MATCH PREVIEW | Nuneaton Town vs Spennymoor Town

Andrew Johnson wheels away following his winner against Chorley last weekend. Photo courtesy of Andrew Ferguson.

Spennymoor will be looking to build upon their battling victory over Chorley last Saturday when they travel to lowly Nuneaton Town this weekend.

Andrew Johnson’s instinctive goal just past the hour mark secured a vital three points for Jason Ainsley and his side, aiding Moors’ play-off credentials and increasing the gap between themselves and the chasing pack.

They face a Nuneaton outfit who are teetering above the drop zone and on a poor run of form, winning just three of their previous eleven league fixtures. After showing brief signs of recovery following a start which saw them lose four of their opening five games, The Boro, now managed by Dino Maamria following the departure of Tommy Wright to Darlington, have suffered a dramatic dip in fortunes.

Moors currently boast an identical home and away record this season, having won four, drawn two and lost two at The Brewery Field and on their travels. Victory at Liberty Way could potentially catapult Moors to third in the league, but that scenario would require Blyth to lose at Bradford Park Avenue and Brackley to leave Darlington without all three points.

STATS CENTRE

  • Spennymoor have lost only one of their last six National League North away fixtures.
  • Moors have scored injury time goals in their previous two away games, earning them three points in the process.
  • They have won four of the six away fixtures this season in which they have led at half time, drawing the other two.
  • Nuneaton have scored the same goals at home as Spennymoor this season and have conceded two less, but have recorded one point fewer.
  • The Boro have lost 56% of their games this season in all competition’s (10 out of 18)
  • They have conceded two goals or more in nine of their fixtures this season (all competitions)

SPENNYMOOR TEAM NEWS

Shane Henry will miss the trip after suffering a knee injury.

Jason Ainsley has no other fresh injury concerns.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX 

“Another week, another trip south to the Midlands. With the likes of Tamworth, Kidderminster, Leamington and this weekends opponents, Nuneaton, in the National League North season, the miles are racking up for Moors as they continue to punch above their weight.”

“Last weekend’s win over Chorley was certainly not pretty, but it was a vital three points against a side who are certain to challenge for a play-off spot. It was a case of two evenly matched teams separated by an instinctive finish from Andrew Johnson, who capped off a memorable personal week following his double against Billingham in the cup.”

“Nuneaton, despite being on a poor run of form and clinging on to life outside the drop zone, will be buoyed by the appointment of their new manager, Dino Maamria, following the departure of Tommy Wright. It’s their first home game since he was given the job, so I expect the crowd to generate a great atmosphere.”

ONE TO WATCH: ASHLEY CHAMBERS

Ashley Chambers has netted nine times this season.

Formerly of York, Cambridge, Dagenham and Redbridge and Grimsby Town, Chambers has already netted more goals this season than he did in the entire 2016/17 campaign.

Able to play up front or out on the wing, he started his career at Leicester City where he came through the ranks to make his senior debut at the age of just 15 in 2005 – making him the youngest-ever player to serve The Foxes in a competitive fixture.

After loan spells at Wycombe Wanderers and Grimsby Town, he made the permanent switch to York City in 2010 having had a successful time on loan with The Minstermen. Further stints at Dagenham and Redbridge, Cambridge and Grimsby Town followed, before he sealed a permanent move to The Boro in July following a profitable loan spell.

GAFFERS THOUGHTS

 

It’s another game where we are pitting our wits against a full time club who are very strong at home and will be fired up in front of their new manager. Nuneaton have got pace on their side and are a real threat going forward and we will need to be at our best to take anything out of the game.”