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Friday, November 28th, 2014

Before the season started, the chairman said that he wanted a top-five finish in the league, a good run in the FA Cup and a good run in the FA Trophy.

So far, we’ve had a great run in the Cup, and were just five minutes away from getting into the first round. We’ve won three games to get through to the last qualifying round of the Trophy, and we’re just outside the top five in the league.

If we beat Chasetown in the Trophy on Saturday, then we’re in the first round draw with the Conference Premier teams. With the team we have, the good players we have and the amount of time we’ve been together, we should be looking to win.

We’re taking each game as it comes at the moment. We’ve been doing quite a bit of travelling recently. We were down at Telford for a midweek game not so long ago, and we were at Leek last midweek for our Trophy tie. We played at Farsley on Tuesday night, and next week we’re at Brighouse in the league cup.

We’re enjoying going to new grounds and facing new teams, and I think we can say the same for our fans. We had some great backing at Telford and Leek – for fans to go that far for a midweek game is tremendous. I think we’re all benefitting from exploring new horizons.

With all due respect to the Northern League, because we had some great times there, we’ve found that opposing teams are fitter and more disciplined. People have said that the standard of this league isn’t higher, but it is. Clubs have better squads, rather than a better XI, they’re better organised and they keep going right to the end of games. There are five or six really good teams in the Northern League, but anyone can beat anyone in this league. We have had plenty of tough games.

I think we’ve only performed badly in two games this season. The first was the home game against Darlington early in the season when we didn’t get going at all and lost 2-0, and the second was the home game against Bamber Bridge, when we lost 6-1. In all the other games, I think we’ve performed well.

We really thought that we were going through against Telford in the Cup at our place. We were 2-0 up and five minutes away from going into the first round proper, and when they got back to 2-2 and forced a draw, the result felt like a defeat. It felt different against Leek. We scored a late goal to equalise at our place, and when we went down there for the replay, we knew that we could get a good result, which we did near the end.

Chris Mason, Captain Spennymoor Town

Physio’s Notes

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Andy Oates gave us an injuries update this week.

Callum is still recovering from a groin strain sustained away against Telford but should be available for selection on Saturday in the FA Trophy.

Joe Tait is struggling to be available for the trip to Osset with a groin strain he had initially injured away against Darlington but aggravated in the home game on Saturday.

Gavin Cogdon continues his rehabilitation of a hamstring injury picked up in the FA Trophy game against Bamber Bridge. He was injured following a tackle from behind when clear on goal. He did mange 45 minutes Saturday as part of his rehabilitation.

Anthony Peacock has a slight niggle which he continues to struggle with around his pelvis. He reported this before the Telford match at home and has been able to play throughout despite discomfort.

Lewis Dodds is recovering following a broken nose picked up at Home to Bamber Bridge in the FA Trophy.

Goalkeeper Adam McHugh continues to wear a protective hand splint after rupturing a ligament in his left hand away against Harrogate Railway.

Craig Lynch will be returning to action with the reserves a week on Saturday after fracturing his right collar bone against Tadcaster FC.

Jays Dunston Blog

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Monday’s performance against Dunston had everything you look for in an away performance, outstanding resolute defending and togetherness against a very strong Dunston team who we have not beaten in many years at their place.

We also had a real threat going forward and on another day could have won by more. To go top at this stage is a massive statement especially when you look at the run we have been on. Celtic Nation  have been in a similar position to what Darlington were last season, only focusing on the league and for us to go above them into the last couple of weeks gives us real hope of achieving our objective of finishing above them and gaining promotion.

We have a great cup final on Friday to look forward to and to be in the final for the past 3 seasons is testimony to all the players who have helped us get there. Shildon are a quality side and are having a very good season and in my eyes with the players they have had in recent years have underachieved and should have been challenging for the title in every season rather than just this one. We still have some really tough games coming up and will need everyone pushing in the same direction if we are to achieve our goal.

