Spennymoor Town are aiming to bounce back from last week’s FA Cup defeat when Gloucester City arrive at the Brewery Field on Saturday.

Moors lost 2-0 at Chorley last week in an FA cup tie that turned on two penalty decisions with the Moors management team saying that their players weren’t clinical enough when their chances came along.

And now assistant manager Tommy Miller wants Moors to regain their goalscoring form against Gloucester, who are back in this league after a two-year absence.

“We’ve scored a lot of goals recently in the league, and we’d have scored at least one last week in the Cup if their keeper hadn’t pulled off three or four excellent saves,” he said.

“I thought we performed well and matched Chorley -- we were very disappointed that we went out of the competition, especially as Chorley weren’t as good as last season “Generally, things are on the up in the league after a slow start, and we’re hoping to continue that good run on Saturday.

“Gloucester have some good players, and recently they beat Bradford Park Avenue who have improved recently. They have had mixed results though, because they lost in the FA cup to Whitby at home.

“We need to take points from the clubs around us, and Gloucester are one of those clubs. We need to bridge the gap between ourselves and the teams above us.”

Striker Andy Johnson and defender Callum Williams are both because of injury, while midfielders Jake Hibbs and Ryan Hall both return after being cuptied last week.

Before last Saturday’s FA cup defeat, Moors had scored 15 goals in four matches – 5-0 at Lancaster in the Cup, 2-0 against Kidderminster in the league, 6-2 at Ashton United and 2-0 at Kettering Gloucester are currently eleventh in the table and have won two and drawn one of their seven away games.

They have just signed central defender Harvey Smith on a month’s loan from Bristol City as cover for injuries. Their danger man is midfielder Joe Hanks, who has scored eleven goals this season.

Elsewhere in the National League North, Gateshead are at Leamington, and Blyth go to Boston.

In the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy, Morpeth are at home to Cleethorpes, who replaced Mossley in the competition after Mossley were found to have played an ineligible player.

Dunston are at home to Gainsborough and South Shields go to Stalybridge.

Whitby, who were knocked out of the FA cup last Monday, are at home to Worksop.