Match Centre | Spennymoor Town vs Blyth Spartans

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Spennymoor will be aiming for maximum points this week ahead of a double header against the bottom two sides in the National League North, starting with Blyth Spartans this evening.

Spartans are bottom of the division and have collected two points from their nine games so far this campaign. They are the only side without a win this season.

However, they claimed a creditable 1-1 draw at home to Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday thanks to Robbie Dale’s superb free-kick.

Moors come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw with league leaders King’s Lynn Town on an afternoon where missed chances cost Spennymoor in the second half. Headers from Adam Marriott and Rory McAuley salvaged a smash and grab point for The Linnets.

This is the first meeting between the sides since New Year’s Day when a second half comeback saw Spartans leave The Brewery Field with a point. In fact, both fixtures last year over the festive period ended 2-2.

Jason Ainsley’s side are in desperate need of three points as well as a clean sheet, with Moors yet to record a shutout this campaign.


MATCH SPONSOR

A big thanks to Solan Connor Fawcett who are our match sponsor for tonight’s game!


LAST TIME WE MET


OPPOSITION

We got the views of Blyth Media Officer Jordan Cronin ahead of today’s game. Read the full thoughts of Jordan in our match day programme, ‘The Moors’.

It obviously hasn’t been the start you were looking for this season under Lee Clark. How would you assess the first month of the campaign?

After losing virtually our full playing squad and management team from last season who worked wonders to get us into the play-offs, it was always going to be a tough season. Our summer signings need time to settle and gel, which unfortunately has coincided with bad results on the pitch. Sadly for a few players, they were swiftly let go to make room for new signings who Lee felt would be better suited. Unfortunately, the results haven’t improved, however the performances have during the end of August. Overall, it was a month of change and experiments. Hopefully, the encouraging glimpses we showed against Bradford, Guiseley and Darlington will soon turn into wins. 

In terms of the players brought in over the summer, who has made an impact in the early fixtures?

Adam Wrightson. He was on the books at Croft Park last season and ended up re-signing after a few weeks as a ‘free agent’. In previous seasons, Wrighty was used as an impact sub, however, has been handed a starring role by Lee Clark this time around. His pace is frightening, something which drives any full-back crazy. Olly Scott is another. He’s 18 but still looks about 14! For a young lad in his first month in senior football, he looks like a brilliant talent and someone who isn’t afraid to get stuck in. 

Favourite moment of the season so far?

Not losing at Bradford PA… No, in all seriousness, I was absolutely thrilled to see Ryan Hutchinson return to the starting 11 against York City. He picked up a very serious knee injury at Harrogate Town in the previous season and was on the side-lines for over a year. Unfortunately, he has picked up a little niggle since then, but it is great to see that he is nearing full fitness again. 


Picture credit to Blyth Spartans.

STATS CENTRE

  • Moors are unbeaten against since Blyth since both teams gained promotion to the National League North in 2017 (W2, D2)
  • Blyth are six points worse off at this stage of the season compared to 2018/19.
  • Spartans are the only side in the division without a win in 2019/20 and have scored the fewest goals (3).
  • Former Moors players Jake Orrell and Lewis Hawkins are in the Blyth squad.
  • Moors have fell behind in six of their seven games this season, the only excepetion being against Curzon Ashton.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

Spartans have endured a disappointing start to their season under new boss Lee Clark after a summer of change at Croft Park. A sole point in their first eight games mean they are rooted to the bottom of the league, but much like analysing our start, you have to remember that it’s very early days. Both Moors and Blyth suffered from sluggish starts in 2018/19 and went on to enjoy brilliant campaigns. Spartans put together a seven-match winning run at the end of the season and jumped into the play-offs, being knocked out on penalties by Altrincham following a 2-2 draw after extra time. If things had gone differently, we could have been meeting in the play-off final at The Brewery Field! 

Back to the game, and when I think of this game I automatically think of the festive season. Our previous four meetings have either been on Boxing Day or New Year’s Day, so it feels a bit odd to be playing them in September! My fondest memory of this game has to be Chris Mason’s last-minute header to win the three points back in 2017. It was one of those games where the quick tempo never dropped from the first minute to the last, and either side could have won it.


IMPORTANT MATCH INFORMATION

admission prices

Please note this game is NOT ALL TICKET and fans can pay on the turnstiles.

Adults: £14
Concessions: £9
Under 18: £4
Under 10: FREE


NOTICES FOR SUPPORTERS

AWAY FANS MUST ENTER VIA TURNSTILE 7.

The South terracing is still under construction and will, therefore, be closed for the Chester game.  Effectively this makes The Brewery Field a three-sided ground for the match.  This will not affect the amenities such as catering or toilet provision.

The Tees Crescent turnstile will be closed for entry to the ground due to work, however it will be opened for use as an exit at full time.

The game will not be segregated.


CAR PARKING

Postcode for car park: DL16 6JW

The club has made strides to alleviate parking issues on a match day by striking a two-year deal with Durham County Council to utilise the old Durham Road school site for match day parking. 

The car park will be manned by Spennymoor Town Youth FC volunteers and the price of use will be a donation to the Academy.  All proceeds go to the Academy itself.

All spectators are advised to arrive at least half an hour before kick off to avoid potential congestion at the turnstiles 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 at [email protected]


PROGRAMMES

Spennymoor Town’s official match day programme, ‘The Moors’, is on sale during home games at The Brewery Field.

Revamped and redesigned for the 2019/20 season, the 40-page programme offers exclusive interviews, features, reports and information in and around the club.

Programme: £2.50

Half Time Raffle: £1

Golden Goal: £1


SEATS, FOOD AND DRINK

Available seats for supporters: 739

  • Ramside Hall Estates Main Stand | 250
  • Motif8 Pond Stand | 489

Seats are available on a first come first basis. No reservations.

Supporter’s marquee opens:

  • 1.30pm on weekend/Bank Holiday fixtures
  • 6.45pm on midweek fixtures

Food and drink will be available inside the ground from:

  • 1.30pm on weekend/Bank Holiday fixtures
  • 6.45pm on midweek fixtures

Spennymoor Town Football Club,
The Brewery Field
Wood Vue
Spennymoor
County Durham
DL16 6JN