MATCH PREVIEW | Spennymoor Town vs Chorley

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Matt Jansen’s in-form Chorley make the trip east to The Brewery Field this weekend as Moors look to get back to winning ways on home soil.

A Joe Tait penalty deep into injury time rescued a point last Saturday at a stormy and blustery Aggborough after Kidderminster had led twelve minutes from time.

It was a valuable point in the end, and another late away goal, following Glen Taylor’s dramatic winner at Southport, further emphasised the character and never say die attitude the squad currently possesses.

This weekend’s visitors are in the midst of a purple patch, winning nine of their last 11 games in all competitions, as well as reaching the First Round of the FA Cup. In Nick Haughton, they have the league’s hottest property at their disposal, with the Fleetwood Town loanee in a red hot streak of form having scored seven of The Magpies last eight goals.

As well as registering 12 points from their last five games – joint highest along with Salford – they have conceded the fewest, shipping only four goals, the least in the division during the same time frame. Moors have suffered a mixed October in comparison, winning one and registering a draw and defeat in their three league games.

STATS CENTRE

  • Chorley are the joint-second lowest scorers in the division, along with Boston (17). Only North Ferriby (7) have scored less.
  • Nick Haughton has netted seven of Chorley’s last eight goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick in a Fourth Round FA Cup Qualifying game against Boston United.
  • Moors beat Chorley during their FA Cup run last season, winning 1-0 at The Brewery Field on October 1st 2016 thanks to Glen Taylor’s goal.
  • Moors have scored in 28 consecutive games at The Brewery Field, last failing to score at home on September 20th 2016 in a 0-1 loss to Whitey.

SPENNYMOOR TEAM NEWS

Bradley Fewster faces two weeks on the sidelines after he picked up a hamstring injury during Tuesday night’s Durham Challenge Cup win at Billingham Town.

Rob Ramshaw, who was also forced off on Tuesday with knee problem, trained on Thursday night, so is fit to face Chorley.

Captain Christopher Mason is available after serving his suspension against Kidderminster.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX 

“Note to self. Never decide to drive for one of, if not, the longest away trip of the season. Kidderminster was a trek but it was worth the drive alone upon arrival, with the Football League-esque setting and carpet like pitch showcasing the best the National League North has to offer. In terms of stadia, only FC United of Manchester can compete with Aggborough so far this season, but there is still a visit to Stockport County to come in December!

“The game itself had it all. Along with witnessing the best goal I have ever seen scored live, the players and contest felt the force of Storm Brian, with torrential rain and gale force winds affecting both sides. Moors faced the brunt of the Brian’s wrath in a tough and demanding second half, which saw Harriers pin us in at will, and when we fell behind twelve minutes from time, I feared the worst, despite knowing we were more than capable of grabbing a late leveller.

“When the penalty was given I have to admit I was completely oblivious as to what it was given for, but after looking back through the highlights, the decision was stonewall. Tait netted the resulting spot-kick and a precious away point was collected.

“Looking ahead to Chorley, and I expect a great game of football. Two teams who are dangerous going forward and play football the right way. After a slow start to the season, Matt Jansen has found a winning formula and will pose one of the toughest assignments for Moors so far this campaign.”

ONE TO WATCH: NICK HAUGHTON

The midfielder was signed on a season long loan from Fleetwood Town on transfer deadline day. The exciting youngster has made a phenomenal impact, scoring eight times, including a 60-yard strike against Alfreton Town.

In fact, Haughton has netted seven of Chorley’s last eight goals in all competitions, including a hat-trick in a Fourth Round FA Cup Qualifying game against Boston United.

GAFFERS THOUGHTS

They are very much a team on a roll at the minute. They will definitely be in the mix at the end of the season. They’re a very big and well organised side and have a player in Haughton who is one of the best in the league and a match winner on his day. We will need to make sure that we limit them in terms of chances and take ours when they come.”

INFORMATION FOR AWAY FANS

At Junction 56, continue forward on to the A1(M). Leave the A1(M) at Junction 60, then at the roundabout take the first exit on to the A689.

At Rushyford roundabout, take the third exit on to the A167.

At roundabout, take the third exit and continue on A167.

At Thinford roundabout, take the first exit on to the A688.

At roundabout, take the first exit and continue on the A688.

At roundabout, take the third exit on to St Andrews Lane.

At roundabout, take the first exit and continue on St Andrews Lane.

At mini-roundabout, take second exit on to King Street,

At mini-roundabout, take second exit on to King Street/Durham Road. Bear right on to Durham Road and take third exit on left on to Wood Vue.

Nearest Railway Station: Durham (6.1 miles away and a 15-minute journey in a taxi)

Nearest Bus Station: Durham Bus Station is in Durham town centre and the No.6 bus takes you to Durham Road, Spennymoor, in around 15 minutes.

