SETTING THE SCENE
Spennymoor will enjoy the home comforts of The Brewery Field for the first time since September 15th when they entertain Ashton United on Saturday afternoon.
Fresh from collecting his Manager of the Month award for September, Jason Ainsley will be looking to spearhead Moors to a sixth victory in seven league games following a rare weekend off.
A comfortable 3-0 win at Hereford a fortnight ago saw Moors move into the divisions top four and assert themselves as the in-form team in the National League North, with an impressive 16 points from a possible accumulated since August Bank Holiday weekend.
Ashton United, one of the newly promoted outfits, currently lie in 14th place with 13 points, but, after a run of just one win in their first nine games, they will now be hoping to collect their fifth consecutive victory in all competitions.
Wins over Hereford and Leamington were sandwiched between two FA Cup ties victories over Trafford and Kings Lynn, resulting in a Fourth Qualifying Round showdown with Southport next Saturday.
With only three points separating Moors in 4th and Kidderminster in 2nd, there is a gathering sense of momentum and belief that Ainsley can lead the club to new heights.
- Moors are the league’s in-form team with 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five league fixtures, one more than Kidderminster (12)
- After conceding 10 goals in their opening five fixtures, Moors have let in just two in their last six league games.
- Glen Taylor scored three and assisted two goals in September, meaning he was involved in 56% of league goals Moors scored in the month.
- Ashton United’s 11 league fixtures have heralded 42 goals, an average of 3.81 per game.
- The Robins suffered a run of seven games without a win before recording three victories on the bounce in all competitions at the end of September.
- Matt Chadwick (6) and Nico Evangelinos (2) have scored 47% of Ashton’s goals so far this campaign.
LAST TIME WE MET
A week on from suffering a 1-2 home defeat to Ashton United at The Brewery Field, Moors returned the favour at Hurst Cross with a win via the same score line. James Curtis headed home Craig Gott’s in swinging cross after 20 minutes to open the scoring – the centre back’s first goal after joining the club in the summer of 2016 – before Glen Taylor had a golden chance to double the lead soon after, but he was denied by Branagan in the Ashton goal.
Moors continued to dominate, and, with just under 20 minutes remaining, Taylor made amends for his earlier missed opportunity. Kallum Griffiths was the provider, swinging in a teasing cross which the striker headed in. Matthew Chadwick, who has scored six times this season for The Robins, made it a nervy ending after he completed a solo run with a powerful low finish past Andy Rafferty.
As one of the smallest clubs in terms of stature in the National League North, Ashton United’s voyage into a league containing several full-time clubs was always going to be a tricky task. After promotion from the Evo-Stik North Premier Division courtesy of a play-off final win over Grantham Town, The Robins opened the 2018/19 campaign strongly, with five points from their opening three games, including a remarkable comeback at FC United of Manchester where they overturned a 1-3 half time deficit to eventually win 4-3. But, that early season surge was halted after a run of just two points from a possible 18, with back to back 2-2 draws with Southport and Darlington coming in the middle of defeats against York, Brackley, Telford and Chorley.
However, a 2-0 win at Hereford in mid-September has kickstarted The Robins campaign, with the added bonus of a run to the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup raising their morale even higher. According to George Clayton, the club’s media man, Ashton are considered underdogs throughout the division because of their size: “We never expect too much just that the players and the club as a whole gives their all. It’s brilliant to see little old Ashton in a high league when on paper we shouldn’t have made it here given our size and budget. But Ashton is a volunteer run club and every has worked incredibly hard to get into this position.”
LAST FIVE RESULTS
6/10/18 | FA3QR | Kings Lynn 0-1 ASHTON UNITED
29/9/18 | NLN | ASHTON UNITED 2-1 Leamington
22/9/18 | FA2QR | ASHTON UNITED 3-0 Trafford
15/9/18 | NLN | Hereford 0-2 ASHTON UNITED
8/9/18 | NLN | ASHTON UNITED 0-5 Chorley
ONE TO WATCH | MATTHEW CHADWICK
Ashton’s flying left-footed winger earned a place in NPL ‘Team of the Year’ for 2014 and is now in his second spell with the club; finished third top scorer for the club during the 2015-16 campaign. He has found the net six times this season, scoring 35% of The Robins National League North goals.
