Our trip to the Brewery Field this Saturday will be a first, of sorts, as we take on Spennymoor Town in the Vanarama National League North. The Moors have only been in existence, in their current form, since the merger of Evenwood Town and Spennymoor United in 2005. After gaining promotion from the Northern Premier League last season, Jason Ainsley's team have continued where they left off and currently sit seventh in the table, with three games in hand on most of the teams above them.
In the only previous meeting between the two sides Spennymoor emerged victorious after an 83rd minute Glen Taylor goal was the difference at the LDJ Solicitors Stadium back in early November.
Ainsley told the club website “Nuneaton gave us one of our toughest games of the season and we stole the three points with a goal from Glen near the end. It will be a very difficult game as they can certainly knock the ball about and cause problems, so we need to be wary of that.”
That match was Dino Maamria's first home game in charge of the Boro' and it's fair to say that he has rang the changes in the past four months. Almost half of that squad have since left the club and the side this weekend is likely to feature at least seven or eight players that didn't play a part in that defeat. Maamria's current side haven't conceded since they beat Harrogate Town 2-1 on the 9th of January, there have, of course, been two postponements in that spell, but the Boro' have kept clean sheets in three straight games.
The Moor's home form is middle of the pack, through 12 games they have scored 24, conceded 17 and amassed 24 points. Don't be fooled by those statistics though, Spennymoor are unbeaten at home in their past eight games, dating back to a 4-2 defeat by Curzon Ashton in October. Mark Anderson and Taylor had fired the Moors in to a 2-0 half-time lead, but after Chris Mason was sent off early in the second half a Niall Cummins 20 minute hat-trick was enough to see The Nash claim all three points in a superb comeback.
Taylor is Spennymoor's top-scorer with 15 league goals, just one fewer than our own Ashley Chambers. Anderson is next with six goals to his name, along with David Foley and Andrew Johnson. Midfielder Jamie Chandler is suspended after his red card against East Thurrock in the FA Trophy but Anderson and Foley could be back in contention. The Moors are unbeaten in 2018 and have come from behind in five of their eight games so far this year. At 180 miles away, Spennymoor is the second longest trip we'll have all season, will we have cause to celebrate on the long journey home?