Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley has warned his players to avoid a backlash when they travel to Evesham to face Gloucester on Saturday.

Moors head to the midlands in ninth place in the table, just a point below the play off places, while Gloucester were thumped 6-1 in their last outing on Tuesday night at Alfreton.

“The last thing we want from our players is complacency – we must avoid a backlash from them after their midweek performance,” he said. “We beat them 5-0 at our place earlier in the season, so they’ll be wanting revenge.

“A draw is no good for us, we need to win these sort of matches if we are to keep amongst the play off places. There are so many clubs competing for the play off places.

“We’ve put in two good performances recently. We gained a good point at Kidderminster when it could have been more, and a solid win last week against Leamington. We need to keep that form going.

“We’ve done well on our travels this season, we’ve won two and drawn seven – but we need to turn draws into wins. We’re maybe better off winning one and losing one, than to draw games.”

Moors have been hit by a virus this week which has laid several players low, but all of them should be fit for today.

“It’s been five-a-side in training on Tuesday, but everyone should be fit for Saturday.”

Jamie Chandler missed last Saturday with an ear infection but should return, as should Carl Magnay after suffering from mumps, while top scorer Glen Taylor, defenders Chris Mason and Tyler Forbes and striker Andrew Johnson were amongst the players with a virus.

Gloucester have slipped down the table in recent weeks, having picked up just one win from their last five matches, against Leamington on New Year’s Day. They are third bottom, just three points above second bottom Blyth.

Moors have played at Evesham before, against ground owners Evesham in the second qualifying round of the Trophy four seasons ago, when they won 2-1.

Spennymoor’s home game with Altrincham has been re-arranged for Tuesday 11th February, kick off 7.45pm, which means that Moors have four home games in a month. The original game was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.