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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



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.


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.


Carls Reserves Blog

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Since my last blog 3 weeks ago we have played 3 and won 3 which has been very pleasing for Coops and myself and has been a big lift to the youngsters in the side and the confidence they were playing with at the beginning of season now seems to be coming back. I have brought some new players into the squad to help bring the young players on, as we felt we needed a little bit more experience because when we had no first team players available we were basically playing the under 18s team and the results were not going our way. We are trying to get the right balance between brining the academy players on but also getting them used to winning football matches and in a dressing room which is a winning environment, so if they do make the step up, they have the same winning mentality as the first team squad.

The 2 new permanent signings which have come in are Richard Archer (20) who was previously at Newcastle United as a schoolboy and is looking to get his career back on track after some bad luck with injuries and Gavin Brown (24) who are both Spennymoor lads, they have settled in well and give us that bit extra that we have been missing.  Scott Richards has also signed short term to help us out, he is a top northern league player so soon as he gets match fit I imagine he will be back to his club. He has been superb for the team in the games he has played and I think he has also given the academy players that bit of protection that they needed so they could express themselves on the field.

We had a good 3- 1 win away to Wingate which got us on the winning front again and Bobby Moore made his 1st appearance for the reserves as he made his comeback from a hamstring injury. My feedback to Jay was “he needs to be with us until about March” I wish!!! J . Seriously he was in a different class not only in the way he played but his influence on the team and the way he mixed in with the younger players was good to see, it was no surprise he was back with the first team for the next game.

The most pleasing victory came in the 4-1 victory at home to Dunston Holmeside in the County cup, as we had previously been beaten by them in the league. The pitch they play on is basically a park pitch which is small and has a poor surface which played into their hands as it stopped us playing our football. It was a different story at Brewery field as the pitch was perfect and in all honesty we could and should have scored 10. With no first team players available for this game we showed what we are capable of on the right surface and passed them off the pitch and it was pleasing to hear their manager commenting to me after the game on how well we played and that we were the best team they have faced this season.

Last week we played away at Coxhoe United and came away with the 3 points after a 3-1 victory, Ross Morrow scoring all 3 goals which keeps him top of the leading goal scoring charts in the Durham Alliance league with 16 goals in 15 games.  The squad which we took to the game included Craig Ruddy, Alex White and Lee Kerr from the first team but as we have found before it’s everyone’s cup final playing against Spennymoor and teams raise their game. Coxhoe will want to test themselves against better players which I told the lads before the game and said it was important that we put the hard graft in and win the battle which we did. The quality came through as the game went on but Coxhoe, to their credit never gave up but the 3 points were never in doubt.

We have played over half of our league games now and have played all but 1 team away from home so we can look forward to the rest of the season with plenty of home games to come. Please come down and show your support to the young lads when possible.



Jays Bishop Blog

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

They say a week in football is a long time and anything can happen, the last 7 days has shown exactly that

Let’s start with the Durham game, we started really well, creating good chances and playing on the front foot, moving the ball well and playing with confidence, then a moment of madness cost us badly, the sending off, which in my eyes was the right decision changed the course of the game. We conceded from another set piece which as disappointing as it hasn’t been the first time this season, after the goal there was only one team in it, we passed Durham off the park and deserved to go in at the break 2-1 up. We knew the 2nd half was going to be tough and it was exactly that, we found ourselves getting deeper and the extra man started to show, we thought we were going to hold on, Durham were awarded a penalty from a nothing challenge, which they were happy to accept. The attitude from the lads was first class and everyone of them put a shift in, at the end of the season this will definitely be one point gained.

The Morpeth game midweek was a game we deserved to win, I thought our finishing first was the difference between the two teams, two from hendo who is playing very well at the moment and one from Taylor was the difference. Morpeth got one back before the break, again not from good play, but from a lapse in concentration, that goal give Morpeth a glimmer of hope and ensured we had to concentrate throughout the whole of the 2nd half. It wasn’t until a great volley from sparky we knew the game was won

Then we saved our worst performance of the season for our rivals, the management and the players would like to apologise to the fans for a poor performance, we set ourselves very high standards at Spennymoor FC, our fans rightly expect high standards and we didn’t deliver.

You can have all the quality in the world, but if you aren’t prepared to match teams for work rate and effort, then that ability will count for nothing, which was proven on Saturday. The one positive that came out of the game was we secured one point, which in my opinion we were lucky to get and if it wasn’t for Peter, it could have been a different story.

The good thing about the northern league is, you don’t have to wait long to put a wrong right and we will be aiming to do that against Hebburn midweek

On the injury front we have some good news, which is Bobby and Wayne will all be available for selection this week,  whilst it is tempting to put them straight back in, we need to manage the situation correctly, to ensure their not back on the treatment table and out injured again. The bad news is we lost Dan Taylor on Saturday, he didn’t recover properly from a couple of tough tackles against Morpeth and pulled up before the Bishop game, I feel for him, he has just came back from a long term injury last season, which meant he missed most of pre season, the injury couldn’t have come at a worse time as Dan had started to show glimpses of what he is capable of.

We have a great Physio at the club in Andy, he has had his hands full over the last couple of weeks and I would like to thank him for his hard work getting the injured lads fit again.

We haven’t showed the form of last season yet, but rest assured we are working hard behind the scenes to get it right starting against Hebburn on Tuesday night


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