We turn our attentions to Tuesday evening’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Moors’ National League North trip to Haig Avenue.
Southport v Spennymoor Town
National League North
Tuesday 6th February 2024, 7.45pm
Southport suffered a slow start to the new season which saw them pick up just one point from their first six games and led to the departure of long-serving boss Liam Watson at the end of August.
The arrival of Jim Bentley as the new man in charge prompted a dramatic upturn in form for The Sangrounders, who went on to win five of their next six to gain some stability.
Wins have been more difficult to come by during December and into January, with their 2-0 triumph over Darlington a month ago their only victory in the league since November.
Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Boston United saw Southport drop into the bottom four and that adds an even greater emphasis on Moors’ visit to Haig Avenue on Tuesday evening.
Moors enjoyed an emphatic win over Southport when they made the trip to The Brewery Field back in the opening month of the current National League North campaign.
Glen Taylor and Rob Ramshaw both scored twice, and Will Harris also found the net as Moors came from a goal behind to run out 5-1 winners.
Glen Taylor remains sidelined with a knee problem, while Owen Gallacher is now approaching fitness after dislocating his shoulder in the game at Hereford just before Christmas.
Gareth Thomas will take charge for Tuesday’s game against Southport at Haig Avenue, and he will be assisted by Adam Watson and Jack Churchill.
It’s the third time this season that Thomas has overseen a Moors fixture having been on the whistle for our away game at Farsley Celtic and last month’s home game against Brackley Town.
Moors fans can buy tickets online in advance or at Haig Avenue prior to kick-off on the evening of the game.
If you can’t make it along to Haig Avenue on Tuesday evening, then you can follow the action with full live commentary on Durham OnAir.
Mark Simpson will be live from 7.35pm and our popular live coverage is accessible on the radio, online or via Freeview so you’ll be able to listen wherever you are.
The bookies are struggling to separate the two sides with Moors installed as slight favourites at 7/5, while hosts Southport can be backed at odds of 13/8 and the draw is priced up at 9/4.