PROMOTION-CHASING Spennymoor will arrive at York City having suffered their longest run of consecutive away defeats in two seasons as a National League North outfit.

The fourth-placed Moors have lost the last three matches on their travels, going down to top-of-the-table Stockport County (1-0), play-off rivals Kidderminster Harriers (2-1) and relegation-threatened Ashton United (3-0).

Jason Ainsley’s men last won on the road in mid-February when they defeated Altrincham 2-0 and, conversely, that triumph saw the club rack up their best sequence of away successes with three on the spin.

Furthermore, over the course of the campaign, only two sides Stockport and Altrincham, with ten wins apiece, have claimed more than the nine away league victories Spennymoor have enjoyed this term.

Only Stockport (16), meanwhile, have conceded fewer away goals in the division than the Brewery Field outfit’s 21.

But the County Durham team have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine matches, having recorded five consecutive league shut-outs prior to that run.

Spennymoor will visit North Yorkshire, though, knowing that three points will ensure their participation in this season’s play-offs.

Being three points behind third-placed Brackley, who they beat 2-1 at home last weekend, also means Ainsley’s men still have a chance of securing a passage straight into the play-off semi-finals, where they would be guaranteed a home tie.

The Good Friday visitors are nine points behind top-of-the-table Stockport with only three games left to play and an inferior goal difference of 15, meaning it would take a miracle perhaps bigger than that which will be celebrated this Easter weekend for the Moors to finish the campaign as champions.

Former Whitley Bay and Ashington striker Glen Taylor is just one goal away from hitting 30 for the campaign ahead of tomorrow’s match.

Taylor is also four clear of nearest rivals Daniel Udoh (Telford), Daniel Maguire (Blyth Spartans) and Jake Beesley (Bradford Park Avenue) in the chase to win National League North’s golden boot with 23 strikes outside of cup competitions.

The form of Taylor has contributed to limited chances for ex-City striker Adam Boyes following his summer move from Bradford Park Avenue.

Boyes has netted eight times in 44 outings, but has mainly been used as a substitute during the campaign and has started on the bench for the last five matches, being introduced during each of the last four.

Winger Mark Anderson is Spennymoor’s second-top scorer this season with 14 goals and, having missed four games due to injury, he returned to action as a 73rd-minute substitute last weekend, so could feature from the start against the Minstermen.

Jamie Chandler missed the Brackley match as he served a one-game suspension for his 69th-minute red card at Ashton United.

He committed two bookable offences - both for dissent aimed at the referee - within the space of ten seconds in that match with his side already trailing 3-0.

Ainsley will now need to decide whether to change a winning side and recall the former England youth international.