Club Shop: Inside the ground and only open match days.

PARKING

Parking at the ground is currently for players and officials with limited disabled supporter parking which must be booked prior to the fixture date by contacting Steven Lawson on 07871206474 or [email protected].

Supporters are strongly advised to use public transport or utilise car sharing and give themselves plenty of time for travel.  Supporters are requested to respect the surrounding areas and show consideration to neighbouring residents. The local police teams may ticket cars that are illegally or inconsiderately parked.

Durham Road and Wood Vue tend to be very congested on match days so we recommend away supporters use the main Car Park behind the Town Hall or the Leisure Centre, which is a short walk from the ground. Parking is free. Don’t however use the Iceland / Home Bargains car park as you are liable to get a fine or clamped after a couple of hours.

All spectators are advised to arrive at least half an hour before kick off to avoid potential congestion at the turnstiles in Wood Vue & Tees Crescent which will be open from 1:30pm for both sets of supporters.

Coach Parking: Contact Steven Lawson on 07871206474

ADMISSION

Payment at the turnstiles and the following prices will apply;

Adult: £12
Concession: * £8
Juniors: ** £3
Under 10: *** Free

* Over 60s
** Under 11 -18
*** Accompanied by paying adult
**** All disabled supporters will be charged as age applicable however a carer will be submitted free of charge however proof must be shown at the turnstile.

PROGRAMME

Programme: £2.50
Half Time Raffle: £1
Golden Goal: £1

DISABLED ACCESS

Wheelchair Users: Access via Wood Vue & Tees Crescent entrances and one helper per wheelchair
Prices: Helper admitted free of charge (Proof maybe requested)
Disabled Toilets: 2 Disabled Toilets in ground situated on wood vue and tees crescent side.

GROUND INFORMATION

Once inside the ground there are 226 seats available for supporters in the Ramside Hall Estates main stand. These seats are available on a first come first served basis, there will be no reservations on seats for supporters.

The supporter’s marquee bar in the ground will be open from 1:30pm and is available to visiting supporters, it is located next to the main stand and whilst U18’s are welcome an adult member of their family accompanies them.

Refreshment area facilities will also be open and available from 1:30pm,

Toilets areas are also available within the ground with 2 disabled access toilets on either side of the ground.

Any persons that are deemed to be intoxicated and are a cause for concern may be refused entry.

Footballs are also not permitted within the spectator areas for this game.

Away coaches will drop supporters off at The Moors Tavern, which is open from 11am and then be sent away to park at the council offices at Green lane, Spennymoor, DL16 6JQ which is only one mile away for the coaches to drive.

The Moors Tavern is the club’s official clubhouse and is open to home and away supporters before and after the game (DL16 6QH) – just 80 metres from the Tees Crescent turnstile at The Brewery Field.

The Moors Tavern – (Max 200 internally with a 150 capacity to the rear)
King Street
Spennymoor
DL16 6QH

Telephone: 01388 816417

The Moors Tavern is a community pub in the heart of Spennymoor.  It is affiliated with, Spennymoor Town FC, which makes it a perfect pre and post match destination for fans of the football club and visiting teams.  But the pub has been clear from the day it opened its doors in August 2016 that it was not just a football clubhouse and serves the community of Spennymoor every day with live music, affordable prices and a friendly welcoming atmosphere, perfect for families.

Other local pubs who are official club partners and welcome away supporters are:

Tudhoe and District Victory Club
67 York Villas
Tudhoe
Spennymoor
DL16 6LP

Telephone: 01388 814080

Parking within Spennymoor whilst being free is at a premium, therefore located within a 10-minute walk of Brewery Field is Tudhoe Victory Club.  We are prepared to offer free parking for comfortably up to 100 cars or 6-8 coaches on a ratio of (1 coach = 10 car) for visiting fans on the club’s substantial car park.

All of the club’s facilities would be made available on arrival for travelling fans (toilets, bar, Live Sports) plus if requested (numbers in advance) pie and peas or a selection of sandwiches and Tea and Coffee.  A free packed lunch and non-alcoholic beverages would be made available to all coach drivers.

Penny Gill
17 Cheapside
Spennymoor
DL16 6QE

Telephone: 01388 818849

Heavy metal posters and paraphernalia adorn the walls of this two-room town-centre pub, and live music regularly features. Two bars serve the two rooms, and the clientele is a mix of all ages and types.

Spennymoor Working Men’s Club
6 King Street
Spenymoor
DL16 6QG

Telephone: 01388 815811

Popular Working Men’s Club in the town with function room, toilets, bars and large snooker tables for supporters to enjoy some pre-match banter with affordable prices and a friendly welcoming atmosphere.