Newly promoted Spennymoor Town host Stockport County this Saturday in the first National League North game of the season.
Whilst Spennymoor Town have only been around for 12 years, the club have existed in some way, shape or form since 1931, when the North East side played under the name of Evenwood Town FC. It was only in 2005 that Evenwood merged with Spennymoor United and collectively changed their name to Town following that point.
Since the name change twelve years ago, The Moors have seen a steady rise through non-league culminating in their highest ever finish last season to ensure promotion through to the sixth tier of English football, overseen by manager Jason Ainsley.
With no major injuries besides Adam Thomas’ potentially serious knee injury, and a full week of training to assess his squad, Manager Jim Gannon will be ready and able to pick from 21 of his 22 players. Jason Oswell will likely start up top with a combination of James Ball, Matty Warburton and Darren Stephenson sitting behind. Whilst at the back, Ben Hinchliffe could start in goal behind Michael Clarke and Stephen O’Halloran. New signing Ben McKenna could also play a part.
Spennymoor play their home games at Brewery Field, a 3,000 capacity venue that features a small main stand, two open ends and one covered terrace. Keep an eye out for the iconic Spennymoor arch at the Wood Vue entrance, a sign that had the ‘United FC’ removed after the club merge and name change in 2005.
The Brewery Field, Spennymoor, DL16 6JN
Admission is priced at £10/£6/£3/Free.
Kick off takes place at 3pm on Saturday 5th August.
For radio coverage of the match, tune in to Imagine FM (104.9).