Trafford - Evo-Stik Division One North
30th January 2016
Moors have had a few changes in the squad as of late. Danny Frost and Scott Kerr both left the club earlier this month and yesterday, the duo moved to fellow Evo Stik NPL1N side, Ossett Albion and as well as this, Michael Hoganson and Nathan Curtis have both had their contracts mutually terminated. We all the lads the best of luck in their future endeavours but as well as the losses, the Moors also have some gains.
Joining the club is winger, Jordan Blinco on a month’s loan from Sunderland, midfielder Craig Gott who returns to Spennymoor from Marske United and more recently, international player, Mark Anderson joined the club from Carolina Railhawks, though the attacking midfielder is originally from Durham. I looked forward to seeing the newbies in action.
Kicking off a minute after 3pm, it was the Moors who took most of the possession to begin with as the first chance of the game led to the first goal. On the 5th minute, a good run on the right wing by Nathan Fisher saw the former Gateshead striker shoot low from the far right into the bottom left hand corner past Trafford keeper, Russell Saunders.
GOAL- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 1-0 TRAFFORD (5 mins- Nathan Fisher)
The half was very uneventful following the goal to the point where there was literally nothing to write about. Trafford went close after the first goal when a run in the box by Aaron Burns saw the former Ashton United striker’s shot go just wide of the post. Despite this, Moors maintained the majority of possession and had many good chances up front, all of which were thwarted by the strong Trafford defence.
A chance late in the second half for Liam Henderson saw the former Watford man’s shot fly over the bar and smack the stand. The final 5 minutes saw Trafford pile a small amount of pressure on the hosts, and it paid off with a late equaliser before half time. A free kick curled into the box by Aaron Burns saw the striker’s effort find Keenan Quansah, who nodded the ball past Dan Lowson to level the scores.
GOAL- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 1-1 TRAFFORD (44 mins- Keenan Quansah)
HALF TIME- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 1-1 TRAFFORD
The second half was much more eventful than the first and following the early clearance of a Trafford corner, the hosts started to pile pressure on the Manchester visitors. With James Risbrough and Mark Anderson coming on for Anthony Peacock and Liam Henderson, the hosts gained 7 consecutive corners following a low Andrew Stephenson shot that was blocked by Russ Saunders. All seven corners never led to a goal, but good shots by Mark Anderson, Andrew Stephenson and Craig Gott were all saved well by Russ Saunders but piled pressure on the visitors.
The hosts took the lead once again on 66 minutes when a through ball by Andrew Stephenson found James Risbrough, who struck low from a couple of yards to tap past Russ Saunders and go 2-1 up.
GOAL- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 2-1 TRAFFORD (66 mins- James Risbrough)
With Luke Horrocks and Connor Martin coming on for Keenan Quansah and Aaron Burns for the visitors, the visitors slowly got back into the game and started to take more possession, but not before James Risbrough’s long ball in the box found Joe Tait, who headed wide. After a short spell of pressure, the visitors finally made the scores level again when a free kick from 15 yard by Lee Neville was curled past the defence and keeper, Dan Lowson for a deserved equaliser.
GOAL- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 2-2 TRAFFORD (85 mins- Lee Neville)
FULL TIME- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 2-2 TRAFFORD
Spennymoor Team Lowson Griffiths Mason Gott Tait Johnson Stephenson (Blinco) Henry Henderson (Anderson) Fisher Peacock (Risbrough)
Subs Not Used Watson Capper