Jason Ainsley and his Spennymoor side face a pivotal moment in their season against North Ferriby as they aim to halt a poor run of form which is threatening to derail their play-off ambitions.
A third successive defeat on Tuesday evening against AFC Telford saw the gap between themselves and BPA remain at just one point, but with six still to play for, Moors are still in charge of their own fate.
With Chorley winning at Brackley Town last night and securing their spot in the play-offs, seventh place now looks the most realistic target with 65 points the maximum Moors can earn, but focusing on getting back to winning ways this evening is the main priority.
North Ferriby have leaked goals this season and were relegated following a highly creditable draw at the end of March against title winners Salford City. However, with wins against Blyth and BPA to their name this campaign, as well as noteworthy points at Chorley and Southport, Moors will know another tough test lies in wait.
Jason Ainsley felt his side “don’t deserve to be in the play-offs” after the latest loss on Tuesday, but over the course of the season Moors have proven they are more than worth a top seven spot.
- Two of North Ferriby’s three league wins this season have been against Blyth Spartans, with the other coming away at Bradford Park Avenue.
- They have conceded 100 goals in the division in 2017/18, an average of four goals per game.
- Moors are without a win since a 1-4 victory away to Alfreton Town on April 7th, seven games ago.
- Their last two goals have been scored within three minutes of kick off (Chandler vs Darlington and Anderson vs Telford).
- Both sides have the same record over the last ten games, winning 8 points. (W2, D2, L6)
LAST TIME WE MET
Moors were on fire as Mark Anderson netted a superb hat-trick in a thumping 0-6 win back in September.
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“There’s no getting away from the importance of tonight’s game. Tuesday’s defeat, which we ideally needed something from, has made for a tense finish as we look to get over the line. It’s been a tough month for everyone at the club with the change of venue and the backlog of fixtures, but I believe this squad has enough to get the job done.
“Tonight we face a North Ferriby side who have already been relegated from the National League North. Today’s game is one where we can’t afford to be complacent however, as Ferriby have picked up some impressive results in recent weeks. The Villagers earned a memorable point at home to Salford and beat Blyth Spartans on home soil, so they are capable of causing problems. They have a young side and nothing to lose today, so it will be a test we need to overcome.”
ONE TO WATCH: ADAM BOLDER
Bolder is the older brother of manager Chris and also began his career with Hull City, signing his first professional contract in 1998, before leaving The Tigers after 19 playing 19 games in total. He then moved to Derby County where his first game came against Manchester United, and he went on to make 166 appearances for The Rams during a seven year stay at Pride Park. His other clubs include Millwall, Burton, Harrogate and Scarborough Athletic.