Spennymoor Town vs Stockport County
Saturday 5th August
National League North
Venue: The Brewery Field
How to follow the game: Follow @spennymoortown on Twitter for live in-game updates
The start of a new season never fails to bring a wave of excitement, but the build-up to The Brewery Field’s first ever game at National League level has been extra special. Non-league giants Stockport, when considering the size of the club and its home ground, will be making their maiden trip to County Durham to face a team who were winning their second successive Northern League Division One title in 2011, the same year County were applying their trade in League Two.
Moors pre-season form has almost been perfect, collecting seven wins from eight fixtures, with only Morpeth Town managing to break their streak. The friendlies have given the new signings a chance to settle into the squad, with Christopher Chantler and Ryan Hall standing out, but has crucially helped the team build fitness levels and match sharpness.
County have endured a mixed bag of results during their pre-season schedule, winning three times, losing three times and drawing once. They have, in fairness, faced strong opposition in the form of Bolton Wanderers, Macclesfield Town, Barrow and Preston North End.
Spennymoor team news:
Manager Jason Ainsley is sweating over the fitness of playmaker Mark Anderson after he picked up a dead leg in the thumping win over Penicuik Athletic last Saturday. Anderson hasn’t trained this week and is a doubt for the visit of Stockport.
Striker Graeme Armstrong is unavailable as he is currently out of the country with work commitments.
Spennymoor Town – Lowson, Griffiths, Curtis, Tait, Chantler, Dixon, Ramshaw, Hall, Orrell, Johnson, Taylor
Stockport County – Hinchliffe, Minihan, Clarke, O’Halloran, Duxbury, McKenna, Ball, Winter, Walker, Stephenson, Oswell.
VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX:
“Predicting opening day fixtures is a hard task anyway, but trying to guess the outcome of Saturday’s game is almost an impossible task. Much depends on how Stockport approach the opening stages of the game. They will be used to a big crowd and big atmosphere at Edgeley Park, but with a record attendance expected to generate a concoction of noise, the fans could play a pivotal role.
“There are going to be nerves within the Moors dressing room which is inevitable given the enormity of the fixture, but there is no reason to rule out a home win should they navigate the opening stages of the game successfully. I expect it to be tough and, at times, a scrappy affair, but it should be a fantastic game and memorable occasion.”
Info for Visiting Fans
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)
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
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.
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
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.