The FA Cup returns this weekend as Moors host Gainsborough Trinity in the second qualifying round, aiming to replicate their impressive run in the competition last season.
The sides played out a 1-1 draw at The Brewery Field just two weeks ago in the league, but there is sure to be a different atmosphere this time as both teams begin their journey in the worlds oldest cup competition.
Spennymoor head into the game in the back of a comprehensive win over North Ferriby United on Tuesday night following two consecutive defeats against York City and Tamworth. Visitors Trinity sit just above the relegation zone in the National League North table but managed to halt a two-game losing streak on Tuesday night with a creditable 1-1 draw at York.
The cup evokes good memories for Jason Ainsley and his side after they reached the First Round last season, but they ultimately succumbed to a 3-2 defeat at the hands of League One club MK Dons despite a spirited comeback.
Trinity bowed out at this stage of the competition last season, losing 3-2 to Altrincham, so manager Dave Frecklington will be hoping they can repeat the type of run Gainsborough went on in the 2015/16 campaign. On route to the First Round, Trinity swept aside Boston and Droylsden before a memorable 1-0 away win at National League side Wrexham. Their run ended at the First Round stage when Football League outfit Shrewsbury won 1-0 at The Northolme.
At this stage in last year’s competition, Moors overcame Whitby Town 1-0 at home in a tight and cagey game decided by Glen Taylor’s second half strike. Taylor, who netted his first goal in five games against North Ferriby United on Tuesday, will be hoping to continue his resurgence alongside Mark Anderson, who has scored four times in his last three appearances.
SPENNYMOOR TEAM NEWS
Jason Ainsley is still without the services of Ryan Hall who continues his rehabilitation following a knee injury he picked up against Darlington at the end of August.
Shane Henry is back in the squad after missing Tuesday night’s win at North Ferriby United.
VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX
“Six was the magic number on Tuesday night as Moors matched the biggest result recorded by a National League North side this season, thumping basement club North Ferriby to record a first win in five games. From the first minute to the last Moors looked dominant and assured, dictating the pace of the game and creating chances at will. Mark Anderson caught the headlines, and rightly so for his sublime hat-trick, but the likes of Rob Ramshaw and David Foley also enjoyed a profitable night which brought back the feel good factor after two straight defeats.”
“It was exactly the tonic Moors required ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup game against Gainsborough Trinity. They gave us a good game two weeks ago which we almost won right at the death, and I am fully expecting a challenging afternoon for the lads again. It’s nice to take a break from league action too after a busy opening spell of games. The FA Cup, as well as being a special competition, provides a different challenge for the team which I’m sure they will relish on the day. It would be brilliant to have another run in the competition, and from a selfish press point of view, an away tie at a big ground would serve as a memorable occasion!”
one to watch: ASHLEY WORSFOLD
Gainsborough Trinity’s top scorer in the 2016/17 season after arriving at the club from Buxton, Worsfold has proven himself as a hard-working centre forward who is clinical in front of goal. The nippy striker caused problems for Spennymoor in the league this season with his constant workrate and quick feet, so keeping him under wraps will be crucial to the outcome of the game.
VIEW FROM THE DUGOUT
Spennymoor Town coach Alan White shared his thoughts ahead of the game:
“Tuesday night gave the opportunity for a few players to come off the bench and get some minutes under their belt, and the lads who played the full ninety got plenty of touches which gives them confidence going into the FA Cup game.”
“Our confidence has improved after the result against North Ferriby, but it’s still not what it was. The lads are always positive so we will go into Saturday’s game with confidence and ready for a tough challenge.”
Season tickets and other passes are not valid for Saturday’s game.