Under pressure manager Gary Mills brings his York City side to the Brewery Field tonight as Spennymoor aim to get back to winning ways following three consecutive draws.
Moors collected a point on Saturday against Gainsborough Trinity to make it three 1-1 draws on the bounce following stalemates with Salford City and Darlington.
Tonight’s visitors are on a poor run of form having lost their last two fixtures, at home to FC United of Manchester and away to Chorley last weekend, shining the spotlight on their manager following a patchy start to the campaign.
Those results mean both sides are without a win in three games, although Moors have suffered a sole defeat this season compared to York’s three defeats.
The game represents a milestone in Spennymoor’s history and further highlights the rapid rise the club has enjoyed. York City were applying their trade in League Two as recent as 2016 but have suffered back-to-back relegations, meaning the two sides will face each other for the first time.
Jason Ainsley expects his side to react following, what he called, a disappointing result against Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday, and fully believes his players will be motivated and ready for the challenge York will no doubt provide.
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Ryan Hall, who missed Saturday’s game through injury, could be in contention to play against York City.
Jason Ainsley has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of the Ministermen.
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“There’s no time to stop and reflect in the National League. Moors face their face their fifth game in the space of two weeks tonight against one of, if not the most prestigious, club in this year’s edition of the National League North. Having been a Football League club as recent as 2016, York will undoubtedly provide a tricky test under the floodlights despite their mixed start to the season. Gainsborough Trinity proved to be a testing match last Saturday as Moors claimed their third consecutive 1-1 stalemate, proving that no team, despite their league position, should be taken lightly.”
“Joe Tait certainly had an afternoon he won’t be forgetting in a hurry, scoring at both ends, but it was a day where a point apiece was just about the fair result. Focusing on tonight’s fixture, and Jason Ainsley will be hoping to get back to winning ways. It feels like a lifetime ago since Moors thumped Boston United in the rearranged fixture, but what better time to get back to winning ways than against a big club like York City! It’s nights like these when you realise how far the club has come in such a short space of time.”
“It will definitely be a night full of pride, but it’s important to not let the occasion get in the way of what is another game and another chance to pick up three points. Already this season the club has had some memorable days and kept on growing on and off the pitch. It’s been a pleasure and privilege to join Spennymoor at such a notable time in the team’s history, and I am thoroughly enjoying covering every kick, tackle, header, goal and moment as it happens. It may be very early days in the season, but hopes are high and the squad is packed with talent, so who knows what we are capable of achieving. Sometimes, it’s okay to dream big…”
one to watch: jon parkin
A huge favourite everywhere he goes, big Jon Parkin re-joined York City for his second spell in November 2016.
Last season, Jon went on to score 16 goals for the Minstermen and led the line outstandingly well. The crowning glory was a goal at Wembley in the FA Trophy Final win over one of his former clubs Macclesfield Town.
A player who strikes fear into the hearts of central defenders, Jon has had a magnificent football career and his CV includes playing for Barnsley, Hull City, Stoke City, Preston North End and Cardiff City and has spent the majority of his career playing at Championship level.
An inspirational figure in the dressing room, Jon brings important elements of both quality and experience to the York City squad.
“What a match it promises to be. York City, under the lights. It doesn’t get much better at this level! I said to the lads on Saturday that they have earned the right to play these teams. I have no doubts that the players mind-set will be focused and they will all be really up for it.”
“You can always guarantee one thing from our players and that’s when the big games come the lads will be really up for it. I think we’ve proven that it will take a very good side to beat us at The Brewery Field.”
Visiting fans ground info:
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 7:00pm 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 7:00pm,
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.