MATCH PREVIEW | Spennymoor Town vs Curzon Ashton

Matthew Dixon in action against Gainsborough Trinity.

Curzon Ashton are the latest visitors to The Brewery Field as Spennymoor aim to record their fourth consecutive league win.

The third victory in that sequence – last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Southport – will live long in the memory for fans, players and staff alike after its cinematic style conclusion.

Glen Taylor prodded in his eight of the season deep into injury time to break The Sandgrounders hearts and send the 77 travelling away fans into hysterics.

Inconsistency has plagued Saturday’s visitors, Curzon Ashton, throughout the early stages of their campaign, with the Manchester based side failing to record back-to-back wins in the league with 13 games gone.

Only Darlington have drawn more games than them this season, and they are one of three sides in the league still searching for an away win. The Nash will be relying heavily on the goals of striker Niall Cummins, their top scorer last campaign, who has struck four times in 2017/18.

STATS CENTRE

  • Glen Taylor’s 90th minute winner last season was the sixth Moors have recorded this year, and Taylor’s second.
  • Spennymoor are unbeaten against Manchester clubs this season, having won against FC United of Manchester and Stockport County and drawn at home to Salford City.
  • A win will see Moors register three consecutive wins for the second time this season, having recorded nine points from nine at the start of the season.
  • Curzon Ashton are yet to lead a game at half time away from home this season.
  • Niall Cummins (4) and Max Leonard (4) have scored 50% of their league goals this season.
  • The Nash have drawn three of their last five away league games.

SPENNYMOOR TEAM NEWS

Midfielder Rob Ramshaw is unavailable, so his place could go to either Bradley Fewster or Jamie Chandler, while Ryan Hall will have a fitness test.

view from the press box

Cast your minds back to August 15th. Spennymoor had just beaten Bradford Park Avenue 3-0 at The Brewery Field, meaning they had won their first three games of the season and picked up maximum points. It was hard to judge at that point whether that early season burst of form, perhaps carried over from the momentum of multiple promotions, would fizzle out or could be sustained. Heading into mid-October, we effectively know the answer.

It’s hard to judge at this present moment how important Glen Taylor’s 94th minute winner will be in the grand scheme of things, but it felt like a watershed moment despite the infant nature of the campaign. Form away from County Durham hasn’t been an issue this season – Moors are third in the away league table with 13 points from a possible 21, but quickly turning The Brewery Field into a fortress, like it has been in previous years, will be high on the priority list.

ONE TO WATCH: MAX LEONARD

Max Leonard in action against Telford.

Niall Cummins may grab the headlines, and rightly so for his goal record, but 23-year-old Max Leonard, who joined from Huddersfield in the summer, has already netted four times this season.

A product of Town’s academy, Leonard is a recent addition to John Flanagan’s squad. He previously appeared for Frickley and Glossop North End and is a talented attacker with game changing attributes.

GAFFERS THOUGHTS

“Curzon are a very well managed and exciting side who play very good football. They are on a great run of form and there side is full of energy. We will need to match them if we want to get anything out of the game.”

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.