Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley has warned that opponents Leamington will be a tough nut to crack when they visit the Brewery Field on Saturday.

Moors go into the game in great spirits having pulled off another excellent 2-0 away win at Altrincham in midweek that kept them in third place in the table, just four points behind top two Chorley and Stockport, with at least one game in hand.

“Leamington will be a tough nut to crack,” he said. “Their manager has got the best out of his team, and they are always in the thick of things in the middle of the table.

“On their day, they can beat anybody as they’ve shown this season.

“We have to maintain our recent good form. We had a great win on Tuesday, the players worked really hard, and they must maintain those standards today. We have thirteen big games left this season, and as I ‘ve said so many times before, this is not an easy league. There is always a surprise lurking around the corner.

“We’re in a good position, and we must try and muster as many points as possible, because sooner or later we’re going to slip up, just like the other teams around us will.

“It’s important to get the points on the board. Last season we had to play catch up with our games in hand and lost them. This season, we’ve played our games in hand and won them.

“So as far as I’m concerned, three points are a must this afternoon.”

Defender Rob Atkinson is missing with a hamstring injury, but otherwise Ainsley will choose from a full squad.

After today, Moors have a free midweek, but then the games will come thick and fast.

Next Saturday, they have a massive game at Stockport, then the following Tuesday they host Southport.

They then have home games against Guiseley on the 9th March and Bradford PA on the 12th, before going to Kidderminster on the 16th.

In the EvoStik Premier, South Shields are away to Bamber Bridge, while Whitby go to Hyde United.

In the EvoStik East, leaders Morpeth are at Ossett United, and Marske go to Tadcaster Albion.