“I feel like we have played some very good stuff at home so far this season. We were excellent against Nuneaton in a game which people expected us to win, but if you look at their result against York a few weeks ago where they played very well and got a point, it shows how well we performed. We will have to be at those levels against Ashton today who have really picked up of late. They have some good players and a manager I know very well, and he will have his squad fired up.”
INFO FOR TRAVELLING SUPPORTERS
TRAVELLING SUPPORTERS GROUND DIRECTIONS
Spennymoor Town Football Club,
The Brewery Field,
Travelling Supporters Ground Directions:
At Junction 56, continue forward on to the A1(M). Leave the A1(M) at Junction 60, then at the roundabout take the first exit on to the A689.
At Rushyford roundabout, take the third exit on to the A167.
At roundabout, take the third exit and continue on A167.
At Thinford roundabout, take the first exit on to the A688.
At roundabout, take the first exit and continue on the A688.
At roundabout, take the third exit on to St Andrews Lane.
At roundabout, take the first exit and continue on St Andrews Lane.
At mini-roundabout, take second exit on to King Street,
At mini-roundabout, take second exit on to King Street/Durham Road. Bear right on to Durham Road and take third exit on left on to Wood Vue.
Nearest Railway Station: Durham (6.1 miles away and a 15-minute journey in a taxi)
Nearest Bus Station:Durham Bus Station is in Durham town centre and the No.6 bus takes you to Durham Road, Spennymoor, in around 15 minutes.
Club Shop:Inside the ground and only open match days.
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 the club 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. Don’t however use the Iceland / Home Bargains car park as you are liable to get a fine or clamped after a couple of hours.
All spectators are advised to arrive at least half an hour before kick off to avoid potential congestion at the turnstiles in Wood Vue & Tees Crescent which will be open from 1:30pm on a Saturday/Bank Holiday fixtures or from 6.45pm for a midweek fixture for both sets of supporters.
Coach Parking:Contact the club on 07871206474
Admission will be by payment at the turnstiles and the following prices will apply;
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.
Entry via Turnstile 4 in Wood Vue is Season Ticket Holders, E-Tickets, Academy Players Pass Holders, Press and Ground only guests.
Entry via Turnstile 5 in Wood Vue is for Cash Sales Adults and Juniors only
Entry via Turnstile 6 in Wood Vue is for Cash Sales Concessions only
Entry via Turnstile 7 in Wood Vue is for Away Supporters Cash Sales Adults, Concessions and Juniors
Supporters will be advised of changes when games are the subject of segregation or all ticket.
Half Time Raffle: £1
Golden Goal: £1
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 739 seats available for supporters, 250 in the Ramside Hall Estates main stand and 489 in 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 1:30pm on a Saturday/Bank Holiday fixtures and from 6.45pm on a midweek fixture and is available to visiting supporters, it is located next to the main stand and whilst U18’s are welcome an adult member of their family accompanies them.
Refreshment area facilities will also be open and available from 1:30pm on a Saturday/Bank Holiday fixtures and from 6.45pm on a midweek fixture.
Toilets areas are also available within the ground with 2 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 at The Moors Tavern, which is open from 11am on a Saturday/Bank Holiday fixtures and from 4pm on a midweek fixture, they will 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.
Other local pubs who are official club partners and welcome away supporters are:
Tudhoe and District Victory Club
67 York Villas
Parking within Spennymoor whilst being free is at a premium, therefore located within a 10-minute walk of Brewery Field is Tudhoe Victory Club. We 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.
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.
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.
Spennymoor Working Men’s Club
6 King Street
Popular Working Men’s Club in the town with function room, toilets, bars and large snooker tables for supporters to enjoy some pre-match banter with affordable prices and a friendly welcoming atmosphere.