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SETTING THE SCENE
A month of serious progression comes to a conclusion this evening as Moors look to build on four consecutive wins at home to Boston United.
Ryan Hall and Glen Taylor scored a goal in each half in a 2-0 victory over Chester on Saturday – a result that left Moors third in the National League North, and tonight represents a chance to close the gap on Stockport County to three points with a game in hand over The Hatters.
Boston are currently sitting in 11th, the midway point in the division, but are just four points away from the play-off spots. They are the only team in the league to have won and lost the same amount of games, and they rarely draw having recorded just five stalemates this campaign.
The Pilgrims have recovered from a dip in form over Christmas which saw them pick up two points from a possible 12, collecting seven points from the last nine available.
A remarkable 5-4 win at Guiseley was the first time The Pilgrims have scored five in a game since a 5-1 win at North Ferriby on 20thJanuary 2018, and it’s the first time they have conceded four in the league since a 4-1 loss at Brackley on 27thMarch 2018.
- Boston have drawn just five of their 26 National League North games this season, the joint fewest along with Ashton United.
- Despite losing more games (11) than four of the ten sides below them, Boston have conceded the sixth lowest amount of goals in the league (33).
- The Pilgrims have scored an average of 1.4 goals per game this season.
- Glen Taylor has scored five of Spennymoor’s 12 goals in all competitions in January.
- Moors have won four games in a row for the first time since a five game winning streak between 26thDecember 2017 and 13thJanuary 2018.
LAST TIME WE MET
We got the views of Boston United stat man, Christian James, on Boston’s season so far.
Read the full interview with Christian in tonight’s match day programme!
How would you evaluate your season so far?
Very varied- two wins in the last twelve have done significant damage to our league position. I don’t think the side has over or underachieved, the well-documented turnover of players exposes the fact that our playing talent has not been up to Elliott’s standards. The starting eleven is becoming more consistent as the incomings have slowed down, but it is swiftly approaching now-or-never time if the play-offs are going to be achievable. We desperately need a good run of form to inspire fans and players alike for the remainder of the season.
Which players have impressed you this season and who should we look out for?
I’ve got over 40 to choose from! In terms of consistent performances: George Willis. The ‘keeper has admittedly made a couple costly of errors throughout the campaign, but they’ve been more than made up for with outstanding shot-stopping. Particularly in recent weeks the captain’s made remarkable saves to keep us in games at key junctures. In a team of inconsistent performances and team selections, Willis has kept his place and deserved to do so. On their good days, Nicky Walker and Max Wright have been unplayable, but being typical wingers, they are prone to ‘going missing’ in games. Ashley Jackson has been an impressive find, and Jay Rollins’ return has been welcome- adding an extra dimension to the forward line.
You have one of the tightest defences this season but have struggled for goals. Has this been the story of your season?
The defensive record is strange one. I don’t think any Boston fan would describe the side as particularly solid defensively, yet we’ve only conceded more than twice on one league occasion (at home to Brackley). On the road the fact is we’ve kept ourselves solid and thus have the best travelling defensive record (as of last Friday). At times it comes down to the fact that United haven’t threatened often enough when they’ve gone behind, so sides haven’t needed to score a second or third against us to secure a win. Home victories have been underpinned by tight defensive performances which helps the goals against column. I think that because the back four is now established- Jackson, Gibbens, Qualter and Davies- it does look a more solid defensive unit, equally Willis has been outstanding.
LAST FIVE RESULTS
26/1/19 | NLN | Guiseley 4-5 BOSTON UNITED
19/1/19 | NLN | BOSTON UNITED 1-1 Leamington
12/1/19 | NLN | Kidderminster 1-2 BOSTON UNITED
5/1/19 | NLN | BOSTON UNITED 1-2 Altrincham
1/1/19 | NLN | Alfreton Town 1-1 BOSTON UNITED
ONE TO WATCH | NICKY WALKER
Former Rotherham United winger Nicky Walker joined the Pilgrims on New Year’s Day 2015 following his departure from the New York Stadium.
He returned to the club for a third time in June 2018, having played for the likes of Clipstone, Buxton, Shaw Lane and Gainsborough Trinity in the meantime. He has scored six times in 21 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 at [email protected] 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.