Two teams heavily embroiled in the play-off battle come face to face on Saturday as Spennymoor travel to the Horsfall Stadium to play Bradford Park Avenue.
A strong run over the festive period, which has seen Moors collect seven points from nine, has catapulted them to 4th in the league and boosted their play-off credentials.
Bradford Park Avenue are two points below Moors having played a game more, meaning three points for Jason Ainsley’s side could see them create a healthy gap between the two teams.
Avenue have mirrored Spennymoor’s form over the Christmas and New Year fixtures, winning two and drawing once, with the 4-0 away victory at Southport proving they are serious contenders to be in the play-off equation in May.
A crazy final ten minutes at home against Curzon Ashton, which saw Avenue score twice in the final minutes after conceding a late equaliser, sealed a Boxing Day victory over Curzon Ashton, before a 96th minute equaliser from Sam Madeley denied them maximum points in the reverse fixture on New Years Day.
There was a sense of frustration heading into Christmas for Moors as they threw away a three goal lead at home against FC United of Manchester, but that setback was quickly forgotten when Chris Mason’s header in the dying minutes secured a memorable away day against Blyth Spartans at Croft Park.
A comprehensive second half display put Spartans to the sword on New Years Day, with Glen Taylor’s brilliant second half goal to seal the win proving a hit on social media. The 3-1 win meant Moors leapfrogged Blyth and into the top four of the division for the start of the new year.
Moors only have doubts over the fitness of Jamie Chandler (groin) and Kallum Griffiths (thigh).
ONE TO WATCH: ADAM BOYES
Yorkshire born Boyes, despite only being 27, boasts a wealth of experience at several clubs. He is Avenue’s main threat and has netted 11 times this season, only bettered by Oli Johnson who has struck 13 times.
Boyes started his career with the York City youth system, before making his first-team debut in 2008. Following a trial with Manchester United, he signed a professional contract at York and he scored his first goal against Kidderminster Harriers.
He has previously been on loan with former club York and Kidderminster Harriers, and after being released by Scunthorpe in 2011, he signed for Boston United. Spells at Barrow, Guiseley and Gateshead followed, before he joined Avenue this year.
“It’s a big game. It’s 5th vs 4th and a we know we are in for a test. They’ve had some very good results, especially at home, and have one of the leagues form sides in recent months. They came to The Brewery Field in August and gave us a real test despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise. Only a quick spell of goals before half-time won us the game, but they played some good football and were a physically strong team.”