Preview: Clitheroe v Moors

Clitheroe v Spennymoor Town
Saturday 17th September 2022, 3pm
Emirates FA Cup

In Opposition
Clitheroe currently sit in seventh position in the Northern Premier League Division One West though they have only played five league games so far this season.

The Blues needed two attempts to make their way past Heaton Stannington in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, triumphing 2-1 in a replay at Shawbridge last Wednesday.

 Like Moors, Clitheroe have Joint Managers in place – Billy Priestley continues to mix playing with his role as boss, while Kyle Hall returned in the summer to work alongside him as Manager and Head Coach.

The team warmed-up for this weekend’s FA Cup tie by making progress in the FA Trophy last time out, overcoming 1874 Northwich at Shawbridge on Tuesday evening.

One To Watch
Sefton Gonzales rejoined The Blues in the summer of 2021 having previously been in Clitheroe colours between 2013 and 2016 when he fired 40 goals in 80 appearances.

The experienced 6ft 4ins front man is a real handful for opposition defences and was one of the key players for Clitheroe as they fought their way past Heaton Stannington in the previous round of the FA Cup.

Now 30, Gonzales spent part of 2020 on the books at South Shields, but he’s also turned out for the likes of Ramsbottom, Matlock, Droylsden, FC United of Manchester and Altrincham in recent years.

Head To Head
The sides shared a division in 2015/16 when they both played in Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division One North and Moors did the double over The Blues, winning 5-0 at home and then 1-0 away.

On The Whistle
David McNamara will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Clitheroe, and he will be assisted by Thomas Maher and Bilal Moosa.

Tickets are on sale in advance via Clitheroe’s online tickets portal, while Moors fans will also be able to pay on cash turnstiles on the day of the game at Shawbridge.

Click here to buy your tickets for Saturday’s game now.

Live Coverage
Fans all over the world will be able to enjoy live audio commentary of Saturday’s game as we continue our partnership with Durham OnAir.

Mark Simpson will be live from Shawbridge from 2.50pm with supporters able to access the live coverage online, via the Durham OnAir app or on DAB radio.

Competition Rules
If Saturday’s game is all-square at 90 minutes, then the tie will go to a replay to be hosted at The Brewery Field no later than next Thursday.

Both sides are able to name seven substitutes during the Qualifying Rounds of the competition, with up to three of these able to come on at any point during the 90 minutes.

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