MATCH PREVIEW | Spennymoor Town vs Southport

On a day which promises to be full of tension and drama, Moors are one of five teams who could finish in the final play-off spot, but they are relying on results elsewhere.

Three consecutive defeats and a draw on Thursday evening against bottom club North Ferriby have taken Moors’ destiny out of their own hands, with Bradford Park Avenue now in pole position.

However, they face a tricky test away at Kidderminster Harriers, who will ironically be the opponents of the team who finish seventh next Wednesday, but they know a win would seal a return to Aggborough.

Three teams have an outside chance – Blyth Spartans, York City and Boston United – but they require a host of permutations if they are to sneak in at the last minute.

Ultimately, Jason Ainsley knows his side must focus on the job in hand against a Southport side who halted a seven game losing streak when they beat Darlington 2-4 on Wednesday evening.

With three points looking essential, Moors will have to end the regular season with a first win in eight games if they are to potentially replicate the scenes seen back in October, when Glen Taylor’s last gasp goal won all three points at Haig Avenue.

STATS CENTRE

  • Moors have only failed to score at The Brewery Field on one occasion this season in all competitions – against Nuneaton Town in a 0-1 defeat on Saturday 17th February.
  • David Foley’s goal against North Ferriby was his first since scoring the opener against Gainsborough Trinity in the FA Trophy on Tuesday 9th January.
  • Southport (3) and Spennymoor (2) have earned a combined total of five points from their last five games.
  • The Sandgrounders have earned 22 points from a possible 60 on the road in 2017/18
  • Kevin Davies’ side have the leagues top scorer in their side – Jason Gilchrist – who has scored 26 goals for FC United and Manchester and Southport.

LAST TIME WE MET

Glen Taylor prodded in a last gasp winner as Moors left Haig Avenue with all three points back in October.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

“366 days ago, on an overcast April afternoon, the full-time whistle at The Brewery Field signalled a historic moment in the history of Spennymoor Town. Rob Ramshaw’s first half strike against Stourbridge meant Moors would be playing in the National League North for the 2017/18 season, mixing with the likes of Stockport County, York City and Kidderminster Harriers. After the celebrations and reflections on an iconic campaign had passed, it was time to get down to business once again.

“I remember the day I got the email from the National League like it was yesterday. I was only a few days into my time with the club, and the fixture list was sent through for the season ahead. To see Stockport County come at the top of the list was a perfect example of the level Moors had reached. Jason was delighted to hear of our early season opponents and couldn’t believe we had been handed such a massive opening day fixture against a team who had once graced the Football League.

“41 games ago, David Foley announced his arrival at the club with a brilliant solo strike shortly before half time on a sunny August afternoon. County were stunned, and after Dan Lowson saved Matty Warburton’s penalty, a famous win was secured. An equally stunning win at FC United followed three days later, and after Bradford Park Avenue were put to the sword a week later, the dream start had been realised.

“It’s been a season full of highs and lows and I hope that it’s set to continue with a forage into the play-offs next week. The lads have proven they have more than enough quality and over the course of the entire season, we have deserved a seat at the play-off place table. My first season with Spennymoor Town has been one I will not forget, and I hope you have enjoyed the coverage over the course of the season. Onwards and upwards for 2018/19!”

“But for now, let’s hope we have a few more games still left to play…”

ONE TO WATCH: JASON GILCHRIST

Gilchrist joined Southport in December from FC United of Manchester and is the division’s top scorer. He spent his youth career at Manchester City before making a move to Burnely, but after failing to make an appearance for the Clarets, joined FC United of Manchester for the 2016/17 season.

INFO FOR TRAVELLING SUPPORTERS

 

Once inside the ground there are 226 seats available for supporters in the Ramside Estates main stand. These seats are available on a first come first served basis, there will be no reservations on seats for supporters.

The supporters’ 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 must accompany 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.

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.

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 capacity 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.  It show live football matches on big screens, as well as highlights, interviews, adverts and recent action from Spennymoor Town games.

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.