SETTING THE SCENE
After a positive point on the opening day of the season at Chester, Spennymoor are aiming to claim a rare victory over Darlington and secure maximum points at The Brewery Field.
It may not have matched the heights of the first day victory over Stockport County a year ago, but in its own way, the 0-0 draw with title favourites Chester, who struck three without reply at Curzon Ashton last night, was an equally brilliant result.
But, there was much more to take away from the North West than just a point, as some of the individual and collective performances across the field would fill even the most pessimistic fan with hope for the next nine months.
Matt Gould was a stand out between the sticks, showing authority and calmness on the ball and under pressure throughout, as well as pulling off a few fantastic saves in the second half. The defence in front of him, despite playing together for the first time competitively, looked at ease, particularly after the interval, with Stephen Brogan showing flashes of his potential going forward.
Had Grant Shelton not been in superb form for Chester between the sticks, then Brogan may have seen a likely goal of the season contender fly into the top corner.
Jason Ainsley spoke of mixed emotions after the dust had settled on a frenetic encounter, but upon reflection, it’s hard to argue that a point apiece was a fair conclusion.
That leads on to tonight’s game against local rivals Darlington, who will be aiming to bounce back following a home defeat to Curzon Ashton on Saturday.
Moors were unable to get the better of The Quakers in the 2017/18 season, drawing 1-1 at Blackwell Meadows on August Bank Holiday weekend, before slipping to a damaging home loss in April.
The stage is set for another high intensity encounter with both teams looking to get their maiden three points of the season on the board.
An opening day loss to Curzon Ashton, after leading courtesy of new signing Simon Ainge’s goal, was a damaging blow for The Quakers, but they will be buoyed with a quick glance at their record against Moors in recent years heading into tonight’s fixture.
This evening’s game will be the eighth time Darlington have faced Spennymoor since their demotion to the Northern League, and over the past seven meetings, they have won five and drawn two, winning on all three occasions they have made the short trip to The Brewery Field.
The arrivals of Jordan Nicholson and Alex Henshall have added more attacking flair to their line-up, while goalkeeper Jonny Maddison has some big boots to fill after the summer exit of the impressive Ainsley Pears to Gateshead.
Tommy Wright, who took over the reins at Blackwell Meadow’s half way through last season, has done a great job steadying the ship, and Darlington now have serious ambitions of making the play-offs.
LAST FIVE RESULTS
4/8/18 | NLN | Darlington 1-2 Curzon Ashton
28/4/18 | NLN | Stockport 1-1 Darlington
25/4/18 | NLN | Darlington 2-4 Southport
21/4/18 | NLN | Darlington 0-0 Nuneaton
19/4/18 | NLN | Spennymoor 1-2 Darlington
ONE TO WATCH | JORDAN NICHOLSON
Nicholson joined Darlington having previously played under current manager Tommy Wright at Nuneaton. He began his career as a reserve team player for Cambridge City, before a successful 2014–15 season in the United Counties League with Eynesbury Rovers.
He joined Histon of the Southern League in summer 2015, where he scored 16 goals in the space of four months. He signed a contract with Peterborough United in 2015 and was loaned out to Nuneaton Town in August 2016 until the rest of the season but was recalled in March 2017.
Nicholson joined Nuneaton on loan again for the 2017-18 season when Tommy Wright was manager. Whilst at Nuneaton over two spells he scored 21 goals in 51 games. On 31 January 2018, he was recalled from loan and joined Barnet permanently from Peterborough, but then Barnet changed managers and he was loaned out to Brackley Town in March 2018 and played eight games for them.
“Tonight, is a good game for us as it automatically gets all the lads up for it. All the players used a lot of energy on Saturday at Chester, but the visit of Darlington is one where you don’t need to say much or get the lads up for it as the fixture does that itself.
“I am expecting a big crowd and a big contingent of Darlington fans to make the trip, and I hope that the Spennymoor fans come in force to support the team because we will need them tonight and throughout the season.
“This is what the new players have bought into and why they have come to the football club. They want to play in front of big crowds and big stadiums, like the one at Chester, and Darlington certainly fit into the category a big side.”
INFORMATION INFORMATION FOR FANS
With the demand for our home game against Darlington expected to be extremely high, supporters are once again encouraged to get to the ground early.
All spectators are advised to arrive at least half an hour before the game to avoid potential congestion.
Turnstile Opening Times: 6.45pm
Supporters WILL BE SEGREGATED, with Spennymoor being accommodated in the Ramisde Estates Main Stand and the Motif8 Pond Stand. Darlington will be accommodated in the open terracing at the Durham Road end and Tees Crescent side.
