We turn our attentions to the FA Trophy with a full and in-depth preview of Runcorn Linnets’ Second Round trip to The Brewery Field.
Spennymoor Town v Runcorn Linnets
Saturday 19th November 2022, 3pm
FA Trophy Second Round
The Brewery Field
Runcorn Linnets arrive in County Durham this weekend high on confidence having enjoyed a recent unbeaten run which has carried them to fourth in Northern Premier League West.
The Cheshire outfit came agonisingly close to promotion last season when they were beaten in the Play-Off Final by Marine having seen off Leek Town in the semi-final.
However, they’ve made another bright start this time around and boss Dave Wild will be hoping they can go one better in 2022/23 and secure a place at a higher level for next term.
Former Hartlepool United striker Billy Paynter is on the backroom staff at Runcorn having taken up a position of First Team Coach during the summer.
One To Watch
Popular front man Jamie Rainford returned to Runcorn Linnets during the summer when he accepted a role as Player/Assistant Manager.
The experienced goal-getter was previously on the books at The Apec Taxis Stadium in 2019 and has been reunited this season with his former Mossley boss Dave Wild.
Rainford knows where the net is and has already helped himself to 12 goals in all competitions during 2022/23 so Moors need to keep a close eye on him this weekend.
Head To Head
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two clubs.
On The Whistle
Jack Hall will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s FA Trophy tie, and he will be assisted by Ryan Boult and Matthew Smith.
Tickets are on sale in advance online to both home and away supporters – buying online being the easy and straightforward way to buy for this weekend’s fixture.
Fans will also be able to pay by cash or card on the turnstiles at The Brewery Field prior to kick-off.
Fans all over the world will be able to enjoy live audio commentary of Saturday’s tie by listening in on Durham OnAir – and there are a number of ways to access the coverage.
Mark Simpson and David Leitch will be live from The Brewery Field from 2.50pm with supporters able to access the live coverage online, via the Durham OnAir app, on DAB radio or on Freeview Channel 277.
Both sides are permitted to name seven substitutes for Saturday’s game, though a maximum of three may be used at any time.
If the game is drawn after 90 minutes, the winner will be decided on a penalty shootout.
Moors have been installed as 1/2 favourites to win on Saturday, while visitors Runcorn are a 4/1 shot while the bookies are giving odds of 3/1 that it will be a draw at 90 minutes.