SETTING THE SCENE
The Brewery Field opens its doors for the second successive week as Moors welcome a Kidderminster side who are one place below them in the increasingly tight battle at the top of the National League North.
Jason Ainsley and Neil MacFarlane have steered their respective sides to 30 points so far this campaign, both collating eight wins and six draws, but Moors have a key game in hand against Stockport County still to play.
The two teams come into the clash with differing recent records, with Moors unbeaten in their last five in all competitions, scoring 14 times, albeit eight of those came last Saturday against Halesowen Town in the Trophy.
Harriers are winless since a comprehensive victory at Leamington a day before Halloween, losing three of their last four in all competitions. Kiddy have shipped 12 goals during that period, with Southport and Chorley netting four apiece on their respective visits to Aggborough in November.
Halesowen were ruthlessly dispatched last weekend by Moors in a clinical performance, and Ainsley will be hoping that his side can build on their FA Trophy form and move three points clear of a side who have similar hopes and expectations for the rest of season.
- Kidderminster (35) have scored two more goals than Moors (33) this season, but have conceded 28 times, ten more than Moors (18).
- Only Chester (22) have scored more home goals than Spennymoor (21) in the 2018/19 season.
- Harriers have the third best away record in the division having picked up 16 points from a possible 27. Their only defeat on the road came at Chester in September.
- Glen Taylor is currently the top scorer in the National League North with 11 goals and has scored five in his last four in all competitions.
- Ed Williams (10) and Ashely Chambers (6) have netted 45.7% of Kiddy’s league goals this season (35).
LAST TIME WE MET
Glen Taylor’s 23rd goal of the season earned Spennymoor a deserved point against fourth place Kidderminster after they had fallen behind to a brilliant long range effort from Elton Ngwatala.
A moment of magic saw the deadlock broken twelve minutes after the restart, and one which was harsh on a Moors side who were starting to stomp their authority on the contest. Ngwatala collected the ball in space 30 yards out and unleashed a rasping strike which clipped the underside of the bar before hitting the back of the net, leaving Lowson with no chance.
Moors were forced to ride a wave of Kidderminster pressure following the goal, but after surviving a host of nervy moments, Croasdale pulled back Anderson after he was found by the hard work of Taylor in the area. The pressure was on Moors’ number nine, but he drilled the penalty low and hard to Hall’s right which went in via a flick of the post.
It’s been a case of so near yet so far for Kidderminster Harriers since their relegation from the National League in 2016. Harriers were a Football League club 13 years ago, applying their trade in the newly formed League Two, but after a 23rd place finish in the 2004/05 season, they have been trying to get back there ever since. The closest they came to a return was in 2013 when they finished two points away from title winners Mansfield Town, but, with the play-off structure pitting them against Wrexham, who finished 13 points behind Kiddy, they suffered a 5-2 aggregate defeat over two legs.
It was a similar story at the climax of their first season in the National League North. Another second place finish was achieved, this time six points behind the title winners, AFC Fylde, but they fell short at the first Play-Off hurdle against Chorley, who were only at that stage because of Darlington exclusion.
Fourth in the league in the 2017/18 campaign saw them face Bradford Park Avenue in the newly formatted play-off scheme, but old habits came back to haunt them as they lost 0-2 at Aggborough, just days after suffering a 1-2 loss to the same opponents. In fact, a whole different story could have unfolded had Harriers have held on against BPA in the dying moments on the final day of the season!
Since that play-off exit in May they have appointed a new manager in the shape of Neil MacFarlane, and the new man at the helm oversaw a nine game unbeaten streak at the start of the season which featured five wins. However, a defeat at Stourbridge in the FA Cup in late September signalled the start of an inconsistent spell. Apart from wins at Bradford (Park Avenue) and Leamington, Kiddy have suffered five defeats in all competitions in their last nine matches. Much like Moors, Saturday’s contest could give them a foothold in what is set to be a dramatic tussle at the top.
LAST FIVE RESULTS
|Tue||30/10/2018||NLN||Leamington||0 – 4||Kidderminster||Away||Bradley, Weeks, Chambers, Vaughan|
|Sat||03/11/2018||NLN||Kidderminster||1 – 4||Southport||Home||O’Connor|
|Sat||10/11/2018||NLN||Nuneaton Borough||1 -1||Kidderminster||Away||O’Connor|
|Sat||17/11/2018||NLN||Kidderminster||0 – 4||Chorley||Home|
|Sat||24/11/2018||FAT||Kidderminster||1 – 3||York City||Home||Vaughan|
ONE TO WATCH | ED WILLIAMS
Creative midfielder Williams joined Harriers after a three year spell with Gloucester City. In his final campaign there, Ed signed off in style by scooping their the Player of the Year award and netting nine goals during the 2017/18 season.
Comfortable in midfield or further forward, the 23 year-old began his career with Cheltenham Town before moving to sign for the Tigers in 2015. He has netted 11 times and created five goals in 19 appearances this season.
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.