Spennymoor Town are the visitors to St James Park on Tuesday evening for a re-arranged National League North fixture.
Saints come into the game after Saturday’s draw with second-placed Chester. After the game Kevin Wilkin said: “I felt we had the better chances and if either of the sides is happier with the point I think it would be Chester. We created some really good chances especially in the first half and they needed some good last-ditch defending second half. Despite their possession they haven’t really hurt us and we have to understand the importance of scoring more than one goal and giving ourselves a cushion and a platform on which to build and close games out. But credit to Chester, they stuck to their guns and take a point away.”
Looking ahead to Tuesday’s game, Wilkin said, “Spennymoor are in great form and it should be an interesting encounter. We know that if the boys play to the level they are capable of we can give most sides a good game and hopefully that will be the case on Tuesday.”
Carl Baker and Dan Holman missed out on Saturday through injury and illness and they may be available again for the game on Tuesday otherwise Wilkin has his full squad available for selection.
Spennymoor have won their last four league games to rise to 8th in the league table behind Saints in 7th on goal difference only. Both have played 14, won 6, drawn 4 and lost 4. Home form has been exceptional winning four and drawing one of the last five home games. On the road they have won their last two games, both by 2-0 at Kettering and Alfreton.
This is Jason Ainsley’s team’s third season at Step 2. The sides have of course met five times in those two seasons but only once at The Brewery Field. In 2017-18 Saints won both games but the away fixture was eventually played at the home of Harrogate Town due to pitch problems at Spennymoor. Last season Saints lost on a first visit to The Brewery Field by 2-1 having won 4-1 in the early season home game. The sides met in the play-off semi-final, Brackley having finished third and Spennymoor fourth. After a goal-less 120 minutes the game was settled on penalties and the visitors went through only to lose to Chorley in the play-off final.
Both teams had a player named in the Non-League Paper’s Team of the Day at the weekend. Thierry Audel’s defensive performance and goal-scoring prowess was rewarded as were the two goals scored by ‘Moors’ Rob Ramshaw in their 2-0 win at Alfreton.
If you cannot get to the game you can follow the action on BBC Radio Oxford’s Tuesday evening Sportsnight show and via the club Twitter feed.