MATCH PREVIEW | AFC Telford United vs Spennymoor Town

Moors play the first of ten games this month as they make the long trip to face AFC Telford United for the first time this season.

Multiple postponements and cup commitments have kept these two sides apart during the course of the season, but they are finally set to meet for the first time since a FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying replay on Tuesday 28th October 2014.

More torrential weather saw the cancellation of both teams’ games on Easter Monday, with both home grounds unplayable due to a waterlogged pitch.

It’s a crucial contest for varying different reasons and one which could affect the race to stay in the division as well as get into the play-off’s.

Moors and Telford have played the least games out of the division’s 22 teams, so reading too much into their current league positions could be naive with points still to be won.

The hosts are third from bottom and two points from 19th place Curzon Ashton, but, perhaps more importantly, are only four points away from 18th place Tamworth with four games in hand on The Lambs.

The fixture represents the start of a hectic month for Jason Ainsley and his side, with ten games coming up in quick succession, and with bottom half teams such as North Ferriby, Alfreton and Telford again in three weeks to play, there is a prime opportunity to collate valuable points.

But, as Moors found out on Good Friday, league position can so often go out of the window after the heavy 4-1 defeat to second from bottom Gainsborough Trinity.

STATS CENTRE

  • Spennymoor (32) and Telford (34) are the two teams who have played the least amount of games in the division this season.
  • Moors’ away haul of 27 points from a possible 54 is only bettered by top two sides Salford City (35) and Harrogate Town (33).
  • Telford’s total of 18 points at home is only better than one side in the division this season – North Ferriby who have won eight.
  • Marcus Dinanga has scored 10 league goals for Telford this season, 24% of his sides total goal tally (42).
  • Rob Edwards’ side have collected eight points from a possible 33 against teams currently in the play-off’s this season (W2,D2,L7).

LAST TIME WE MET

It’s been a while! The last time we faced AFC Telford was in an FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying tie in late October. Moors led 2-0 with the ninety minutes gone at The Brewery Field in the original tie, but two late goals denied them a route to the next round. Telford triumphed 3-0 in the replay the following week.

FORM GUIDE (LAST 5 LEAGUE)

AFC TELFORD UNITED

Bradford Park Avenue 2-1 AFC Telford United

AFC Telford United 0-0 Darlington

Alfreton Town 0-1 AFC Telford United

Southport 3-0 AFC Telford United

AFC Telford United 1-2 Nuneaton Town

SPENNYMOOR TOWN

Gainsborough Trinity 4-1 Spennymoor Town

Harrogate Town 1-2 Spennymoor Town

Spennymoor Town 1-0 Leamington

Chorley 3-1 Spennymoor Town

Salford City 3-2 Spennymoor Town

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

“It’s another vital game as we continue to catch up on our postponements and fixture backlog. Remarkably, we have reached the final month of the season and it’s the first time we are meeting Telford! Originally scheduled for early December, the fixture has been postponed twice since due to bad weather.

“That makes them a somewhat unknown quantity as we make the long trip to The New Bucks Head Stadium. They need to start winning games quickly or face getting sucked deeper into the relegation mire, but with games in hand on sides above them, they have a good chance of staying up.

“This game proceeds our defeat at Gainsborough Trinity, so bouncing back from that loss and getting back on a winning note is crucial in order to gather momentum for the weeks ahead. This is our first of ten games this month…”

ONE TO WATCH: ANTHONY DWYER

Signed in the summer after a successful trial period, the 20-year-old Montserrat striker has already repaid the faith in him shown by Rob Edwards. After rising through the ranks at Mansfield Town, he had loan spells at Mickleover Sports and Carlton Town before being released in 2016. Dwyer represented Ilkeston, Stafford Rangers and Matlock last term.