MATCH PREVIEW | Spennymoor Town vs AFC Telford United

Elliott Newby scored the winner when the sides met earlier this month. Photo by Tim Roberts.

Moors begin a crucial week of games against AFC Telford United at The Brewery Field aiming to record their first win in six games.

A Joe Guest goal last Saturday saw Moors lose their place in the play-off spots to Bradford Park Avenue, but with nine points to play for this week, their destiny is in their own hands.

Three points tonight would move Jason Ainsley’s side onto 62 points, two above BPA, meaning victory over North Ferriby United would guarantee the play-off’s before their closest threat play again.

Telford, on a high after securing their National League North safety last weekend against Gainsborough Trinity with a stunning comeback win, have already proven their credentials to Moors this season.

In fact, it’s only been 19 days since the two met at The New Bucks Head Stadium on a night of high drama and brilliant goals.

After falling behind early on, two moments of individual magic saw Moors lead at the break. Nathan Lowe’s long range free-kick was followed up by a trademark Andrew Johnson strike, but a second half comeback saw the home side take the points.

A repeat of that scoreline tonight is not only unthinkable from a Spennymoor perspective, but would guarantee the race for the final play-off spot would go down to the wire.

STATS CENTRE

  • Moors are currently on their longest run without a win this season (6). Their previous longest was 5 games between 26th August and 9th September.
  • Jamie Chandler’s goal against Darlington last Thursday was his first since scoring in pre-season at Tadcaster Albion in July.
  • Telford’s 3-2 victory over Moors on April 5th was the third occasion this season where Moors have lost after leading at half time – also against Curzon Ashton at home and Salford City away.
  • Moors have earned 11 points from their last 10 games (W3, D2, L5) while Telford have collated 16 points (W5, D1, L4).
  • Telford have won three of their last four games at home by a scoreline of 3-2.

LAST TIME WE MET

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

“A nail biting week begins tonight as three games are set to define our season. The visits of AFC Telford United, North Ferriby and Southport will either see our play-off dreams come true or go up in smoke. With three favourable fixtures all at home and one to two games in hand on the teams around us, our destiny is well and truly in our own hands. AFC Telford were far from safe before our clash with them on April 5th, but after defeating us that night, a strong run of form has seen them secure their National League North identity for another year. With the pressure now off The Bucks, could that play in our favour?

“It’s been a disappointing and frustrating April so far, with just one win and five points from a possible 21 secured, but, thanks to our large number of games in hand, we have the chance to rectify that bad patch and get our season back on course. The amount of games we have had in such a short space of time has definitely had an impact on the lads, but everyone is confident there is enough fight, determination and quality in the squad to get over the line. A win tonight would go a long way to extending our season.

“Tonight’s opponents came from 2-0 down to beat Gainsborough Trinity last weekend, relegating them in the process and securing their own safety, so we will need to be wary of that momentum. In Elliott Newby and Ryan Giles, they boast a pair of speedy and tricky wingers who caused us a whole host of problems in the reverse fixture.”

ONE TO WATCH: RYAN GILES

At just 18, Giles has already proven his massive potential. The Telford born winger is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers, and after scoring the equaliser against Moors earlier this month, he is one to keep an eye on tonight.