SETTING THE SCENE
National League play-off contenders Sutton United make their first trip to The Brewery Field since 1974 as Moors look to progress to the Third Round of the FA Trophy for the second consecutive campaign.
The Amber and Chocolates are currently 6thin the division directly above Moors after a run of 12 points from a possible 15 over the festive period. That record is only matched by Bromley, who had their place taken in the competition by Sutton after fielding an ineligible player in the First Round.
Jason Ainsley has given the Moors fans a rallying cry this week to get more people to The Brewery Field in an attempt to create the best possible atmosphere. A 2-1 win over Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday evening ended a run of just one win in their previous five league games.
This tie represents Spennymoor’s third successive home game in the Trophy after scoring 12 times over the previous two rounds against Halesowen Town and Barwell.
- Sutton are the joint in-form side in the National League over the past five games, ironically alongside Bromley, who they replaced as Spennymoor’s opponents. Both have collected 12 points.
- The U’s have picked up four points from a possible six against teams from the North-East this season. They beat Pools 3-2 at The Super Six Stadium before a goalless draw at Gateshead.
- Moors met Solihull Moors at this stage last season, also of the National League, securing a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Mark Anderson and Andrew Johnson.
- Jason Ainsley’s side have scored 11 more goals and conceded two fewer this season than their opponents having played five games less.
- Sutton United boast the third best away record in the National League in 2018/19. They have collected 23 points from a possible 42, winning six, drawing five and losing three.
We got the views of Dan Taylor, a writer for gandermonium.com fans blog, on The U’s season so far and the importance of being back in the FA Trophy.
How would you evaluate your season so far?
“Decent, if unspectacular probably sums it up! We’ve remained competitive again this time out and continue to upset the sides in the upper reaches of the table, but without really having truly clicked yet this season. There’s been a few draws where there should have been wins. Probably the 3-0 win over Wrexham is our most complete performance to date. Can’t complain though, we’re in the play-off spots and ticking along. Could be a lot worse!”
Which players have impressed you this season and who should we look out for?
“Craig Eastmond has been his usual reliable self in the middle of the park. Dale Bennett has been solid all season and outstanding the last month or two. Sadly our other Mr Reliable, skipper Jamie Collins, probably won’t feature due to injury. He’s the man that really makes us tick.”
What’s it been like around the club the past few weeks regarding your reinstatement into the competition? Did you expect to be allowed back in?
“That’s the thing with situations like this, they take so long to get sorted that I think most people had already got over the Trophy and were looking forwards to a weekend off! That and a lot probably thought the FA would make us replay the Bromley game, like they did with Concord when they played an ineligible player a couple of years back. Thankfully not. Whereas a few years ago an ineligible player meant one thing, you got kicked out. These days they seem to make it up as they go along.”
ONE TO WATCH | CRAIG EASTMOND
Midfielder who began his career with Arsenal and was part of the side that won the double of the FA Youth Cup and Premier Academy League in 2009.
He made four senior appearances before loan spells at Millwall, Wycombe and Colchester, who he then joined on a permanent basis, making over 50 appearances in all before a brief spell at Yeovil at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Signed in September 2015, he won the Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards in his first season and was in the National League South team of the season, and last season made his 100th appearance for the club as well as earning inclusion in the National League team of the season.
Eastmond has scored six times in 26 league appearances this season.
“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. Today 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.”
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;
Under 18s: £2
* Over 60s
*** 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.