MATCH PREVIEW | Spennymoor Town vs Harrogate Town

It’s fourth up against second at The Brewery Field on Saturday as two of the league’s highest scoring teams collide.

Moors, now residing in fourth place following their win at Nuneaton and Blyth’s loss at Bradford Park last Saturday, are aiming to win their third game in succession.

Visitors Harrogate Town are currently six points better off than Spennymoor in second place, but will be without top scorer Simon Ainge and vice-captain Ben Parker as they look to close the gap on leaders Salford.

After featuring in a cluster of high scoring and dramatic games, Moors have ground out two back-to-back 1-0 victories, securing two welcome clean sheets following a run of just one shutout since 22nd August.

Harrogate, who went full-time as a club during the summer, have suffered just one defeat in the National League North this campaign, but consecutive draws with lowly Leamington and the unpredictable Bradford Park Avenue saw them recently lose the top spot they had occupied for the majority of the season.

STATS CENTRE

  • Only Brackley (2), Harrogate (1) and Salford (2) have lost less games than Spennymoor (4) this season.
  • Glen Taylor has scored 28% of Moors goals in the league this season (9/32)
  • Harrogate are unbeaten away from home this season and have only trailed once at half time – away to Gainsborough Trinity. They eventually won that game 4-5.
  • Town are the division’s joint top scorers with Blyth Spartans with 42 goals, but they have played one game less than the latter.

SPENNYMOOR TEAM NEWS

Shane Henry and Bradley Fewster remain doubts after their respective injuries. Christopher Chantler picked up a knock in last Saturday’s win at Nuneaton.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

“Sometimes games fall under the category of smash and grab. Last Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Nuneaton would certainly fit that description! We got a bit of luck with the home side missing some guilt-edge chances in both halves, but sometimes you earn that bit of fortune. One bit of quality build-up and finishing decided the game to give Moors a second consecutive 1-0 triumph.

“I expect this weekend’s match to be fascinating for a host of reasons. First, it’s fourth up against second. It also pits two of the division’s highest scoring teams against each other. Finally, a big crowd is expected at The Brewery Field, along with increased media coverage, so the atmosphere and occasion should be up there with the best we have seen so far this season.”

ONE TO WATCH: JOE LEESLEY

Joe Leesley celebrates one of his goals this season. Photo courtesy of Harrogate Town.

Winger Leesley made the move to Town from Alfreton, where his performances earned him a call up to the England ‘C’ squad.

The wide man is blessed with the ability to use both feet, and possesses a wicked set piece delivery that helped him round off an impressive first season at The CNG Stadium with 23 assists and nine goals.

GAFFERS THOUGHTS

I think it goes without saying that we will have to be on our best form today to get anything out of the game. However, we have already proved that we can compete and win against any side. We don’t fear anyone.

We got seven points out of nine from Kidderminster, Chorley and Nuneaton which is a great return and I’m proud of the recent run we have been on. We tend to come up against teams like Harrogate, who are doing well, and always perform. I don’t think we have let ourselves down against any team who have visited us this season.”

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.