It is the Non-League Day this Friday and in collaboration with Mark Carruthers from our partners, For The Love Of Football, we’ll be giving you a full run down on your options for stepping out into the wonderful world of NE non-league football this Saturday. Its our intention to give a a good spread of opportunities for you all this weekend and we thought we’d be able to do that by ensuring we cover every part of the North East region.
For the first in our run down Mark is looking at games in the land of the Prince Bishops, County Durham.
Here you are:
NON-LEAGUE DAY – COUNTY DURHAM
SPENNYMOOR TOWN V SALFORD CITY
There are a number of Non-League Day fixtures that stand out in County Durham across a number of competitions. However for me the one fixture that shines brightest is the Evo-Stik First Division North fixture between Spennymoor Town and Salford City.
Spenny have made a solid start to their first season back at this level following promotion from the Northern League. The Brewery Field club sit in seventh place at the time of writing, just a couple of places behind the play off spots and are in good form following away wins at Ossett Albion and Tadcaster Albion, the latter coming in the FA Cup.
The Moors carry a considerable goal threat with the likes of Stephen Capper, Gavin Cogden and Liam Henderson all more than capable goalscorers.
Not content with his attacking options manager Jason Ainsley added former Guisborough Town forward Michael Roberts to his squad during the summer and for an NUFC connection they have former Academy striker Dan Taylor in their squad.
Salford City hit the news this year as they were taken over by members of Manchester United’s ‘Class of 92’. Messrs Giggs, Butt, Scholes and both Neville brothers have taken over the reins at their local club and fair play to them as they seem to be showing some ambition and intent with several top quality signings.
Boosted by their input they have started the season in unstoppable fashion winning all four of their league fixtures, the latest of which saw former Red Devils striker Danny Webber notch a late winner in a home fixture with a much fancied Droylsden side.
They were however held to a stalemate in their FA Cup tie with Congleton on Saturday. The replay will be played tonight(Tuesday) prior to their trip to County Durham. All in all it’s a serious test of the Moors credentials at this level and a game well worth taking in for my money.
MATCH INFORMATION KICK OFF TIME: 3pm
GROUND ADDRESS: The Brewery Field, Wood View, Spennymoor, County Durham. DL16 6JN
TICKET PRICES: £8 adults, £5 concessions (Over 60) and £3 Junior (Under 16)
LOCAL TRAIN STATION: Durham, although a bus or taxi(costing around £8) will be required to get to the ground
LOCAL PUBS: Winning Post, The Grand Electric Hall
OTHER NOTABLE FIXTURES: Elsewhere in County Durham on Non-League Day Northern League Division One title favourites Shildon host Newcastle Benfield, who could include former Newcastle United juniors Paul Brayson, Phil Airey and Michael Riley and an as yet unbeaten Consett side host West Yorkshire outfit Thackley in the FAC.
ELSEWHERE: NORTHERN LEAGUE DIVISION ONE Crook Town v Billingham Synthonia 3pm (DL15 9PW)
FA VASE Birtley Town v Thornaby 3pm Birtley Sports Complex (DH3 2TB) Chester-le-Street Town v Knaresbrough Town 3pm (DH2 3RW)
WEARSIDE LEAGUE Cleator Moor Celtic v Richmond Town 2.30pm (CA25 5HR) Easington Colliery v Gateshead Leam Rangers 2.30pm (SR8 3JJ)
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