After three stunning wins in a row, Spennymoor travel to Leamington looking to gather more points in a campaign that has quickly become less about consolidation and more about promotion.
The Brakes currently occupy 17th spot in the Vanarama National League North after consecutive losses. But this was preceded by a hugely impressive October comprising the 3-0 drubbing of North Ferriby; draws with Harrogate and York; and a 3-2 away win against table-toppers Salford City.
The Moors’ performances have improved progressively over the last month, culminating in what Jason Ainsley dubbed their “best 90 minutes of the season” against title-chasing Harrogate Town last week.
David Foley hit another goal of the season contender, which was followed up by another notch for Glen Taylor and a precision strike from Robert Ramshaw for his first of the campaign. The victory closed the gap between the sides to three points, although Harrogate have a game in hand, sitting in third spot.
This weekend’s trip presents an opportunity to go level on points with Town, but will depend on a big favour from struggling Boston United.
- The Moors’ 3-1 home victory over Harrogate Town was the visitors’ first away loss of the season.
- Leamington have so far played six of the current top 10 sides in the league, with a record of: W2, D2, L2.
- Only basement boys North Ferriby (9) and eighth-place Chorley (20) have scored fewer goals this season than Leamington (22).
- Glen Taylor’s strike against Harrogate was his 10th league goal of the season, making him joint fourth top scorer in the National League North.
SPENNYMOOR TEAM NEWS
After a period of poor fitness, Ryan Hall came through the Harrogate match unscathed. But Shane Henry remains a doubt with the knee injury that kept him out of the previous fixture and Glen Taylor has also picked up a knock.
VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX
“You’d be forgiven for thinking this game should be a walk in the park for Moors in their current form. But, it’s been quite clear that anyone can beat anyone so far this season in the National League North. The Moors have fallen foul of opponents in the lower reaches of the table already and must take the focus, desire and tempo from the Harrogate game into this Saturday too.
“Jason Ainsley’s men need no more warning than the statistic mentioned above to take The Brakes seriously. Earning five points against Salford, York and Harrogate in consecutive games takes some doing.
“That said, The Moors looked at their blistering best last week and tore the fourth best defense in the league to shreds. Wide-men Hall and Foley had arguably their most influential games of the season against Harrogate and were instrumental in all three goals. It will be interesting to see how they fare this week. They’ll be full of energy and confidence but will perhaps have more work to do defensively in an away fixture.”
ONE TO WATCH
Direct, dangerous and a goal threat, Revan has been a key player for The Brakes over the last month. He came off the bench to strike the dramatic late winner over Salford City on 7 October. He was then instrumental in the 3-0 victory over North Ferriby, with an assist for the first goal and winning the penalties for the second and third.
The attacker can play in a number of positions across the front and possesses natural pace, great feet and a chaos-causing long-throw. He has regularly entered matches from the bench this season, utlising these attributes to change games in The Brakes’ favour.
After being released from Derby County’s academy, he has spent time with Loughborough University, Oadby Town, Corby Town and home-town club Rugby Town.
THE GAFFER’S THOUGHTS
“We’ve no doubt that Leamington will present another very difficult test for us. It was only last month they were on that fantastic run.
“We’re in a good run of form ourselves and want to maintain that before heading into our FA Trophy game the following week against Cleethorpes.”