Spennymoor Town Manager Jason Ainsley has called on supporters to get behind the team for this weekend’s FA Trophy clash with National League outfit Sutton United.
The Moors have enjoyed a strong start to the Vanarama National League North season, sitting fifth in the table; just four points off second-place Bradford Park Avenue with a game in hand.
Additionally, an impressive start to this year’s Buildbase FA Trophy has set up Saturday’s tie, after the Moors saw off Barwell in the first round proper with a comfortable 4-0 victory.
Despite the Moors’ strong performance on the pitch, attendances at The Brewery Field have fallen this season, with an average of 100 fewer people at each home game. Under 600 were in attendance for Tuesday night’s crucial league clash with former Football League side Kidderminster Harriers and this has left the Moors boss concerned for what he views as a key weapon in his side’s armoury.
He said: “Our players frequently say how the atmosphere in the stands helps them in games. The Brewery Field is a compact stadium and they can hear every word of encouragement they receive.
“Saturday is one of the toughest draws we could have faced in the second round. Sutton have a great history in cup competitions and are flying high in the National League with bags of experience in their side. We will have to be at our very best to get anything out of the game.
“We’ve had a busy period, which has had an impact on injuries, but we were boosted by a great result against a very good Kidderminster team. We hope to have one or two back in the squad which will help.
“What we really do need is for our supporters to back us with encouragement and noise.”
“But what we really do need is for our supporters to back us with encouragement and noise. As you can imagine, an atmosphere always helps the players find that extra yard.
“We look forward to welcoming such an established club like Sutton United in what promises to be another fantastic occasion, which we have grown accustomed to in recent years.”
Admission prices have been reduced by between 20 and 50 per cent for the match to encourage as many supporters to attend the game as possible. Adults are £10, Concessions are £5 and Juniors are £2. This is one of the cheapest FA Trophy second round ties to attend on Saturday.
Sutton were initially knocked out of the competition after losing a hard-fought tie with Bromley, but the Ravens were disqualified for fielding an ineligible player in the first round, resulting in Sutton’s reinstatement.
Kick off is at £3:00PM. Will you be there to help the Moors reach the next round of the FA Trophy?