Spennymoor will be aiming to secure their first win in four games when they visit The Lamb Ground to face ninth place Tamworth.
Moors fell to their second defeat of the season on Tuesday night despite a dominant and spirited second half display at home to York City. Three goals in the space of twelve first half minutes, including two contentious penalties, ultimately condemned Spennymoor to a first loss at The Brewery Field since 4th February 2017.
Jason Ainsley was quick to point out that, despite the defeat, his side’s performance was one of the best he had seen this season. The Lamb Ground has proved a tough place to go this season, with only Bradford Park Avenue leaving with points on the opening day at the beginning of August.
Tamworth sit one point behind Moors in ninth place, directly in the middle of ten teams separated by just three points. The Lambs have played their part in consecutive 0-0 draws since a memorable 3-1 home victory over Stockport County on Bank Holiday Monday. Their most recent goalless result was a creditable draw away at the early pacesetters Brackley Town.
Connor Taylor returned from the bench in midweek for Tamworth, while a fit again Callum Powell made his first start of the season. U21 player Charlie Shaw also made his debut, completing the full 90 minutes, while the likes of Luke Jones, Darryl Knights, Brandon Fox, and Louis Ezewele, who all missed out in midweek, will be assessed before the weekend’s fixture.
SPENNYMOOR TEAM NEWS
Ryan Hall is set to miss out as he is still suffering from the knee injury which has seen him miss the last two games.
Jason Ainsley has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Tamworth.
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“I think everyone in the ground could see who was the better team on Tuesday night, and it wasn’t the side who left with three points. There was a sense of shock around The Brewery Field after twelve minutes of madness ruined Moors chance of returning to winning ways. The least popular man in the stadium was the referee who opted to award two penalties against Joe Tait, both for handball incidents. If you weren’t at the game then you wouldn’t have believed it!”
“The second half was a rollercoaster ride of emotions! Despite being three goals behind, there wasn’t a moment where I didn’t believe we would get back into it and compete. Once Mark Anderson’s goal went in it proved too hard to contain my emotions and I broke out into full fan mode, jumping out of my seat and abandoning my Twitter duties for a brief moment. I can guarantee that may happen a few times this season!”
“Looking ahead to Tamworth, and the margin for error is almost non-existent if Moors wish to stay in the play-off hunting pack. Just three points separate 5th and 14th place, with the Lambs only one point adrift of Spennymoor. A unique element about a visit to play Tamworth is the fact they have an artificial pitch which will no doubt arise during Jason’s tactics prior to kick-off.”
one to watch: REECE STYCHE
Styche, who signed for Tamworth from Gateshead in the summer following a fruitful loan spell with The Lambs in 2014/15, has hit the ground running in the National League North. The striker has bagged five goals this season, already surpassing the amount he scored last season in the North-East and while out on loan at Nuneaton Town.
The 28-year-old has the experience and know-how of the lower divisions having played for 14 different clubs during this 11 year career, including Forest Green Rovers, Kidderminster Harriers and Macclesfield Town. The frontman has also represented the England C team on one occasion, but chose to switch allegiance to Gibraltar in 2014. He has only made the sole appearance for the newest UEFA recognised side.
“The lad’s don’t need to lift themselves (after the York defeat) as you could see from the second half performance that we deserved to win the game. They were brilliant. We know Tamworth are a good side and their 3G pitch will create a new challenge for us, but it’s a task we will adapt to and relish.”
info for travelling supporters:
- Admission to the game is by payment at the turnstiles on the day.
- Food will be available inside the ground.
- Flags are allowed but are not to be hung over the barrier fencing.
The Lamb Ground
By Road from North East:
- Approach Tamworth along the M42 from Nottingham
- Leave the M42 at junction 10 (there is a service area here)
- Turn south (direction Tamworth) on the A5
- Continue along the A5 to the junction for Bitterscote
- Leave the A5 at this junction (WARNING – VERY SHARP CURVE ON SLIP ROAD)
- At roundabout, take the exit with McDonalds on your left (direction Tamworth Castle)
- At roundabout, turn right (4th exit) (direction Ankerside multi-storey). The Ladybridge Beefeater is on your left
- Continue with the Snowdome on your right to a roundabout
- Turn right at the roundabout (direction Nottingham, Burton, Nuneaton)
- At the next roundabout, turn left (direction Amington, Glascote)
- At the next roundabout, turn right (direction Glascote B5000)
- At the next roundabout, turn right (direction Kettlebrook)
- You will now be in the Kettlebrook Road
- The entrance to The Lamb is the first right turn in Kettlebrook Road, about 50 yards from the roundabout