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SETTING THE SCENE
After taking “two steps back” last weekend at Ashton according to manager Jason Ainsley, Moors face a tough assignment as they welcome the in-form Brackley Town to The Brewery Field.
Three goals in the space of five calamitous minutes saw Ainsley’s side fall to a comprehensive defeat at Hurst Cross, meaning Saturday’s visitors go into the game three points better off than Moors with a game in hand.
Despite collecting just 11 points from the last ten games, Spennymoor are still in a healthy position in a congested play-off picture, requiring four points from the final four games to mathematically assure a season extension.
However, with Blyth Spartans and Kidderminster both lurking just outside the top seven, Moors will be aware that the job is far from done.
The Saints, who are the division’s in-form side along with Altrincham over the last 5 games, have a strong record against the top sides this season, recently recording victories over Stockport and Kiddy. Their run of superb results earned manager Kevin Wilkin the Manager of the Month award for March.
The less said the better when it comes to Moors’ record against Brackley, with The Saints winning all three games since the start of the 2017/18 season, scoring nine times and conceding just once.
- Brackley Town have collected more points than any side in the National League North over the last 10 games, securing 25 from a possible 30.
- The Saints have only conceded seven goals in their previous 15 league fixtures, an average of 0.47 per game. Moors have conceded 16 over the same period, an average of 1.07 per game.
- Only Stockport County (16) have conceded fewer goals away from home this season than Brackley (18).
- Moors’ defeat at Ashton last Saturday was the first time they conceded more than twice on the road since a 4-1 loss against Brackley back in October.
- Spennymoor are yet to taste victory against The Saints, who have won 2-0, 3-0 and 4-1 in the three previous meetings.
- Mark Anderson is the only player to register a goal against Brackley since promotion to the National League North in 2017.
- James Curtis has been sent off in two of his three appearances against The Saints.
LAST TIME WE MET
We went to Brackley Town media man, Tim Carroll, to get the latest news and thoughts in and around the club.
Grab your copy of ‘The Moors’ on Saturday to read the full interview!
How would you evaluate your season so far?
“After a slow start (three defeats in the first four games), form steadily built over the Autumn with a dip in November but since Christmas the team has been on a terrific run of form. Having reached the play-off final last season, gaining a coveted play-off spot again has been the minimum expectation and, barring something really unexpected, a play-off place looks assured. From there anything is possible. Going into the FA Trophy as holders was an experience in itself and for the third season running we reached the quarter-final stage. In 2016-17 we lost at York City, who went on to win it. In 2017-18 we won at Wembley beating Bromley. This season we lost 3-2 against Leyton Orient in the quarter-final tie so no shame in that but it was mighty close, and we will be cheering on The O’s at Wembley.”
Which players have impressed you this season and who should we look out for?
“Kevin Wilkin’s ethos is all about the team. It is a very small squad, it is close-knit and team spirit is again strong in this second half of the season. From last season we lost two key players in Aaron Williams (36 goals in 2017-18) to Harrogate and Alex Gudger to Solihull Moors. Lee Ndlovu stepped up more than doubling his goals tally so far and Connor Hall joined from Biggleswade Town and looks the part. Hall has formed a strong partnership with captain Gaz Dean – an outstanding defender and leader. Experienced midfield trio of Adam Walker, Jimmy Armson and Shane Bryne is formidable and mention must go to Matt Lowe who received the England “C” call-up from Paul Fairclough illustrating how he just keeps improving.”
A fantastic March has seen you leap up the table, earning Kevin Wilkin the Manager of the Month award. Do you believe you have a shot at winning the league, or do you see a semi-final play-off spot as the realistic aim?
“One defeat in 2019 tells its own story but getting above the top two looks like a tall order. Chorley’s run-in is especially tough and it will be interesting to watch how they stand up to that having been in first place for so long and now knocked off top spot by Stockport, surely favourites to win automatic promotion. But then we all have difficult games to contest – for example, this afternoon’s encounter! We also go to Altrincham on a Tuesday evening and travel to Chester.”
What are your memories of playing against Spennymoor Town?
“Glen Taylor has been a thorn in the side! Your two visits to St James Park were good games with plenty of goals. Our only away fixture against The Moors was late last season when you were bogged down in pitch troubles so it was finally played at Harrogate on the artificial surface. We are looking forward to a first trip to The Brewery Field – first visits are always special.”
LAST FIVE RESULTS
6/4/19 | NLN | BRACKLEY TOWN 2-0 Guiseley
30/3/19 | NLN | Southport 0-0 BRACKLEY TOWN
26/3/19 | NLN | Hereford 0-2 BRACKLEY TOWN
23/3/19 | NLN | BRACKLEY TOWN 3-1 Kidderminster
9/3/19 | NLN | BRACKLEY TOWN 1-0 Stockport
ONE TO WATCH | JAMES ARMSON
It’s hard to look past Brackley’s crucial attacking midfielder given his excellent goal scoring record this season. Armson has netted 14 times, with two of those coming against Moors in the reverse fixture at St James Park back in October.
He gained promotion with Solihull Moors in 2015-16 before joining Brackley having previously progressed through Nuneaton Town’s youth set-up. He gained an England “C” cap in 2013 against Latvia. Originally a Coventry City Academy player. In his five-year stint with Nuneaton he amassed over 100 games scoring 17 times. He brought valuable experience to Kevin Wilkin’s Saints squad and scored an incredible 25 goals from midfield including a famous hat-trick in the FA Cup defeat of League One Gillingham.
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.