We turn the focus on Saturday’s National League North action with a full and in-depth preview of Moors’ trip to St James Park.
Brackley Town v Spennymoor Town
Saturday 3rd December 2022, 12.30pm
National League North
St James Park
Brackley Town currently sit proudly at the top of the National League North table after enjoying an excellent first half to the 2022/23 campaign.
The Saints actually lost three of their first four outings this term and made the decision to sack boss Kevin Wilkin and replace him with former Cardiff City and Birmingham City defender Roger Johnson.
It proved a catalyst for some vastly improved form and a run of six wins from seven through October and into November helped drive Town towards the summit of the league.
They were held 1-1 at Blyth Spartans last time out and were knocked out of the FA Trophy at Braintree Town the previous weekend but they’re undefeated in the league since the end of September.
One To Watch
The Saints pulled off a major transfer coup in October when they announced the signing of experienced front man Adam Rooney.
The 34-year-old Irishman has amassed over 600 senior games during a career which began at Stoke City and has taken him to the likes of Birmingham City, Aberdeen and Salford City.
He’s now scored over 250 goals in First Team football and has hit the net twice since arriving at St James Park, including a dramatic last-gasp winner against Curzon Ashton last month.
Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the eleventh competitive meeting between the clubs and it’s Brackley who have done the better historically, winning five times in comparison to Moors’ one victory.
Last season’s trip to St James Park ended in a 2-0 defeat, though Moors did take a point when Brackley made the return trip to County Durham in a 1-1 draw in which Jude Oyibo snatched a last-minute equaliser.
On The Whistle
Richard Holmes will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s game at St James Park, and he will be assisted by David Burton and Connor Everard.
Moors fans can save a little money by buying tickets online in advance for Saturday’s game, though they will also be available from Brackley’s Ticket Office prior to kick-off.
If you can’t make it to Brackley for the early kick-off then fear not – because we’ll be providing our usual full live commentary thanks to our link-up with Durham OnAir.
We’ll be live from 2.50pm on Saturday, with supporters able to access the live coverage online, via the Durham OnAir app, on DAB radio or on Freeview Channel 277.
Brackley Town have been installed as 4/5 favourites for three points on Saturday, while Moors are rated an 11/4 shot and the draw is priced up at 12/5 with the bookies.