Moors round off a memorable 2019 with a home clash against Gateshead on Saturday, with both teams looking to bounce back from Boxing Day defeats.
A Stephen Thompson penalty condemned Moors to a first league defeat since early September, coincidentally against tomorrow’s opponents, Gateshead. Glen Taylor had cancelled out Adam Campbell’s opener, and Moors couldn’t find a way through in a frustrating second half.
Gateshead went into their home clash with relegation threatened Blyth Spartans boasting one of the tightest defences on their own turf. But, Spartans scored three times as The Heed lost for the third time at The International Stadium this season.
Moors can rely on strong home form of their own, averaging the most goals at home in the league with 2.55 per game. King’s Lynn have netted seven times more, but have played 12 home games to Moors’ nine.
Five consecutive home league wins have helped Moors into the play-off places, but after the loss at Blackwell Meadows, points are more important than ever with ten points separating Southport in 4th and Gateshead in 11th.
Moors play their 46th and final National League North game of the year, with Jason Ainsley leading his side to some iconic victories along the way.
LAST TIME WE MET
• Before defeat Darlington on Boxing Day, Spennymoor last suffered a league defeat in the reverse fixture with Gateshead on Tuesday September 3rd. Since then, Moors have won seven and drawn four, collecting 25 points from a possible 36.
• Gateshead have only scored six times on the road this season. Only Bradford (Park Avenue) with 4 have netted fewer.
• Moors have the beat goals per game ratio at home this season, averaging 2.55 goals per game. King’s Lynn have averaged 2.5, while Brackley have averaged 2.4.
• Since the 1-0 loss at Gateshead in September, Moors have only failed to score in one league game. That was in the 0-0 draw at Brackley in November.
• Gateshead have played the fewest amount of games away from home this season (8).