Match Centre | Guiseley vs Spennymoor Town

Dan Ward and Jamie Chandler challenge Jordan Nicholson against Hereford.

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Moors finally get the chance to gather some momentum following a week break as they travel to second place Guiseley.

Postponements against Blyth Spartans and Boston United due to ongoing pitch and ground works meant Jason Ainsley’s side were forced to watch on as the season kicked into gear.

Guiseley began their campaign with two consecutive victories against King’s Lynn Town and Bradford (Park Avenue), scoring eight times without reply.

However, they head into Tuesday’s fixture on the back of a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Southport, with Lions manager Russ O’Neill saying “it’s a big learning curve for the young group” following the loss.

Spennymoor will have Stephen Brogan and Gavin Cogdon available after they were both unavailable for the opening day draw at Hereford, however, Rob Ramshaw is still suspended.

Despite currently sitting one place above the drop zone and five points behind the Lions, Moors are in a unique position and will be playing catch up over the next month.

Moors drew 2-2 in the opening game of the 2019/20 season at Edgar Street.

OPPOSITION

Much like Moors’ opening day opponents, Hereford, who have just parted ways with their manager Marc Richards, Guiseley experienced a season of transition in 2018/19. The Lions finished one place above the relegation zone but comfortably out of sight of 20th place Ashton United, with the 1-1 home draw against their drop zone rivals in April all but confirming their safety. Draws, and the huge amount of them, were Guiseley’s main issue last season, with 17 registered in 42 league games. That equates to 40% of their league season.

Russ O’Neill will be aiming to win a third game in four this season.

It’s been a busy summer for manager’s O’Niell and Marcus Bignot. The Lions brought in Hamza Bencherif, Pakistan international Tabish Hussain, George Cantrill, Will Thornton and Kaine Felix. Prolific strikers Gabriel Johnson and Aaron Martin, Andrai Jones, Jamie Spencer and Scott Smith were other new additions.

Spencer, who impressed against Moors for Bradford (Park Avenue) last season, scored twice in the opening day win over King’s Lynn Town and once against his former club, but it’s Martin who looks to have solved their scoring troubles of last season. The forward has netted four times in the first three games, including a hat-trick at BPA.

LAST TIME WE MET

Moors took four points from Guiseley last season, drawing 1-1 at Nethermoor after Rowan Liburd cancelled out Glen Taylor’s penalty, before a thriller ensued at The Brewery Field in April. Shane Henry scored a quick fire double to put Moors in control, with Rob Ramshaw heading in a third after Guiseley had pulled one back. Will Hatfield’s ludicrous free-kick made it nervy, but Spennymoor held on.

Moors beat Guiseley in a thriller at The Brewery Field in April.

STATS CENTRE

  • Guiseley scored eight times in their first two games this season. It took them eight games to register the same total in 2018/19.
  • Aaron Martin (4) and Jamie Spencer (3) have scored 87.5% of Guiseley’s goals this season. Aram Soleman is the only other player to score for The Lions.
  • Their 3-0 loss at Southport on Saturday was their heaviest defeat since 19th January at Chorley (also 3-0).
  • Despite only playing one game this season, Moors (2) have scored more goals than Gateshead (1) , Brackley Town (1) and Bradford (Park Avenue) (1) who have all played three times.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

Is it just me or has the past week felt like an extension of the summer break? The return of Spennymoor’s National League North duties at Guiseley on Tuesday is evening incredibly welcome after a week away from the action. As frustrating as it is, we all need to remember the bigger picture. Major investment has been put into a stunning new pitch and stand, both of which will transform the image of the club as a whole. Sometimes, we need to take short-term hits to realise long-term goals. This situation perfectly defines that statement.

It’s now a case of getting our heads down and diving into the 2019/20 campaign with games coming thick and fast over the next few weeks. Farsley Celtic lie in wait after the trip to Nethermoor, before a mouthwatering home game against York City on 24th. We end August with a trip to Curzon Ashton on Bank Holiday Monday before we welcome Chester to The Brewery Field. The week off has given Moors a chance to assess the early action in the division, and everything points to an open league with none of the 22 teams registering a perfect record over the first three rounds of fixtures.

Guiseley are the top scorers in the division courtesy of 3-0 and 5-0 wins in their first two fixtures. Their thumping win over BPA saw a hat-trick for summer signing Aaron Martin who has quickly adjusted to life at this level. A 3-0 loss at Southport threw the form book firmly out of the window, as The Sandgrounders had previously been involved in two goalless draws against Gateshead and Curzon Ashton, further showcasing the unpredictable nature of the league. After watching the rest of the pack rack up the minutes and points, it’s important for Moors to get their season rolling.


INFO FOR TRAVELLING FANS

Nethermoor Park, the home of Guiseley.

TICKET INFO

Tickets can be purchased at the turnstiles priced at £13 adults, £9 concessions, £5 U18’s and £1 U11’s with match programmes available for £3 each.

Tickets can also be bought online in advance here.

SUPPORTERS COACH

The supporters coach is now fully booked.

The Moors Tavern will be open from 3pm, with the coach leaving for Guiseley at 4.30pm.

TRAVELLING BY CAR

There is a free car park extremely close to the ground on Netherfield Road, sat nav post code LS20 9PD.

Parking here is free and you can access Nethermoor by the footbridge in the back corner.

For those with electric cars, local pub The Halfway House in Baildon has a charge point.

We remind everybody who travels by car to park legally and considerately.  Local residential streets are monitored by stewards and if you park illegally or cause obstructions, you run a real risk of receiving a parking ticket or, worse still, having your vehicle removed by traffic officials.