Match Preview: Spennymoor Town vs Bradford (Park Avenue)

Saturday’s impressive hard-fought win over Ashton United mean Mark Bower’s side made it five games unbeaten as their impressive turnaround from the beginning of the year continued.

Next up is a trip up north to face a very good Spennymoor Town side in what promises to be a crunch promotion clash as both sides look to flex their promotion-contending credentials.

Goals from Conor Branson and Jamie Spencer secured a third win in five games for Bradford, with Spennymoor missing a game week due to their postponement against Bradford’s Yorkshire rivals, Guiseley.

The last game Tuesday’s hosts did play was against Southport, where they secured a point after going one-nil down with a late penalty from the league’s top goalscorer, Glen Taylor.

Spennymoor’s season has been an impressive one. They boast the third best defence in the league, as well as being the league’s second highest goalscorers and are aiming to stay in touch with Chorley and Stockport County above them.

A win could see Bradford go as high as joint-third, but despite the points tally, Spennymoor’s goal difference will help them stay above Bower’s side whatever the result on Tuesday night.

The reverse fixture came early in the season during mid-August and saw Avenue come out on top. Ben McKenna’s 26th minute strike saw Bradford secure an impressive 1-0 win.

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Head To Head: Last 5 Games

Date Competition Venue BPAFC Spennymoor Town Result
14/08/2018 League Home 1 0 Win
06/01/2018 League Home 1 2 Loss
15/08/2017 League Away 0 3 Loss
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Win Draw Lose
BPAFC 1 0 2
Spennymoor Town 2 0 1

Knowing The Opposition

Glen Taylor

Taylor is a big, strong, and technically adept goal scorer who is a former FA Vase winner with Whitley Bay, and scored more than 100 goals for Ashington.  He grabbed plenty of headlines during the 2016/17 season, when he scored 19 goals to finish top of the pile for Moors and secure his place in the Jamie Vardy Academy over the summer. Upon returning to the club after the summer break, Taylor took his form to the next level, scoring four times in his first five games in the National League North. He went on to find the net over 20 times and caught the attention of clubs across the league and beyond. Taylor won a number of accolades at the club’s end of season awards, winning ‘Player of the Year’, ‘Player’s Player of the Year’ and ‘Top Goalscorer’.

Andrew Johnson

Johnson is now heading into his third season with Spennymoor after joining from Northern League Ashington in 2016. It’s easy to see why he was their captain as played a starring role in a number of key moments over the course of his time at Spennymoor. His wonderful FA Cup First Round strike against MK Dons will go down in Spennymoor folklore, but he scored almost a carbon copy again in the playoffs in April to sink Nantwich Town. The 31-year-old was touted by many clubs at Spennymoor’s level, before he decided to join The Moors last season. His form during the 2017/18 campaign was nothing short of sensational, as he netted 20 times in all competitions, with his cup form in particular catching the eye. He scored an unforgettable hat-trick in a FA Trophy fifth round replay at East Thurrock United, as well as a goal of the season contender at AFC Telford in April.

Ground Guide:

Refreshments:

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.

Other local pubs who are official Spennymoot Town club partners and welcome away supporters are:

Tudhoe and District Victory Club

Penny Gill

Spennymoor Working Men’s Club

The supporter’s marquee bar and refreshment area facilities in the ground will be open from 1:30pm

Parking:

Due to limited parking at Brewery Field, fans travelling by car are advised to book parking prior to the fixture by contacting Spennymoor Town on 07871206474 or spennysec@gmail.com.

Prices

Adult:£10

Concession: £5 (Over 60s)

Juniors Under 18s: £2

Under 10: (Free Accompanied by paying adult)

All disabled supporters will be charged as age applicable however a carer will be submitted free of charge – however proof must be shown at the turnstile.

Information for disabled supporters:

Wheelchair Users: Access via Wood Vue & Tees Crescent entrances and one helper per wheelchair

Prices: Helper admitted free of charge (Proof maybe requested)

Disabled Toilets: 2 Disabled Toilets in ground situated on Wood Vue and Tees Crescent side

Address And Directions

Spennymoor Town Football Club, The Brewery Field, Wood Vue, Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 6JN 

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