With games coming thick and fast and every one of equal importance we just have to make sure we are all focused and ready for each challenge and I think we are doing just that. Picking up points when not playing as well as we can is vital at this stage of the season and keeping the pressure on the teams around us is paramount.

Enjoy the ride

Jay

 

Jays Consett Blog

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

It was a vital win today but probably the worst performance we have put in at home this season, but at this stage its all about the results and fortunately we scored at a good time.  In the first half I don’t think they really threatened us as the back five were outstanding.  Joe Walton came in at right back which was a big decision but for me I think he was man of the match today.  He was excellent at the right back position and along with Mase, Dan Groves, Kyle and Capps was very solid.

Although we were solid I don’t think we were anywhere near tactically as I say we are very happy with another three points which are vital to achieving our goal.

What prompted me to move Joe to right back was that Consett are quick going forward and some of their players such as Mackay and Guerin-Lokonga, who are not going to hurt you with their physicality which is where Lawsey or Alex are strong, today it was all about movement and today the decision payed off which would not always be the case in a other games.

I think that AJ came in and put a real shift in and created the goal for us but let’s be honest we have some real talent in the dressing room even though we didn’t show a great deal of quality today we dug out another result while not playing at our best which is the sign of a good side.

Dunston on Monday night is the next challenge which is a vital game again with Celtic Nation and Shildon winning and West drawing.  As I said in the paper today I don’t expect any team to do us any favours and I think they will win all of their games so we have to make sure we do likewise.  Dunston is never an easy place to go to especially mid-week but you know we have got to dig in and we have got the incentive that if we win we go top of the league so it’s not a bad time to hit the top of the table with only a couple of weeks of the season left to play so roll on Monday and we will make sure the lads are up for it.

We are not even thinking about the game on Friday just yet – we have the Dunston game to contend with first and they are a good side, especially on their own patch and scoring goals for fun at the moment.  So, we have got to make sure that we get that one done and dusted to get the result there and then we can focus on Friday, but we won’t do that until after the game on Monday.

Jay

Jays Winsford Blog

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

First of all I’m delighted to take it back to the Brewery Field  – on another day I think we would have won comfortably but we hit the bar three times and their keeper made some great saves but to be fair to the lads the pitch was horrendous – not being disrespectful to Winsford – but if we had played them on a different park I believe we would have won comfortably.

When its nil nil, especially over 120 minutes you are always wary of the odd goal going in which we were today but I think the players put a tremendous amount of effort in and though it wasn’t a great game I think that was mainly down to the pitch.

The next best thing to a result is to take the game back to Spennymoor on Tuesday night which we have done.  The game certainly isn’t over, but we have given ourselves a fighting chance.

They battled well today but so did we.  People say we are a good footballing side which we are, but we had to do the ugly side today.  I have seen better park pitches which is no disrespect to Winsford as they have been battling against the weather to get the game on, but they will find a totally different surface on Tuesday night.

We would probably have lost that game a couple of seasons ago if you go back to teams such as  Gresley and the like where we lost the game in the dying minutes where it was a similar sort of surface when we went out of the cup.  We are going back to the North East tonight very happy that we are still in the draw for the next round.

I would like to thank the supporters who were outstanding today and to bring approximately 200 fans when the crowd was 271 says it all.  Yes it wasn’t the greatest performance for them today but hopefully they will come back on Tuesday night to see us finish the job off.

Still being in the draw is the key thing for me having played 120 minutes away from home where Peter hasn’t had a save to make and their keeper has pulled off some worldies and us hitting the bar three times.  If you had asked me at the end of the ninety minutes, I would have settled for a draw and take them back to Spennymoor on the Tuesday night.

I said to the players after the game that it’s certainly not won yet as they are a decent side who have a good work rate and some players who can cause you problems, but I fancy us strongly at home, but we need to turn up and have the desire to get through to the next round.

Jay

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