Dan Lewis previews Newton Aycliffe’s FA Cup preliminary round tie at home to FA Vase champions Spennymoor Town…
Following on from the historic, first FA Cup win in the club’s history at Darlington RA, Aycliffe could be forgiven for wondering what they have done to ‘deserve’ a test in the next round against reigning FA Vase holders, and near neighbours, Spennymoor!
However it is a task everyone at Moore Lane Park is looking forward to, and has a sense of excitement about.
Oliver’s men also have some decent form to bring with them into this weekend’s clash.
Granted, they suffered a blip at Durham City last Saturday but prior to that 2 wins and a draw in the League, not to mention the FA Cup win has left the Club buoyant.
The game on Monday against Bishop Auckland was tough but the performance was good and a point was the least the players deserved, particularly after going down to 10 men for the second time last weekend.
And that is something Oliver will be keen to avoid this week. Surely if they are to beat Spennymoor, they will need to keep all 11 players on the pitch.
In addition, they will be hoping new signing Jamie Owens will have overcome the slight niggles that forced him off in the second half at Durham, and meant he could only be used as a substitute on Monday.
Spennymoor themselves also look to be coming back into a little bit of the form that took them to Wembley in the Spring.
The Bank Holiday win over local rivals Shildon, another team many tip to be in the shake up come the end of the season, will have set them up nicely for what promises to be an exciting affair on Saturday.
Prices for the game are priced at £6 adults, £4 concessions, with u12s once again getting in FREE.
Get yourselves along for the 3pm kick off, for what promises to be a great occasion and game, and who knows, maybe come 5pm Aycliffe will be one step closer to Wembley!