MATCH PREVIEW | Spennymoor Town vs Boston United

Nathan Lowe is congratulated after his goal against AFC Telford United. Photo courtesy of AFC Telford.

Spennymoor play host to Boston United on unfamiliar territory as they look to claim back to back league wins at The CNG Stadium.

A failed pitch inspection on Sunday resulted in the club having to arrange a different venue for tonight’s game, and after multiple North East options were unavailable, Harrogate Town’s home stadium was the closest alternative.

Moors go into the clash against The Pilgrims smarting from a comprehensive and comfortable 1-4 victory at relegation threatened Alfreton Town on Saturday, with striker Glen Taylor adding to his ever-growing goal collection this season with a hat-trick.

Impressive loan signing Nathan Lowe netted his third Moors goal in seven games with another long range strike as his stock continues to rise.

Boston United have experienced a season of two halves of the highest order. The Pilgrims were flirting with the relegation zone during the first four months of the season, but since the arrival of Craig Elliott as manager, they have become a different side.

Elliott won personal plaudits during the month of December, winning National League North Manager of the Month, during a period where they went 10 games unbeaten.

Fresh from victory over Darlington on Saturday afternoon, Boston will be hoping to build in their good form in 2018 – they’ve won six of their 13 league fixtures this calendar year.

STATS CENTRE

  • Boston United have taken nine points from their last 12 (3 wins, 1 defeat)
  • They recorded one win in 10 between September and November, before a 10 game unbeaten streak in December and January saw them win seven times.
  • The Pilgrims have only lost five league games since Craig Elliott’s arrival.
  • Moors have won three of their last four home league games.

LAST TIME WE MET

Glen Taylor bagged two goals with the third coming from Andrew Johnson in a memorable victory at the Jakemans Stadium.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

“It’s only Tuesday but what a week it has been already! Tonight’s surroundings may be different for a home game, but it’s vital we all get behind the team. They need us now more than ever. Today marks the start of a hectic week – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday. There are 12 points up for grabs and the results we collate could define our season, so make no mistake, everyone is ready and prepared to cement our play-off ambitions.

“The madness begins tonight against a Boston side who have experienced an upturn in form during the second half of the campaign. At one point The Pilgrims found themselves teetering dangerously above the relegation zone, but a 3-2 win over Southport in December was the catalyst for a shift in fortunes. Seven wins from eight during that spell sparked signs of a potential play-off pursuit, but inconsistency since a 1-0 home defeat to Leamington has halted those top seven dreams.

“But, prepare yourselves for the greatest football cliché of them all. It’s about taking each game as it comes. It’s been said so many times before, but it perfectly describes our current situation. Before I begin to rattle off even more standard clichés, I will sign off by stating how important the fans are from now till the end of April. You can be the twelfth man at every home game and help the lads get over the play-off line.”

ONE TO WATCH: ASHLEY HEMMINGS

Hemmings boasts an impressive CV having played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Walsall, Dagenham and Redbridge, Mansfield Town.

He is The Pilgrims’ top goal scorer this season with 15 in all competitions, and he’s won the most MOTM awards for Boston this campaign with five.

He joined in June 2017 from Mansfield and is described on the Boston website as a “wide midfielder”. His trickery and directness is something to keep an eye on.

GAFFER’S THOUGHTS

“We need all of you fantastic supporters to make your way to Harrogate and get behind the team in our quest to reach the play-offs in what has been a memorable season so far, and one we want to go right into May.”