Sunday, August 31st, 2014
Spennymoor Town safely progressed into the F.A.Cup 1st Qualifying Round after a comfortable 2-0 away win at Tadcaster Albion.
Second half goals from Anthony Peacock and Liam Henderson ensured Moors avoided a potential banana skin against lower league opposition and banked the club £1925 in prize money.
Moors await the winners of Bishop Auckland or Jarrow Roofing in the next round after the teams played out an eight goal thriller and replay in midweek.
Spennymoor made three changes to the team that won at Ossett Town on Monday as keeper Will Jones was handed his debut, Craig Lynch was handed his first start replacing Gavin Cogdon and Keith Graydon returned from injury to replace the unavailable Andy Stephenson. Tadcaster had the first chance of the game when hesitation in the Moors defence allowed Carl Stewart an opportunity to turn and get a shot away but Joe Tait blocked his effort. Moments later and Albion full back George Bissett made a strong run down the right and after bundling his way past Peacock his arrowed shot flew past the far post.
Moors registered their first effort on goal when Peacock teed up Graydon who struck a low swerving shot from 25yds which Albion keeper Tom Morgan made a great save down to his left.
Spennymoor were getting on top and another golden chance came when Henderson and Stephen Capper combined down the left for the latter to send over a pin point cross for Peacock who volleyed wide of the post. Lewis Dodds then almost picked out skipper Chris Mason with a superb cross from the left, and Henderson saw a drive saved by Morgan.
Albion then almost caught Moors on the break when Stewart beat the offside trap but his shot was watched wide of the post by Jones.
Albion had lost central defensive duo Denny Ingram and Andy Milne through injury midway through the first period and at the start of the second half Moors stepped up a gear in search of the opener.
Moors forced an early corner which was cleared and a Dodds cross from the right saw Morgan spill the ball but he blocked Peacock’s shot. Albion’s Terry Taylor then wasted a half chance after slicing a shot wide following good work by Nick Thompson.
Moors then opened the scoring in the 52nd minute as Henderson picked up a loose ball and released Peacock into the box and his shot took a slight deflection from a recovering defender and flew past Morgan into the back of the net. Albion still had chances as Stewart blazed over Josh Greening’s pull back, but Moors looked the stronger and a second goal was imminent. Sub Michael Roberts who had replaced the injured Lynch raced away to a ball over the top but his first time shot went wide.
Moors did double their lead and seal their passage into the next round when Henderson got away and ran into the area to bury his shot in off the post for a superb finish.
Chances still came for both teams as Henderson blasted wide and Josh Barrett was inches from connecting to an inviting cross into the Moors area. Albion then wasted an excellent chance of a consolation goal in the last minute but the effort was blazed over.
1 Jones, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 McReady, 8 Graydon, 9 Henderson, 10 Lynch, 11 Peacock.
Roberts on for Lynch.
McAndrew on for McReady.
Groves on for Graydon.
Subs Not Used:
Cogdon, P Johnson, A Johnson, Hayes.