SPENNYMOOR manager Jason Ainsley believes that his players are back to their best ahead of a tantalising last day of the season.

Moors head across to Greater Manchester in order to play Curzon Ashton at the Tameside Stadium, and they know that if they win, and third placed Brackley unexpectedly lose at home to relegated FC United of Manchester, then they will finish a magnificent third and therefore go straight into the semi finals of the play offs, missing out the midweek qualifying round.

Nevertheless, if Moors don’t better Brackley’s result and finish fourth, then they will be at home in midweek to the seventh placed club, which at the moment is Bradford Park Avenue.

“I reckon that Brackley will win their game, so we must make sure that we finish fourth, ahead of Altrincham, who have a better goal difference than ourselves,” he said. “However, FC United are a better team away from home than they are at home, so you never know.

“Regardless, we must concentrate on ourselves and forget what is happening elsewhere. I want us to have plenty of momentum going into the play offs, so we must win today.

“I honestly think that on our day, we’re capable of beating anybody, but everybody in the team has to be up to speed – as we’ve proved in the last few weeks. We’ve lost players because of injury, but those who have come in, have done very well indeed. We have managed to overcome what was an horrendous March, when it looked as if the play offs might be slipping away from us. We’re in fourth place, and there are plenty of clubs below us who will be wishing that they’re in our position.

“We couldn’t have asked for any better from the two games over the Easter weekend. We won at York, then beat the league leaders, Chorley – not many clubs have done that this season.

“At least we have gone one better than last season, when we were in the play off positions near the end of the season, but we lost crucial games right at the end, and we lost out to a late goal in our final game.”

Curzon are currently 18th in the table, having lost half of their home games to date.

“Curzon are a very good footballing side, who will cause us problems, so we’ll need to be at our best. Whether that will be good enough for third place, then we’ll know at around 5pm this afternoon.”

Ryan Hall is almost certain to start against his previous club, but strikers Mark Anderson and Andy Johnson are both ruled out, while defenders Callum Williams, James Curtis and Rob Atkinson will all have fitness tests.

It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Spennymoor will play Blyth at some point in the play offs, because Blyth have won their last six matches to go sixth in the table, a point ahead of Bradford PA and Telford United. They’re at home to Southport today.