MATCH PREVIEW | Spennymoor Town vs Kidderminster Harriers

Kidderminster Harriers, who have won 31 points from their last 15 league games, make the long trip to The Brewery Field in a crucial play-off battle.

Spennymoor boast a similar record, only picking up a point fewer in the same period, and find themselves one place below their opponents after Harriers left it late to beat Curzon Ashton on Monday night.

However, a glance at the table shows that Moors have played fewer games than anyone in the top seven. In fact, only lowly AFC Telford have been involved in less games this season due to postponements and cup commitments.

Jason Ainsley’s side go into the clash on the crest of a wave following a memorable night in Essex earlier in the week, with a thumping 2-5 victory over East Thurrock of the National League South earning a FA Trophy Quarter-Final tie at Bromley FC.

But Moors have no time to rest on their achievements, with Kidderminster, who provided a stern test at Aggborough in October, likely to pose the toughest assignment in recent weeks. If Moors are to taste success, they will become the first side to beat The Carpetmen since Tamworth secured a 2-1 success on September 12th.

If any side is likely to break Harriers’ long unbeaten stretch, it’s Spennymoor Town. The form of Andrew Johnson, who has found the net four times in the past week, along with the consistent goalscoring of Glen Taylor may grab the headlines, but a settled back-four and goalkeeper has given the side solid foundations to build on.

STATS CENTRE

  • After losing four of their opening seven league games, Kidderminster have only tasted defeat once in their last 21 league fixtures.
  • They have won their last three on the bounce – the only occasion they have won more than two consecutive matches this season
  • Joe Ironside has scored 17 goals in 34 appearances this season in all competitions, an average of 0.5 goals a game.
  • Moors are unbeaten in 10 games in all competitions since a 3-2 defeat at Stockport County on Saturday 9th December.
  • Jamie Chandler’s red card against East Thurrock was the third Moors have picked up this season, following dismissals for Chris Mason and James Curtis.
  • Moors have picked up 12 points from a possible 24 against the sides currently occupying the other six play-off spots (W3, D3, L2)

LAST TIME WE MET

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

“What a week! It’s been a proud couple of days for everyone connected with the club after we successfully navigated our way to the Quarter-Finals of the FA Trophy, following a 2-5 win over East Thurrock. We may have required a replay after last Saturday’s disappointing 1-1 draw at The Brewery Field, but fair play to the entire squad for their performance down in Essex only a couple of days after the original tie. The journey was a long one, with the squad jumping on a train from Darlington to Kings Cross, before boarding a coach which would eventually take us to the home of East Thurrock.

“I say eventually, because we were attempting to navigate the capital at rush hour! Although this did provide us the opportunity to do some pre-match sightseeing. Sitting next to Goalkeeping Coach Barry Farr provided me with a personal tour of the sights, including the London Eye, Tower of London and the hotel he told me he met Arsene Wenger one time. All of equal entertainment. Once we escaped the bustling streets of the ‘Big Smoke’, we were on the final leg of our trek from County Durham. Upon arriving at Rookery Hill, my hopeful thoughts of a slightly warmer climate down south were dashed with my phone notifying me of sub-zero temperatures. But, I was about to witness a remarkable game of football, so I can’t moan too much!

“Looking ahead to Kidderminster Harriers, and they are one of the league’s form teams alongside Moors, collecting 11 points from their last five games, but more impressively, they are unbeaten in the league since 12th September. Only Salford City have a better record over the last 20 games than Harriers, with 39 points from a possible showcasing their obvious promotion credentials.”

ONE TO WATCH: EMMANUELE SANUPE

With 13 goals and five assists in 33 appearances this season, Sanupe has proved he is a dangerous player in this league. Harriers swooped to land winger Emmanuel Sonupe in the summer of 2017 after a short but memorable stint with the club at the end of the previous campaign.

The lively 21-year-old made a big impression at the back end of 2016-17 with Harriers, scoring once in four appearances on loan from League 1 side Northampton Town. Sonupe was released by the Cobblers earlier this summer and returned to Harriers on a one-year deal.