Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley is forced into making changes for their home game against Alfreton on Saturday as they look for their first win in five matches.

Moors’ loss of form couldn’t have come at a worse time for them, picking up just one point from their last four matches that has seen them drop out of the title race. They’re in third place, ten points behind leaders Chorley with a game in hand, and six behind Stockport on the same games.

Of more importance now, is that they consolidate a play-off place – they are six points ahead of seventh placed Telford with eight games remaining.

Ainsley is forced into three changes irrespective of his feelings after Tuesday’s game. Midfielder Rob Ramshaw is banned for two matches after being sent off after the final whistle at Kidderminster, striker Mark Anderson is out with a hamstring injury, and midfielder Andrew Johnson is sidelined with a foot injury.

Ainsley is therefore hoping to complete two signings before the game, which is part of the club’s Miners’ Day. “We need to bring some bodies in, and get us over this period, the squad is too thin.”

Nevertheless, he knows that his team needs a much-needed boost today, after losing 2-0 to Bradford Park Avenue on Tuesday night.

“Some of the players are short on confidence, and we had a good chat with them at training on Thursday night, “I thought we were devoid of ideas in the second half on Tuesday. The players looked leggy, and gave the ball away cheaply.

“Four games ago we were talking about winning the title and gaining automatic promotion, now we need to win matches to stay in the play offs. I thought we carried too many players on Tuesday night – usually you can get away with carrying two or three, but there were more on Tuesday.

“We put ourselves in a good place not so long ago with the form that we showed, and now we need to snap out of this blip and get some more wins under our belts. Winning the league has gone, now we must try and finish as high up the league as possible to be ready for the play offs.

“The good thing is, that we’ve had a few bad results lately, but we haven’t moved in the table.

“We have to regroup now and stick together. There’s a mood of negativity around the club, we need to dispel it and get back to what we’re good at. We must finish the season on a positive note.”

Moors beat Alfreton with one of their best performances of the season in December by 7-1, but since then Alfreton have moved up to 11th in the table.

However, they’ll be missing striker Reece Styche, who has been called up for the Gibraltar squad.

Moors have re-arranged their home game against Guiseley for Tuesday 2nd April, kick off 7.45pm.

In the EvoStik League Premier Division, South Shields are at home to Hyde United, while Whitby face Workington.

In the EvoStik League East, leaders Morpeth are at Brighouse, while Marske go to bottom club Gresley.