Spennymoor Town powered their way into the 4th round of the F.A. Carlsberg Vase with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Bridlington Town thanks to a goal in each half from strike partners Gavin Cogdon and Liam Henderson.
Moors were without Keith Graydon and Kallum Griffiths therefore Dan Groves started at right back and skipper Daniel Moore moved into midfield meaning Michael Laws partnered Chris Mason at the heart of defence.
Spennymoor were quickest out of the blocks and top scorer Henderson cut in from the right but his left footed shot was easily held by Brid keeper Philip Dobson.
Brid suffered an early blow when Tom Lee was stretchered off from a strong but fair tackle by man of the match Lewis Dodds and he was replaced by Joel Ramm.
Moors continued to dominate, Wayne Phillips crossed from the left but Joe Walton headed straight at Dobson, then another jinking run by Phillips saw his floated cross met by Cogdon who could only head wide, then Phillips fired over after Walton’s cross was cut out.
Henderson and Walton combined for the latter to cross that was met by Moore who headed over, then a magnificent save by Dobson
denied Walton as he volleyed Cogdon’s cross but the Brid keeper got down low to his left to push around the post.
Moors took a deserved lead in the 34th minute as Walton ran at the Brid defence and burst into the box to tee up Cogdon who steered home from close range to hand Moor’s the advantage.
It was almost two when Dodds crossed from the left and Walton’s volley crashed against the post.
Walton then collected Dobson’s poor kick to release Henderson who turned but fired wide from the edge of the box.
Brid’s chances came near the end of the half as Frank Belt struck a free kick into the wall and Tom Fleming headed straight at Peter Jeffries from a free kick on the right.
Moors really took the game to Brid in the second half and it looked only a matter of time before they doubled their lead.
Stephen Capper drove over from Henderson’s chest down, and it was soon 2-0 when Phillips’ corner made its way to the back post when Cogdon headed back in and it was met by the Moors top scorer Henderson who headed home for a deserved goal.
It should have been three when Cogdon beat the offside trap from Henderson’s flick on and raced away but he slipped in front of the keeper and blazed over in a one on one situation.
Brid went very close to a consolation goal as James Bennett was denied by Laws who cleared off the line after his initial shot was blocked by Jeffries.
Cogdon then volleyed over and was denied by the feet of Dobson before Joel Sutton had a free kick deflected inches wide then blasted a shot wide in the latter stages, but holders Spennymoor won at a canter and deservedly booked their place in the next round.
Manager Jason Ainsley said: “I thought we won comfortably, but when you don’t take your chances, there’s always the possibility that they’ll come back and bite you,” said Ainsley. “I thought we were very organised and disciplined, and our experience came through. Some of the visiting supporters said that we were the best team they’ve ever played, but they didn’t see how good we can be. It shows how strong the Northern League is. We’ll have anybody at home now.”
Jeffries, Groves, Mason, Dodds, Laws, Capper, Walton(Stephenson), Moore(c), Henderson(Johnson), Cogdon, Phillips(Taylor).
Subs Not Used:
Referee: Mr Paul Keogh (Northumberland FA)