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SETTING THE SCENE
After overcoming a tough “mental test” on Tuesday evening at Altrincham, Jason Ainsley and his in-form Moors side host Leamington at The Brewery Field.
Goals either side of half time from Mark Anderson and Rob Ramshaw, combined with a resolute defensive display, made it six consecutive league victories, a feat only currently matched in English football by Bristol City and Luton Town.
It’s now been 495 minutes since Spennymoor last conceded a goal in open play, with the impact of new signing Scott Harrison further solidifying an already water-tight backline.
Visitors Leamington are currently in 17thposition in the National League North and have only won on of their previous 14 games in all competitions. That 3-0 win over Altrincham at the end of January was their first league victory since 20thNovember, however, their performances have deserved more.
Spennymoor won the reverse fixture in September courtesy of goals from Adam Boyes and Mark Anderson but were made to work hard for the three points at The Brewery Field last March.
Anderson was the match winner, scoring late to break down a stubborn Brakes side on a freezing Thursday night in County Durham.
With Stockport County in FA Trophy action on Saturday, a seventh straight win would see the gap reduced to one point with a game in hand. However, Moors will be wary of the in-form Brackley Town who’s victory over Darlington on Wednesday narrowed the void to five points back to fourth.
- The game marks Leamington’s first away game in over a month since a 1-1 draw at Boston United. The Brakes have had four consecutive home games, collecting four points from a possible 12.
- Glen Taylor (19) and Colby Bishop (15) have scored 34 goals between them this season.
- Moors haven’t conceded a league goal in open play for 495 minutes action, since Aaron Phillips’ header for Kidderminster on Tuesday 8thJanuary.
- Spennymoor are the only side to win nine times away from home this season after the 2-0 win over Altrincham on Tuesday.
- Leamington have collected eight points from the last 30 on offer, the third worst record from the 22 teams in the division.
LAST TIME WE MET
We got the views of Leamington Press Officer, Paul Edwards, to get the latest news and thoughts in and around the club.
Buy our match day programme to read the full interview with Paul!
How would you evaluate your season so far?
“We had a decent start and have drawn a lot of games, but that is what has kept us away from the bottom three all season. The aim has always been to consolidate and establish ourselves in this league, so we are making progress.”
Which players have impressed you this season and who should we look out for?
“Matt Stenson had a great start to the season, scoring 8 times in 14 games before being snapped up by Solihull Moors. We’ve had plenty of consistent performers such as Kieran Dunbar and Callum Gittings, both of whom are sadly injured, but I would have to say our stand out performer so far has been Colby Bishop. After sustaining an ACL injury on Boxing Day 2017 he made his return on October 27 in our 2-2 draw at home to Darlington. He scored a penalty in that game and has barely stopped scoring since, netting his 20th goal of the season last Saturday against Blyth Spartans. Not bad considering he has only played just under 4 months of the season! “
How would you assess the last month in terms of performances? You have won one of your last 13 league games, but do you think your displays have deserved more?
“We’ve only really had one poor half of football since the turn of the year – the defeat at Southport. Boston was a great point considering we were down to the bare bones, and we were very unfortunate to lose at home to Stockport, but bounced back with a convincing win over Altrincham and then reached the Semi Final of the Birmingham Senior Cup, beating West Brom’s youngsters. The last two games have been seen us take just a point when we really should have had more. We came back twice against Hereford and probably should have won after they went down to ten men for the last half hour, and we shot ourselves in the foot against Blyth last week, conceding two goals in the opening seven minutes. We certainly created the chances to get something from the game, but could only take one of them.”
LAST FIVE RESULTS
16/2/19 | NLN | LEAMINGTON 1-2 Blyth Spartans
9/1/19 | NLN | LEAMINGTON 2-2 Hereford
26/1/19 | NLN | Leamington 3-0 ALTRINCHAM
22/1/19 | NLN | LEAMINGTON 0-1 Stockport
19/1/19 | NLN | Boston 1-1 LEAMINGTON
ONE TO WATCH | COLBY BISHOP
Bishop, who scored a hat-trick against Moors in the 2017/18 season, has been in fine form this campaign, scoring 15 goals, a total only bettered by Stockport County’s Matty Warburton and Moors’ Glen Taylor.
The striker began his career at Notts County and was handed by Shaun Derry in November 2014, making his first team debut on Boxing Day the following month at MK Dons. Highly rated by his manager, Bishop has netted 35% of The Brakes’ league goals in 2018/19.
INFO FOR TRAVELLING SUPPORTERS
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 1 in Tees Crescent is for Cash Sales only Adults, Concessions and Juniors
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.
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
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.