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Joe Tait on the Darlington game

Monday, April 27th, 2015


EVERYONE at the club is really looking forward to the game on Wednesday.

We feel that there is no pressure on us, because as a team we’ve achieved all our targets this season. We said at the start that we wanted to have a good run in the FA Cup, do well in the other cups and reach the play-offs, and we’ve done all that.

Darlington, meanwhile, have slipped from the automatic promotion position, and they have expectations of going up, so the pressure is on them. If we get a result, then happy days.

We have nothing to lose. We’ve got a couple of knocks and a couple of suspensions, but that won’t be bothering us.

There should be a capacity crowd there, and it’ll be a great atmosphere. There have been two cracking games this season, and who can forget that game at Spennymoor in the Northern League season when there were over 2,500 in the ground? Whoever gets a ticket for the game will be in for a treat.

We’re going into the game full of confidence. We’ve been working on being a bit more solid at the back, and we’ve kept a couple of clean sheets recently, which is great.

People are saying that the forwards aren’t scoring many goals, but at least we’re creating chances, and it’s only a matter of time before they’re converted.

Our dressing room is bubbling at the moment. We’re all pulling in the same direction, the spirit and the morale are very good. Everyone is really excited about the game.

I was in the play offs last season with Darlington, and we were knocked out by Ramsbottom. I’ll always remember it for that disgraceful tackle on Leon Scott early in the game, it completely changed the game and their lad only got a yellow card. But having said that, I think everybody from Darlington held their hands up and said that the better team won on the night.

Let’s hope that we have a game to remember between two very good sides.

Joe Tait



Last Match Report

Burscough 25th April 2015 Evo-Stik Div. 1 North

Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Spennymoor Town needed a last minute equaliser from Ian Ward to finish their league season with a draw against Burscough ahead of their Play-Off Semi-Final showdown with North East rivals Darlington on Wednesday night.
Moors boss Jason Ainsley fielded a much changed team and for much of the game were second best against mid table Burscough who travelled up to County Durham with the bare eleven. Skipper Eddie Toner tried his luck from outside the area but Keeper Gareth Young held, then the Moors stand-in stopper went full stretch to hold a Will Jones glancing header from a right wing centre.
Moors huffed and puffed with some jinking runs from winger John McReady but each time there was no end product to their build up play. Ward went close with a shot on the turn but his effort struck team mate Dan Groves on the line, and it was a closest they came with visiting keeper Calvin Hare a mere spectator.
The second half in truth didn’t get any better, and with Burscough just shading it, they took the lead in the 61st minute when Jones got in between Young and the Moors defence to head into an empty net following a superb floated cross from the right.
But Moors kept going and levelled in the last minute when the Burscough keeper spilled a Robert Briggs free kick, and Ian Ward pounced head home from close range to give Moors their third successive draw.
“It was a very poor, typical end of season game with nothing to play for, but it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know already. We’re just looking forward now to a fantastic occasion on Wednesday.”Line-Up:

1 Young, 2 Groves, 3 Mason, 4 Briggs, 5 Johnson, 6 Capper, 7 McReady (Sub Roberts), 8 Dodds, 9 Ward, 10 Cogdon, 11 Peacock.

Subs Not Used:

Henderson, Fisher, Henry, Griffiths.

Att: 427

Next Game

Wednesday 29th April 2015
Darlington 1883 Vs. Spennymoor Town
Evo D1N Play Off Semi Fin

Evo-Stik Division One North League Table

Position Team Played Points
1 Salford City 42 95
2 Darlington 1883 42 91
3 Bamber Bridge 42 83
4 Northwich Victoria 42 82
5 Spennymoor Town 42 77

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