Spennymoor Town welcome Frickley Athletic to The Brewery Field on Boxing Day for what is the first meeting between the two sides this season in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.
Monday's fixture is also the final home game of 2016 as Moors look to build on the wins over Ashton United and Mickleover Sports and the point picked up at Stourbridge last week. A draw or win would extend Spenny’s unbeaten run in the league to four games.
Spennymoor Town v Frickley Athletic
Northern Premier League, Premier Division
The Brewery Field, Monday 26th December, Kick Off 3pm.
Admission £10 Adults, £6 Concessions, £3 Children (U6 Free).
Turnstiles at Wood Vue open at 1.30pm and Tees Crescent open from 2:30pm.
The Blues are one of the longest serving members of the NPL and are an established Premier Division club. After a poor start this season which saw them lose their opening eight games, a change of leadership with the appointment of Player-Manager Lee Morris (pictured above) has brought them much better fortunes. Seven wins and two draws have moved them away from danger and restored optimism going into the second half of the season. An influx of new signings and some departures during the campaign have resulted in the face of the squad changing.
Frickley's best results this season have come against the top three sides after taking seven points from a possible nine against Rushall, Buxton and Blyth.
The Blues have won four of their last seven league games including a 1-0 win at league leaders Rushall Olympic. Their last game was abandoned due to fog at Nantwich Town in the second half with the score 0-0. Frickley's last completed league game saw a 4-0 home win over Ilkeston.
Frickley's current league form reads - LWLWLWA
One to Watch - Curtley Martin-Wyatt
The powerful striker fired a hat-trick on his debut against Ilkeston two weeks ago. Martin-Wyatt has also played for Goole, Hyde United and Garforth Town.
Manager Jason Ainsley is expecting another tough examination of Spennymoor’s credentials. He said: “Frickley will be a difficult test and one we will have to be at our best in to continue our run. We will train twice this week and prepare properly for what is an important part of the fixture schedule over the festive period.
“Frickley is the first of three games in a week, and the only home game, so we must get off to a good start and end what has been a memorable 2016 at The Brewery Field with a positive performance and result.”