Spennymoor looking for some more History
Moors looking at creating another piece of history
Since the reincarnation in 2005 Spennymoor Town has not had much success in the FA Cup, other competitions though have been a different story.
In the sixties and seventies, when known as Spennymoor United, the first and second rounds proper were reached on no lesser than five occasions over ten years. The last time, in 1978, they were taken apart away to Rotherham United having played eight games (inc. two replays) during the run.
During the early-mid nineties, and with a certain Jason Ainsley amongst the playing ranks, and still United, the first round would be reached on a further three occasions. Ainsley played two of those games, in 1991 against Chesterfield and in 1996 against Colwyn Bay.
Seven years after the defeat to Colwyn Bay and not too long before the merger would take place a Moors side that would finish the season as runner-up in the Northern Premier League First Division. It would be the last time in which they would reach the final qualifying round when having defeated Consett, Ashington, Atherton Collieries and Droylsden the Moors were pitted against Northwich Victoria, going on to lose 3-1.
Since the merger though, and subsequent return of Ainsley as manager success in the FA Cup has never materialised, until now.
Reaching the third qualifying round in 2012 has been the best the modern day Moors have mustered in the grand old competition. However, whilst the FA Cup has been hard to navigate they have created regional history when winning League, League Cup and Durham Challenge Cup competitions with regularity – along with ‘that’ FA Vase success of 2013.
Both manager and captain though are unanimous in their decision that this could well be their best run yet in the famous old competition.
If it has been a while in coming for captain Chris Mason then spare a thought for Moors supremo Jason Ainsley. The experienced former player and current manager saw his Moors reach the First Round proper in the mid-90’s, the last time being in 1996, but since then all has come to nought.
“I played in the games against Chesterfield and Colwyn Bay during the nineties when Moors last hit the First Round,” Ainsley began.
“We were brilliant in the Chesterfield game, narrowly losing 3-2 and were actually clapped off by their supporters at the end of the tie as well. The match against Colwyn I believe we’d have faced Blackpool in the Second Round if we had progressed then as well.”
Even for Mason you have to go back to his time at Harrogate Town for when he was last in the First Round, a match with Torquay United during the 2005-96 season.
“That was a good run for me and Harrogate that season but Capper will keep rubbing it in that he’s been furthest in the competition than the rest. We took Torquay to a replay before we bowed out though that season.
“With us, whilst I’ve been here anyway, I don’t think the FA Cup has been a massive aim for the club, especially when we’ve aimed a lot at winning the Vase. I don’t know why but we’ve just never applied ourselves and been a cup team in the essence of that competition.”
Fast forward to now, and the upcoming home fixture with Conference Premier outfit AFC Telford both management, players and supporters alike are looking forward to creating what could well be another piece of history for Spennymoor.
Jason has been getting used to that since his return to the club as manager and he said of this seasons FA Cup run: “We played Tadcaster at a good time really as they are flying now and I think we’re one of the only sides they not scored against this season.
“We then had two very tough ties against local opposition in Bishop Auckland and Dunston UTS where, in the latter, we did exceptionally well and I see that as being the turning point in our season really whereas in the last round against Ashton we had to dig deep and grind a result out, which we did.
“Our scorer, Joe Tait, was fantastic in that game and stood out for me, he did magnificently well to slot the penalty away in the way in which he did.”
Mason went on to say that: “For us to get a home draw at this stage is good for us and, when you look at the form that we are in then you never know.
“We’ve gathered a lot of momentum and confidence lately but just taking each game as it comes then, before you know it, you’re into the second half of the season. We’ve got an FA Trophy match before we face Telford (away to Harrogate RA) but the lads know what they are going into for that and are confident of getting the results we need.
“Granted the league games will mount up the further we progress but that’s how we like it as we’re used to having something to play for and plenty of games at the end of a season.”
As they head into that potential date with destiny against Telford Ainsley added: “This game will be one more piece of history for us and, should we go on to reach the First Round which we are capable of doing, you will see us create a little bit more for the modern day Spennymoor Town.
“This will be a fantastic occasion for the club and its supporters so I feel the onus will be off us although they’ll be a tough examination of where we are at right now.”
Following on from a trio of 4-1 league wins against Northwich Victoria (away), Scarborough Town (home) and Lancaster City (away) as well as the FA Cup win against Ashton, Moors travel to Harrogate Railway Athletic in the FA Trophy on Saturday October 18 before the small matter of Darlington in the Durham Challenge Cup on Tuesday October 21 and then the visit of AFC Telford in the FA Cup four days later.
Posted on 16/10/2014, in Football, Non-League and tagged AFC Telford, Bishop Auckland, Chesterfield, Chris Mason, Colwyn Bay, Conference Premier, County Durham, Darlington 1883, Dunston UTS, Durham Challenge Cup, Evo-Stik League, FA Cup, FA Trophy, FA Vase, Harrogate RA, Jason Ainsley, Joe Tait, Lancaster City, Non-League, Northern Premier League, Northwich Victoria, Scarborough Town, Spennymoor Town, Spennymoor United. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.