Darlington supporters are to enter the ground via Turnstile 1 in Tees Crescent and Turnstiles 2 & 3 in Wood Vue (All Cash Turnstiles Only)
Spennymoor Season Ticket Holders, Voucher Holders, E-Tickets, Academy Players Pass Holders, Press and Ground only guests. enter via Turnstile 4
Spennymoor Fans enter via the following turnstiles 5, 6 and 7 (Cash Only Turnstiles)
Entry via Turnstile 5 is for Concessions only
Entry via Turnstile 6 is for Juniors only
Entry via Turnstile 7 is for Adults only
The following admission prices will apply;
Concession: * £9
Juniors Under 18s: £4
Under 10: *** Free
* Over 60s
** Under 11 -18
*** Accompanied by paying adult
**** All disabled supporters will be charged as age applicable however a carer will be submitted
free of charge however proof must be shown at the turnstile.
Half Time Raffle: £1
Golden Goal: £1
Club Website: www.spennymoortownfc.co.uk
Club Twitter: @SpennymoorTown
Club Shop: Closed
Parking at the ground is currently for players and officials with limited disabled supporter parking which must be booked prior to the fixture date by contacting on 07871206474 or [email protected].
Supporters are strongly advised to use public transport or utilise car sharing and give themselves plenty of time for travel. Supporters are requested to respect the surrounding areas and show consideration to neighbouring residents. The local police teams may ticket cars that are illegally or inconsiderately parked.
Durham Road and Wood Vue tend to be very congested on match days so we recommend away supporters use the main Car Parks in the town centre, which is a short walk from the ground. Parking is free. However, don’t use the Iceland / Home Bargains car park as you are liable to get a fine or clamped after a couple of hours.
Parking within Spennymoor whilst being free is at a premium, therefore located within a 10-minute walk of Brewery Field is Tudhoe Victory Club which opens at 7pm, however they are prepared to offer free parking for comfortably up to 100 cars or 6-8 coaches on a ratio of (1 coach = 10 car) for visiting fans on the club’s substantial car park.
Coach Parking: Contact the club on 07871206474
Wheelchair Users: Access via Wood Vue & Tees Crescent entrances and one helper per wheelchair
Prices: Helper admitted free of charge (Proof maybe requested)
Disabled Toilets: 2 Disabled Toilets in ground situated on wood vue and tees crescent side.
Once inside the ground there are 743 seats available for supporters in the Ramside Hall Estates main stand and the Motif8 pond stand. These seats are available on a first come first served basis. There will be no reservations on seats for supporters.
The supporter’s marquee bar in the ground will be open from 6:45pm and it is located next to the Ramside Estates Main Stand, and whilst U18’s are welcome, an adult member of their family must accompany them.
Refreshment area facilities will also be open and available from 6:45pm.
Toilets areas are also available within the ground with two disabled access toilets on either side of the ground.
Any persons that are deemed to be intoxicated and are a cause for concern may be refused entry.
Footballs are also not permitted within the spectator areas for this game.
Away coaches will drop supporters off and then be sent away to park at the council offices at Green lane, Spennymoor, DL16 6JQ which is only one mile away for the coaches to drive.
The Moors Tavern is the club’s official clubhouse and is open to home and away supporters before and after the game (DL16 6QH) – just 80 metres from the Tees Crescent turnstile at The Brewery Field.
The Moors Tavern – (Max 200 internally with a 150 capacity to the rear)
Telephone: 01388 816417
The Moors Tavern is a community pub in the heart of Spennymoor. It is affiliated with, Spennymoor Town FC, which makes it a perfect pre and post match destination for fans of the football club and visiting teams. But the pub has been clear from the day it opened its doors in August 2016 that it was not just a football clubhouse and serves the community of Spennymoor every day with live music, affordable prices and a friendly welcoming atmosphere, perfect for families.
Telephone: 01388 818849
Heavy metal posters and paraphernalia adorn the walls of this two-room town-centre pub, and live music regularly features. Two bars serve the two rooms, and the clientele is a mix of all ages and types.
Tudhoe and District Victory Club
67 York Villas
Telephone: 01388 814080
All of the club’s facilities would be made available on arrival for travelling fans (toilets, bar, Live Sports) plus if requested (numbers in advance) pie and peas or a selection of sandwiches and Tea and Coffee. A free packed lunch and non-alcoholic beverages would be made available to all coach drivers.