SETTING THE SCENE
A pivotal four days in Spennymoor’s season begins with a trip to 4thplace Telford United, currently two points above Moors, before the visit of Kidderminster on Tuesday, a side one point behind Jason Ainsley’s side.
Attention must first be solely focused upon the task at hand on Saturday, with a tricky trip to the New Bucks Head Stadium promising to be a tough encounter. Gavin Cowan’s side are one of the National League North’s in-form outfits, winning their last three over a profitable festive period.
Moors, despite remaining unbeaten over the Christmas and New Year schedule, may look back at the two games against Blyth Spartans as missed opportunities, particularly the home stalemate on Tuesday afternoon.
Five points from nine, with a game in hand against Boston United still to be played, has left Moors in a healthy position as they look to leapfrog The Bucks and secure a spot in the top four at the full-time whistle.
Moors have struggled against Telford over the past year, losing on all three occasions. The two defeats The Bucks inflicted on Moors in April 2018 played a big part in missing out on the play-off’s, and a 2-3 loss at The Brewery Field in August left Ainsley’s side hovering above the drop zone.
- AFC Telford are the lowest scorers in the top 10 of the National League North with 35 goals, three less than Chester (38) and 14 less than Bradford (Park Avenue) (49)
- The Bucks boast the joint best home record so far this season along with Chester, and only Chorley have conceded fewer than the 11 Telford have shipped at the New Bucks Head (10).
- They are the only team in the league to have been behind at the break at home twice and come back to win.
- Moors have the third best away record in the league this season, last losing on the road in October against Brackley Town.
- Telford have won the previous three meetings between the sides, scoring eight times in the process.
LAST TIME WE MET
A new year has brought a world of optimism at AFC Telford enjoyed three wins from four over the festive period. A defeat at Chester before Christmas was followed up by two wins over Nuneaton and a thumping victory over Leamington. Those nine points have lifted The Bucks up to fourth in the division, and with a brilliant record against Moors, Gavin Cowan will be full of confidence heading into the crucial clash.
Telford scored three times in the second half back in August at The Brewery Field to eventually win 3-2, with Daniel Udoh scoring twice for The Bucks. Ellis Deeney, brother of Troy, grabbed the other. Despite a dip following a rapid start, it now seems that Cowan has steered his side onto a course destined for a play-off battle.
ONE TO WATCH | Daniel udoh
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Udoh moved to the UK with his family aged nine and in his teens signed to Luton Town’s development squad, before accepting a two-year scholarship offer at Stevenage. He joined Kidderminster Harriers on non-contract terms in 2014, and had several loan spells before joining Ilkeston in 2015. His goalscoring brought him to the attention of Crewe Alexandra, and they paid an undisclosed fee to sign him and he soon made his debut, scoring his first senior goal on his 19th birthday.
Further loan spells followed through 2017/18, and he ended the season with Leamington, scoring nine times for the Brakes. Released by Crewe at the end of the season, the Bucks beat competition from several sides to capture his signature in June 2018.
INFO FOR TRAVELLING SUPPORTERS
TRAVELLING SUPPORTERS GROUND DIRECTIONS
Directions and Transport
The New Bucks Head is situated to the northwest of Telford in the Wellington area, and is easily accessible by road and rail. The stadium is well signposted from Junction 6 of the M54 (Wellington/Telford West). The nearest railway station is Wellington(Shropshire). Regular buses run past the New Bucks Head from Telford town centre and Wellington bus stations.
You can obtain road directions from your starting point here.
Arriving by public transport?
Wellington(Shropshire) Train Station to AFC Telford United
(Approximately 20mins walking time)
Turn left outside railway station and up the walled steps to Wellington bus station.
Follow the road (The Parade) with the bus station on your left to T-junction.
Cross the road, and continue walking ahead through the residential area, taking you on to Victoria Avenue.
Continue along bearing left, to cross-roads with King Street.
Cross straight over to Regents Street – follow the road through housing to a T-junction.
Turn left into Telford Whitehouse Hotel Car Park
Continue past the Dugout Bar. Club Shop and home turnstiles are on the right.
By bus from Telford Town Centre
Bus number 44, every 10mins during the daytime. You can check timetables on Arriva’s website here.
Ask for AFC Telford United, Watling Street. On arriving cross road to Telford Whitehouse Hotel Car Park. Continue past the Dugout Bar. Club Shop and home turnstiles are on the right.
tickets and admission prices
AFC Telford United operate the following admission price policy for league games during 2018/19.
Youth (16-19): £5
Under 16: £1
When segregation is in operation, away fans are housed in the Frank Nagington (South) Stand, providing covered terraced accommodation for 1200. Seating is usually available for away fans in block A of the West Stand on request.
You can purchase tickets in advance for a game, please call 01952 640064 for further information.