Spennymoor return to action after a hectic bank holiday schedule as they prepare to welcome lowly Gainsborough Trinity to The Brewery Field.
Moors collected two points from a possible six in the space of two days against Salford City and Darlington, while opponents Trinity suffered a 1-0 defeat at Stockport County before securing three points courtesy of a 2-0 home win over North Ferriby United.
Gainsborough, currently sitting in 19th place in the Vanarama National League North table, have certainly been value for money so far this campaign. The seven games they have played in have provided a staggering 29 goals at an average of 4.14 per game. That’s level with top of the table Harrogate Town, however closer analysis shows that Trinity have conceded nine more goals than the leaders.
Jason Ainsley has been active in the transfer market this week, allowing David Dowson to leave on loan to Northern League side Consett and securing the permanent signature of young forward Bradley Fewster after his release from Middlesbrough.
Fewster, a 21-year-old striker who enjoyed a memorable loan spell with York City in 2015/16, accumulating in him winning League Two Player of the Month for February 2016, will offer competition to Glen Taylor who has played every minute of the campaign so far.
Current Trinity boss Dave Frecklington and his assistant Terry Fleming turned the clubs fortunes around at the turn of the year following the resignation of Dominic Roma. Despite the heavy 5-1 defeat at FC United of Manchester on the final day, Worcester’s defeat at champions AFC Fylde meant Gainsborough were safe.
A tough run of fixtures including Fylde, Tamworth, Halifax, Darlington, Chorley, Stockport, Salford, Brackley and Kidderminster looked set to condemn Trinity to the drop, but Frecklington’s success meant the club maintained their amazing record of never having been promoted or relegated in 144 years.
SPENNYMOOR TEAM NEWS:
Ryan Hall is a major doubt for the visit of Trinity on Saturday afternoon. The winger had to be withdrawn shortly after half-time during Monday’s 1-1 draw at Darlington.
New signing Bradley Fewster is expected to go straight into the Moors squad.
VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX:
“As far as Bank Holiday weekends go, last week’s will live long in the memory! A tussle against big spending Salford at The Brewery Field on Saturday afternoon was quickly followed up with a derby battle against local rivals Darlington 48 hours later. It was a three-day period which highlighted the leaps the club have taken in recent times. The fact there was genuine disappointment that Moors only gathered two points from a possible six only emphasised the excellent progress the side is making under Jason Ainsley this season.”
“Two days later it was time to focus again as the team made the short hop to Blackwell Meadows to face the local enemy. Derby games are so often decided by who wants it most on the day, with form going out the window, but Moors were in charge for the majority on a humid afternoon in Darlington. David Foley produced another moment of magic following his opening day belter against Stockport County and a dazzling performance at Boston United, arrowing in from a tight angle to send the Moors faithful behind the far goal into bedlam.”
“So, three days, two games and two points. There was a tinge of “what if” following the hectic bank holiday, as maximum points could have been achieved if events had transpired differently, but a reality check was quickly required. One defeat in seven games in what is Moors’ maiden month in the National League. Twelve points and fifth in the league table. It’s not been a bad start at all. Let’s hope that continues today as we welcome Gainsborough Trinity!”
one to watch: MICHAEL JACKLIN
Manager Dave Frecklington acted quickly when he was appointed boss in February to acquire the services of his former centre-back at Lincoln United. Jacklin was known as one of the best defenders in the Northern Premier League Division One South during his spell at the club, and was one of the key reasons why Trinity survived by the skin of their teeth last season. Combative, committed and comfortable on the ball, Jacklin has also showcased his eye for goal this season having netted three times in Trinity’s opening seven games and three in his last five appearances.
“We have watched Gainsborough and know they are a very dangerous side who have got lots of goals in their team. If we are not 100% on our game then we will get nothing out of the game.”