We turn our attentions to the weekend’s action with our comprehensive preview of Mickleover’s FA Trophy Second Round visit to The Brewery Field.
Spennymoor Town v Mickleover
FA Trophy Second Round
Saturday 18th November 2023, 3pm
The Brewery Field
Mickleover have enjoyed a wonderful start to the 2023/24 campaign and currently sit five points clear at the top of the Southern League Premier Central Division.
John McGrath’s in-form side have tasted defeat just once in the league so far and 11 wins from a possible 15 have seen them emerge as strong candidates for the title.
Sports narrowly missed out on a place in the play-offs last term after being moved into the Central Division and it looks like the Derbyshire outfit are keen to leave nothing to chance this time around.
Mickleover have seen off Barwell and Worksop Town in their previous outings in the FA Trophy this term to set up Saturday’s Second Round tie at The Brewery Field.
Moors and Mickleover shared the Northern Premier League Premier Division back in 2016/17 and it was Jason Ainsley’s side who came out on top in both meetings.
A 3-0 victory at The Brewery Field in December 2016 was followed up by a convincing 5-0 triumph when Moors travelled to a rainy Derbyshire the following March.
Andy Inness is set to continue in temporary charge of First Team affairs as Lewis Dickman recuperates from surgery on an inflamed appendix last weekend.
Inness must decide whether to make any changes to his starting eleven following Tuesday night’s National League North defeat at home to South Shields.
Christiopher Ellis is the man who will take charge of Saturday’s game at The Brewery Field, and he will be assisted by Karl Barron and Lewis Marriner.
Fans of both sides can buy their ticket in advance online if preferred, while there will also be the function to buy via card or cash directly on the turnstiles prior to kick-off.
Fans who can’t make it along to The Brewery Field on Saturday can keep bang up to date by joining us on Durham OnAir where we’ll be providing full live audio commentary.
Mark Simpson will be on-air from 2.50pm on Saturday to set the scene and then describe the action as it unfolds – and there are numerous ways for you to access the live coverage.
Both sides can name up to seven substitutes for Saturday’s FA Trophy Second Round tie, with a maximum of three being able to be used during the 90 minutes.
If the game is level at the end of 90 minutes, it will be immediately settled by a penalty shootout without the need for any extra time.
Moors have been installed as 4/6 favourites for victory inside 90 minutes on Saturday, with visitors Mickleover rated a 3/1 shot for the win and odds of 11/4 on the tie going to penalties.