MATCH PREVIEW | Spennymoor Town vs Brackley Town

The side with the division’s meanest defence make the journey North to face a Moors side attempting to build on the point they gained against Boston on Tuesday.

Jason Ainsley’s unchanged side were second best for large spells at a misty CNG Stadium 48 hours ago, with the heroics of goalkeeper Dan Lowson earning a crucial point.

Brackley Town, currently third in the league, have lost the fewest games this season and defeated Moors 2-0 back in August at St James Park.

The FA Trophy finalists could have been on the verge of a league and cup double, but too many draws have dented their push towards the title, with a play-off spot all but secured.

Moors will once again be playing on neutral ground at The CNG Stadium, with Tuesday’s low key atmosphere contributing to a flat game overall.

The clash represents their fourth game in the space of a week, and after a win, draw and loss, getting anything tonight against a formidable Saints side will be seen as a positive.

Changes are expected to be made after the same squad has been utilised over the past two games, and with a game to come on Saturday against North Ferriby, everyone is set to get their chance to make an impact.

STATS CENTRE

  • Brackley have suffered just two league defeats this calendar year.
  • Manager Kevin Wilkin has received numerous personal accolades this season, having been named National League North Manager of the Month on two occasions, first in August 2017 and most recently in March 2018.
  • They have the best defence in the league with only 31 conceded.
  • Moors’ 0-0 draw with Boston was their first league stalemate since a 2-2 draw at York City on January 20th 2018, and their first league draw at home since 23rd December 2017 against FC United of Manchester.
  • Moors have picked up more points against the current top three (7) than against the bottom three (4) this season.

LAST TIME WE MET

Moors were comfortably beaten by a Brackley side who began the season in brilliant form at St James Park in August.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

“It was a strange night on Tuesday for numerous reasons. The venue, atmosphere and conditions all played their part in a fairly low key and flat night at The CNG Stadium. The game didn’t really get going until the second half, and when it did liven up, it was the visitors who made all the chances. Only the brilliance of Dan Lowson kept the scoreline at 0-0, with his one handed save from Ashley Hemmings the pick of his saves.

“If things had gone differently this may well have been a dress rehearsal for a Wembley meeting in May. Moors were knocked out by Bromley in the Quarter-Final of the FA Trophy, eventually going on to progress to the final where they face a showdown against Brackley. But, enough reminiscing about what might have been. Tonight’s game is vital in order to maintain our solid pursuit of a play-off place. Brackley have the meanest defence in the division and are no strangers to scoring a goal or two, so I am anticipating a close fought battle.

“I missed the reverse fixture down at Brackley Town back in August but have been told they were strong in victory, overcoming Moors 2-0 at St James Park. That was our first slip of the season following a blistering start, but there can be no room for slip-ups tonight.”

ONE TO WATCH: AARON WILLIAMS

Williams signed in August on a long term loan from Newport County.  He started his career at Walsall making 6 appearances. He then moved to Worcester City before joining Rushall Olympic where he scored 28 goals in 39 appearances.  Nuneaton was his next stop where he had an impressive scoring rate of a goal every two games bringing him to the attention of Peterborough where he moved in 2015 scoring twice in 10 games.

He moved on to Newport in January 2016 from where he went out on loan to Nuneaton scoring 7 goals in 21 starts.  In all he has scored 3 times for Newport in 17 games. He has one England C cap gained against the Republic of Ireland in May 2015. He has netted 20 goals this season in the National League North.