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SETTING THE SCENE
31 games gone. 11 to go. Spennymoor host Southport at The Brewery Field this evening looking to bounce back from defeat at Stockport County on Saturday.
As the season begins to slowly creep towards its conclusion, points are more crucial than ever with just five separating the top three in the division.
A last gasp Josh Wilson goal rescued a point for Chorley at Darlington on Saturday, meaning Moors will begin the evening five point from the summit with two games in hand on The Magpies.
County are also in action tonight as they face a tricky test at The Jakemans Stadium against Boston United, but Jason Ainsley will be solely focused on the 90 minutes ahead at The Brewery Field tonight.
Visitors Southport may be thinking ‘what if’ following an indifferent start to the campaign when they secured one win in their first 14 league fixtures.
An upturn in fortunes since has seen them steer away from the bottom end of the league and slip into the mid-table zone. A brilliant run to the Second Round of the FA Cup, where they just missed out on a Third-Round tie at home to Tottenham, was the catalyst for a season turning run of form.
Liam Watson’s side still harbour ambitions of sneaking into a play-off place, so Moors will have to continue their near-perfect run at home to sustain their promotion push.
- Spennymoor won both games against The Sandgrounders’ last season by a 2-1 scoreline.
- Before their win at Guiseley on Saturday, Southport had scored and conceded the same amount of goals away from home this season (21).
- Liam Watson’s side won a game on the road this campaign for the first time when they have been either drawing or losing at half time at Guiseley on Saturday.
- Moors have conceded three goals in their last eight National League North games, and just one from open play.
- Jason Ainsley’s side last won a game by a margin of three goals or more on Saturday 8thDecember in a 7-1 win at Alfreton Town. They have won by a margin of two goals on four occasions and one goal on four occasions since.
LAST TIME WE MET
We got the views of Southport Author, Rob Urwin, to get the latest news and thoughts in and around the club.
Buy our match day programme to read the full interview with Rob!
How would you evaluate your season so far?
“We had a dreadful start which saw us bottom of the table at the end of October. A fantastic cup run helped give everyone a lift, and a brilliant draw at Tranmere with our goal of the season equaliser from Brad Bauress set up a replay which could have resulted in a home game against Tottenham. It was not to be, but to see 5400 people packed into our ground in anticipation was something else. The fact that Tranmere lost the game 7-0 against Tottenham was a bit scary at what might have been had we played them, but it was so close. League form has picked up and we are now comfortably in mid table.”
Which players have impressed you this season and who should we look out for?
“Dion Charles when he is firing is as good as anyone in this league, and the same goes for Sammo (Jack Sampson), who does so much work and takes so many knocks for the team. At the back, the on-loan Liam Edwards has caught the eye and is one I would love to keep.
You are nine points away from the final play-off spot. Do you think you can put a run together and get into the top seven?
“In a word….No. We are too far behind and the bad start has left us with too much to do. I’d just like to finish the season on a high and get into the top 10 and then be ready to push on next season. I would love to be proved wrong mind you.”
What are your memories of playing against Spennymoor Town?
“I don’t have many of Spennymoor Town, but I still have nightmares about an FA Cup giant killing Spennymoor United inflicted on us back in 1975. They won 4-1 when we were still in the Football League, and it was a very dark day for Southport particularly after we had led 1-0. The “friendly” locals enjoyed it and it made for a very lively exit from the ground.”
LAST FIVE RESULTS
2/3/19 | NLN | Guiseley 0-1 SOUTHPORT
23/2/19 | NLN | SOUTHPORT 0-0 FC United
19/2/19 | NLN | Stockport 3-2 SOUTHPORT
16/2/19 | NLN | Darlington 0-0 SOUTHPORT
9/2/19 | NLN | SOUTHPORT 5-3 Chorley
ONE TO WATCH | DION CHARLES
Born in Preston, Charles joined Southport from Fleetwood Town in January 2018 and has racked up 51 appearances for the club.
The 23-year-old has scored 15 goals in all competitions this campaign.
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.