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SETTING THE SCENE
Two sides who have enjoyed a prosperous Easter weekend meet today in a game with huge ramifications at the top of the table.
Moors sealed their spot in the play-off picture with a dramatic 3-2 win over York City on Good Friday, 24 hours before Chorley defeated title rivals Stockport County 2-0 at Victory Park.
Spennymoor now have their sights set on third spot currently occupied by Brackley Town, with an automatic route to the play-off semi-final up for grabs on Sunday 5th May. The Saints are away to Chester today before they conclude the season at home to FC United.
The Magpies will be keen to deny Moors as they could seal the league title should they win today and County drop points at home to Curzon Ashton.
Moors are one of just three sides to claim victory at the home of Chorley this season courtesy of a 2-1 win back in early November. Blyth Spartans and Ashton United are the other two sides to claim wins at Victory Park.
- Spennymoor beat a side in the current top seven at home for the first-time two weeks ago weekend with a 2-1 win over third place Brackley Town. Moors had previously lost three and drew once.
- Chorley have picked up 34 points from a possible 54 since New Year having collected 36 from a maximum of 60 before the New Year.
- Two of The Magpies last four defeats have been by a score line of 5-3, against Southport and Altrincham.
- Before their win over Stockport, Chorley were winless in their last three league fixtures (D2, L1), their longest streak since three consecutive losses between 27thOctober and 3rdNovember.
- Ryan Hall’s winner at York was Moors’ 72nd league goal this season. They scored 71 in the entire 2017/18 season.
LAST TIME WE MET
We went to Chorley FC commercial and media man, Josh Vosper, 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 as a whole?
“It’s certainly been a roller-coaster. Obviously, the start was incredible – winning our first seven fixtures before drawing at Brackley Town. Of course, we are challenging at the top which is testament to all the staff and playing squad. Despite coming up against ex-Football League teams such as Darlington, York City and Boston United, we are once again proving our worth in the ever-competitive National League North.”
Which players have impressed you this season and who should we look out for today?
“There’s been a lot of stand-out performances from individuals at certain times throughout the season. Matt Urwin’s goalkeeping, Andy Teague’s leadership, Alex Newby’s pace and Marcus Carver’s goals have all been pivotal to our success so far. For me, skipper Andy Teague has once again demonstrated why he’s the best at this level. A rock at the back who has recently impressed in front of goal, netting three in the last four fixtures. Without question a Club legend who gives everything to the cause and a firm fan favourite at Victory Park.”
Without knowing your result against Stockport on Saturday, do you think you have deserved to go up automatically over the course of the season?
“We’ve given ourselves the best possible chance. After being top for most of the season, it would obviously be disappointing not to lift the title after Bradford (Park Avenue) but we’ll prepare accordingly either way. I don’t think many would have imagined us battling for the title against Stockport County at the beginning of the season, but once again we are showing our credentials which is what fans want to see.”
What are your memories of playing against Spennymoor Town?
“Obviously, we’ve had some battles over the years, and it was disappointing to lose back in November. Although it was a week before our FA Cup game against Doncaster Rovers so perhaps our mind was elsewhere leading up to the First-Round Proper fixture. It’s also fair to say Brewery Field hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us in the past and I’m sure we’ll be wanting to put that right today.”
LAST FIVE RESULTS
20/4/19 | NLN | CHORLEY 2-0 Stockport County
13/4/19 | NLN | Altrincham 5-3 CHORLEY
6/4/19 | NLN | CHORLEY 1-1 AFC Telford
30/3/19 | NLN | Chester 0-0 CHORLEY
23/3/19 | NLN | CHORLEY 3-0 Leamington
ONE TO WATCH | JAMES ARMSON
Meppen-Walter is a former England youth international who signed on for a second stint in black and white in June 2018 after a short spell at Victory Park towards the end of the 2015/16 campaign. He is a real presence in defence or midfield, with a hammer for a left foot, and has spent the last two seasons at Stockport County and Glossop North End. He recently scored twice against Altrincham in a 5-3 defeat.
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.