SETTING THE SCENE
Spennymoor have the opportunity to make ground on the six sides above them as they play their first game in-hand against manager-less Kidderminster Harriers.
Neil MacFarlane left Harriers by mutual consent on Monday, with chairman Colin Gordon taking the reins until the end of the season.
Both sides head into the game on the back of a defeat on Saturday against AFC Telford and Darlington respectively, with Neil MacFarlane’s men making a long trip to the North-East for the second time in four days.
Moors have won just one of their previous five league fixtures after the 7-1 thumping of Alfreton Town exactly a month ago, but Jason Ainsley played down the significance of the clash with Harriers with 57 points still to play for this season.
Both sides are in need of three points, as Kidderminster have collected four points from a possible 15 over the festive period, scoring just three times, the least of any side in the National League North during that period.
One positive from the defeat at the New Bucks Head Stadium was another goal for the divisions leading scorer, Glen Taylor, who now has 15 league goals and 18 in all competitions this campaign. Taylor’s penalty earned Moors a point in the corresponding fixture last season.
- Kidderminster have won just three of their last 10 games in all competitions, losing five times.
- Both fixtures between the sides were drawn in 2017/18, with a 2-2 draw at Aggborough followed up with a 1-1 stalemate at The CNG Stadium.
- Two of Moors’ three goals against Kiddy in those games were from the penalty spot, converted by Joe Tait and Glen Taylor.
- Shane Henry has assisted three of Spennymoor’s last eight goals.
- Ed Williams (11) and Ashely Chambers (8) have netted 47.5% of Kiddy’s league goals this season (40).
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.
Kidderminster will be glad to see the back of the festive period. After a blistering start which reaped seven wins from their first 12 league fixtures, Harriers’ form has slumped since. Since a 2-1 win at title challengers Bradford Park Avenue in early October, Kiddy have picked up 12 points from a possible 36. That run has included heavy home losses against Southport and Chorley, and they head into the clash at The Brewery Field with a 0-3 loss at Blackwell Meadows fresh in their memories.
After Neil MacFarlane left his post yesterday, Kidderminster released the following statement which read: “Following mutually amicable discussions, it has been agreed that Neil MacFarlane and the club will part company with immediate effect. The club would like to wish Neil every good fortune for the future. Senior players Jimmy O’Connor and Russ Penn will join Gordon in overseeing first-team affairs for the remainder of the season.”
Director Gordon served as caretaker manager from September in the 2015-16 season and bought a majority stake in November 2015.
LAST FIVE RESULTS
22/12/18 | NLN | HARRIES 1-1 Curzon Ashton
26/12/18 | NLN | Hereford 1-0 HARRIERS
29/12/18 | NLN | Stockport 1-0 HARRIERS
01/01/19 | NLN | HARRIERS 2-1 Hereford
05/01/19 | NLN | Darlington 3-0 HARRIERS
ONE TO WATCH | FRASER HORSFALL
Centre back Horsfall joined Harriers on loan from Huddersfield Town in August 2017, quickly becoming a key part of the Harriers team.
His move was made permanent in December 2017 and would go on to make 43 appearances in his first season with Harriers, finding the back of the net on four occasions. As a result of his performances, Horsfall was selected to play for England C, picking up two caps.
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.