MATCH PREVIEW | Kidderminster Harriers vs Spennymoor Town

It’s a trip to Worcestershire next for Spennymoor as they aim to bounce back from a damaging home defeat to Curzon Ashton last weekend.

Kidderminster Harriers, currently 13th in the National League North, will welcome Moors to the Aggborough Stadium for the first time as they look to add some much needed consistency to their patchy form this season. Harriers can take confidence from their run in the FA Cup, which, after a 2-0 home win over National League outfit Chester last Saturday, has seen them reach the First Round.

Emmanuel Sanupe, who Harriers snapped up on a one-year deal following a successful spell at the end of last season and his subsequent release from Northampton Town, will be the home side’s main threat having netted six times this campaign, including one in each of Kidderminster’s last three league fixtures.

It was a Saturday of mixed fortunes, as, in contrast to Kidderminster’s FA Cup victory, Moors saw a two goal lead disintegrate in a disastrous second half following the dismissal of Christopher Mason. Boss Jason Ainsley was left to rue Moors’ lack of efficiency in front of goal in the first half after they failed to add to their two goal lead via strikes from Mark Anderson and Glen Taylor.

Despite the prospect of another long away trip, it as become evident that Spennymoor have relished their journeys across the league this season. They have won 13 points from a possible 21 and have collected all three points from their last two on the road against North Ferriby United and Southport. Adding ex-Football League club Kidderminster Harriers to that list would see Moors solidify their position in the play-off zone.

STATS CENTRE

  • Kidderminster have lost only one of their last nine games in all competitions, a 2-1 defeat at Tamworth on 12th September
  • They are currently 13th in the league, 12th in the home form table and 13th in the away form table
  • Harriers have only recorded three clean sheets in 16 games in all competitions in 2017/18
  • Both of Spennymoor’s home defeats this season have been 2-4 defeats
  • Spennymoor have lost on their only trip to West Midlands this season, a 3-1 defeat at Tamworth on 9th September
  • It’s been seven games since Moors last recorded a draw in all competitions, a 1-1 stalemate with Gainsborough Trinity on 2nd September

SPENNYMOOR TEAM NEWS

Christopher Mason is suspended after his red card against Curzon Ashton last weekend. Rob Ramshaw comes back into the side after missing the 2-4 loss last Saturday.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

Last Saturday was the perfect example of a game of two halves. The Brewery Field witnessed some of the best football seen this season in the first half, with Bradley Fewster, Mark Anderson and Glen Taylor all linking up well to cause havoc in the Curzon Ashton backline. A 2-0 lead was the least Moors deserved, but a combination of debatable offside goals, coupled with some missed opportunities, came back to haunt them in the second half.

The way in which Spennymoor collapsed after they were reduced to 10 men caused concern for Jason Ainsley, who, in his post-match interview, spoke of his side’s defending and the need for improvement. In reality, 11v11, Moors would have won the game comfortably, but sometimes matches are decided on big decisions and this one fell into that category.

A trip to Kidderminster may prove to be the perfect tonic for Spennymoor on Saturday. Moors have relished their trips to big clubs and stadiums this season, with wins at FC United of Manchester and Boston United standing out in particular. Harriers have struggled for consistency this season but are on a strong run of form, undoubtably still smarting from their FA Cup exploits against Chester. It won’t be easy, but it never is in a division where anyone can beat anyone.

ONE TO WATCH: JOE IRONSIDE

Despite the goals and standout performances of Emmanuel Sanupe, Kidderminster boast a number of attacking talents in their ranks, with Sheffield United youth player Joe Ironside proving his quality at this level. Ironside, 24, who originates from Middlesbrough, made 16 appearances for Sheffield United but spent the majority of his time on loan. Halifax Town, Harrogate Town, Alfreton Town and Hartlepool United provided Ironside with valuable experience, and he eventually made a permanent switch to Nuneaton Town.

It was at Nuneaton where he flourished, netting 16 goals in 44 appearances during the 2016/17 campaign, with his form earning him a move to Harriers in the summer of 2017 and a call up to the England C team in May. His six goals in all competitions this season has provided further evidence that Ironside is a hot prospect.

Harriers danger man Joe Ironside during the Pre-season friendly match between Kidderminster Harriers and Aston Villa at Aggborough Stadium, Kidderminster, on July 12 2017. Photo by Will Kilpatrick.

GAFFERS THOUGHTS

“This is why you want to be involved in the league, playing against a fantastic team in a great ground with a couple of thousand supporters. It’s going to be a great occasion and one in which we want to show that we deserve to be in the same league as Kidderminster.”