after a dramatic comeback victory over National League outfit Barrow, Chorley have suffered back to back losses at two of the sides who will have ambitions of leapfrogging them in the months to come. First, a narrow 1-0 defeat at the Horsfall Stadium against Bradford Park Avenue brought to an end the unbeaten stretch, before three strikes in the final twenty minutes from Stockport County’s Matty Warburton condemned Chorley to their heaviest defeat since New Year’s Day. In Marcus Carver and Louis Almond, who scored a combined three goals against Moors in 2017/18, The Magpies boast an exciting front line, but their strength lies at the back where they have been water-tight this campaign. If Moors are able to leave Victory Park with a vital win, they will become the first side to do so since Boston United on 24th March.
LAST FIVE RESULTS
30/10/18 | VNL | Stockport County 3-0 CHORLEY
27/10/18 | NLN | Bradford (Park Avenue) 1-0 CHORLEY
20/10/18 | FAC4QR | CHORLEY 3-2 Barrow
13/10/18 | NLN | AFC Telford United 1-1 CHORLEY
6/10/18 | FAC2QR | Peterborough Sports 0-3 CHORLEY
ONE TO WATCH | MARCUS CARVER
A popular figure since joining The Magpies on a permanent basis from Accrington in 2016, following a successful loan spell. A willing runner with energy to burn; he scored the opener during the FA Cup first round tie with Fleetwood last season.
Carver has scored six times in 17 appearances this season and has 31 goals in 135 displays for The Magpies.
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With the limited parking at Victory Park reserved for players and officials, the most convenient place to park is just off Pilling Lane, with spaces costing £3 on a first-come-first-served-basis. Car parks in the town centre are generally FREE after 1pm on Saturdays and street parking is available too, but please respect our neighbours and don’t block or cause obstruction to driveways. For those of you using public transport, Chorley train and bus stations are an easy ten minute walk away.
Unless the game you’re attending is segregated the social club is open to both home & away fans alike. Situated on the left of the main entrance after the Duke Street turnstiles, the bar provides a friendly pre and post-match atmosphere where you can enjoy a pint while watching live football on TV (subject to availability). Our drinks specials include £2 pints of Thirsty Magpie Lager, Tetley’s Smooth & Somersby Cider from 1-2pm. As for food, The Magpies Nest serves a selection of hot and cold snacks, plus our famous butter pie. Why not try one with peas and gravy?