We turn our attentions to the weekend’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Banbury United’s National League North visit to The Brewery Field.
Spennymoor Town v Banbury United
National League North
Saturday 20th January 2024, 3pm
The Brewery Field
Banbury United will make their second successive long trip north this weekend having had their spirits boosted by a battling 2-2 draw at Blyth Spartans last weekend.
The Puritans enjoyed their first season at National League North level last term following their Southern Premier League Central Division title triumph in 2021/22.
Mark Jones’ side are two points and two places below Moors in the table ahead of the weekend but will have been buoyed by the point at Blyth which ended a run of four successive defeats.
Banbury have been better on the road than they have on home soil this season so far – indeed, they have secured exactly double the number of points on their travels as they have on their own patch.
Moors ran out comfortable 3-0 winners when they made the trip to Banbury United on the opening day of the current National League North campaign.
Glen Taylor opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Danny Greenfield added a second at the end of a swift counterattack and it was three when Taylor buried his second of the afternoon.
Ben Pollock will have his fitness assessed after the defender was forced to sit out the last two games, while Will Harris could come back into contention following illness.
New signings Donald Chimalilo, Jordy Mongoy and Dan Myers will all be hoping to make home debuts in Saturday’s game against The Puritans.
Oliver Noonan will be the man with the whistle on Saturday afternoon at The Brewery Field, and he will be assisted by Stephen Birkett and Sam Bayley.
Home and away fans are encouraged to buy their tickets online in advance where possible, but cash and card turnstiles will also be in operation ahead of kick-off on the day.
If you can’t make it to The Brewery Field on Saturday then fear not – we’ll be delivering our popular online audio commentary to keep fans all over the world in the picture.
Mark Simpson will be live on Durham OnAir from 2.50pm on Saturday and supporters have a wide range of methods in which to access the coverage online, on the radio or on Freeview.
Moors have been installed as 19/20 favourites for three points, with Banbury United rated a 12/5 shot for victory and a draw also priced up at 12/5 with the bookies.