The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

JA­SON AINSLEY be­lieves Spen­ny­moor Town are show­ing they aren’t the one-hit won­ders of the Na­tional League North.

The Moors missed out on last sea­son’s play-offs by goal dif­fer­ence in their first ever cam­paign at the level.

Boss Ainsley ad­mits there’s al­ways a sec­ond sea­son syn­drome fear but far from be­ing found out, the north-east side are in the mix again.

Ahead of yes­ter­day’s break from the league while they took on Sut­ton United in the FA Tro­phy, Spenny were fifth in the ta­ble with a game in hand on ev­ery­one above bar lead­ers Chor­ley.

Striker Glen Tay­lor has 18 goals for the divi­sion’s high­est scor­ers and Ainsley says there’s plenty to feel-good about at the sea­son nears a cru­cial pe­riod.

“We had a mixed sea­son last year,” Ainsley told

The NLP. “It was re­ally pos­i­tive and then we fell at the last hur­dle on goal dif­fer­ence. Then it was all about the re­ac­tion.

“Were we a one-sea­son won­der? I think the an­swer to that is no. We’ve got a lot of re­spect in the league now.

“We’re at a point where we’re in a strong po­si­tion but so are about 12 clubs. There’s not much dif­fer­ence in points to­tal be­tween a lot of clubs. So we’ve got to look at iden­ti­fy­ing maybe one or two play­ers that, if they be­come avail­able, we take a look at.

“We don’t want to bring play­ers in for the sake of it. They’ve got to be bet­ter than we’ve got and at the mo­ment we’ve got a small squad, but a good squad.”

Spenny beat Kid­der­min­ster Har­ri­ers on Tues­day night with Ainsley de­ter­mined they don’t squan­der their games in hand.

A good FA Tro­phy run saw them fall be­hind last term and they couldn’t quite re­cover. It’s one of a few ar­eas where Ainsley hopes they have learnt their les­son.

“We’ve got that lit­tle bit more ex­pe­ri­ence too,” Ainsley said. “Rob Atkin­son has come in to add to James Cur­tis, who was al­ready there in de­fence.

“Glen Tay­lor is scor­ing goals again. Ques­tions were asked of him – he’d come out of the Evo-Stik and could he do it in the Na­tional League? He’s gone on again and scored a few goals.

“I moan when we give away sloppy goals but when you an­a­lyse it there’s only Stock­port and Chor­ley who have con­ceded less and we’ve scored the most goals in the league. So it’s get­ting that fine bal­ance be­tween good, at­tack­ing foot­ball and keep­ing the back door closed.

“Our goal­keeper Matty Gould has come in and done re­ally well so the spine of the side has given us that plat­form.

“Then we’ve al­ways got play­ers who can ex­cite and score goals. Mark An­der­son has chipped in with a few, An­drew John­son has, Adam Boyes too. We’ve got goals in the team.”

In Ainsley’s time at the helm the club have risen from Step 5 – win­ning the FA Vase along the way – as chairman Brad Groves’ sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment has been re­warded.

The club are ad­dress­ing the pitch is­sues at their Brew­ery Field home that have ham­pered them and there’s lots of other offfield work be­ing put in.

“As a club we’ve em­ployed a full-time manag­ing direc­tor, we’ve just em­ployed a head of academy who works for the FA as well, Andy Lowe, so things off the field are hap­pen­ing too,” Ainsley said. “It’s mas­sive.

“I sup­pose it’s the same ev­ery­where but in the north-east we haven’t got lots of other Foot­ball League clubs around us so we need to start bridg­ing that gap from Un­der-18 foot­ball.

“We had a 17-year-old on the bench the other day and this is why we’ve got a lot go­ing off the pitch.”

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