MATCH PREVIEW: City vs. Spennymoor Town

On the back of a mid-week FA Cup Replay win, Lancaster City face Spennymoor Town at home in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup. This tie will take place at the Giant Axe on Saturday 21st September at 3pm.

City head into this game on the back of an impressive unbeaten run and are looking to continue their good form of late and pick up the win and advance in the FA Cup. After a thrilling 3-3 draw last Saturday, the Dolly Blues are looking to slightly improve by getting the win this weekend.

Meanwhile, our visitor’s Spennymoor Town are unbeaten in their last three games, with the most recent result being a 1-1 draw away at Bradford. Spennymoor look to spoil the Dolly Blues FA Cup party as they are hoping to halt City’s run.

Recent Form
City’s unbeaten run of late has been impressive, with City sat in 9th in the league. On the back of two draws and a win, City are looking to continue to impress with a win on home turf.

City’s Last 3 Games
14/09 – Lancaster City 3 – 3 Grantham Town
11/09 – Northwich Victoria 1 – 2 Lancaster City
07/09 – Lancaster City 0 – 0 Northwich Victoria

Spennymoor Town have also been playing well and picking up result, with a 3-game unbeaten run and a chance to advance in the cup at stake. With one win and two draws out of the three games, Spennymoor have proven their quality both home and away.

Spennymoor Town’s Last 3 Games
14/09 – Bradford 1 – 1 Spennymoor Town
10/09 – Spennymoor Town 5 – 0 Blyth Spartans
07/09 – Spennymoor Town 2 – 2 King’s Lynn Town

Ones to Watch
For City, there is only one man to credit after the month he has had. The City Player of the Month, David Norris, has been in incredible form, scoring 7 goals already this season. The experienced midfielder has been the main asset for City this season. Norris has been a key playmaker whilst also getting in on the goalscoring act too, showing his quality and class each week for the Dolly Blues. Alongside Norris is the equally impressive Jack Armer. The left-back has been playing incredible too, managing to get 1 goal and 2 assists so far this season, an impressive return from the defender.

For the visiotrs, the problem areas are the forwards. Adam Boyes and, in-particular, James Roberts have both got 2 goals in their last 3 games. The 23-year-old Roberts is a youth product of Wycombe Wanderers and has also played at Oxford United, Chester and Barnet. The main star in the Spennymoor squad is another veteran midfielder, so it will be a battle in the middle on Saturday. Andrew Johnson has scored 4 goals for Spennymoor so far this season. Johnson is an experienced player who arguably runs the show for Spennymoor, but will he be able to get past City’s own experienced midfielder in David Norris?

With the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round approaching, City look to progress in the competition and hopefully gain a place in the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup.

By Tomos Berry