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Moors appoint new Assistant Manager

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Spennymoor Town are pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony Smith as Assistant Manager.

Anthony will bring a wealth of experience to the club in the clubs push to achieve its aim of a top five finish in its first season in the Evo-Stik division one North.

Anthony told us ‘I’m very excited and looking forward to joining what I see to be most ambitious club in the north east at part time level. I was very impressed with Brad and Jason’s plans, ambitions and foresight for the future of the club, its very pleasing to see the clubs targets are very similar to my own. I would like to think that with collective effort from everyone involved at the club that we can continue to progress as a club and achieve success. It’s a challenge I’m really looking forward too.’

Anthony Smith began his career with Sunderland, making 25 appearances in all competitions without scoring in five seasons at the club. He made 7 appearances for Hartlepool United on loan in 1992.   Smith went on to play 4 games for Northampton Town before retiring due to injury at the age of 24.

Smith was named manager of Northern League side Chester-le-Street Town in September 2011 but left the club in June 2012 to join Gateshead.

On 10 December 2012, Smith was named caretaker manager at Gateshead after Ian Bogie & Terry Mitchell were relieved of their duties. Three days later, Smith was named permanent manager and given a contract until the end of the 2012–13 season. After a 17th place finish, Smith was given a one-year contract for the 2013–14 season. Smith resigned from his post on 18 August 2013 after defeats in the opening three games of the 2013–14 season.   More recently Smith took charge of West Auckland in August following the departure of Peter Dixon, and took them on an unbeaten run of 15 games storming to the top of the Northern League.  Following a meeting last week with West Auckland’s management committee, Smith and his assistant manager handed in their resignation.

We would like to welcome Anthony to the Brewery Field.

It just remains to wish all of our sponsors and supporters a very Merry Christmas from everyone at the club and hope to see you on Boxing Day when we are away to Harrogate Railway.

Last Match Report

Harrogate RA 26th December 2014 Evo-Stik Division 1 North

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Spennymoor Town were held for the second successive league game following a late goal by Harrogate RA on Boxing Day.
Moors were in front until the 85th minute thanks to a strike by top scorer Liam Henderson, however, Railway capitalised on a defensive slip to earn a share of the points and stretch their unbeaten run to nine games.
Moors were without Stephen Capper and John McReady, but newly appointed Assistant Manager Anth Smith took his place in the technical area following Jason Ainsley’s touchline ban.
Played on a mud bath, the home side went the closest in the opening minutes when a corner was swung in and cleared off the line but Moors slowly got on top and the new look front three of Gavin Cogdon, Henderson and Michael Roberts looked dangerous, especially Cogdon who had the beating of his man and came close to opening the scoring when he was well placed to fire home at the back post but a cruel bobble denied him the opportunity. Roberts then ran into the area but pulled his shot wide.
Moors deservedly took the lead in the 12th minute when Kallum Griffiths picked out the run of Henderson and with just Railway keeper Tom Goodwin to beat he slotted through his legs to hand Moors the lead.
Railway still looked dangerous on the break with Rob Youhill the outlet on the left and he caused Moors endless problems.  But Spennymoor still looked strong especially going forward with Roberts firing straight at Goodwin, then a superb solo run by Cogdon saw him fire too close to Goodwin.
The pitch was cutting up badly and it left both sides frustrated as they tried to get the ball down and play.  The second half soon degenerated into a midfield dogfight with little quality in the final third.
Moors defended well against a lively attack but the longer the game went on Railway were pushing for an equaliser.  After Roberts headed wide for Moors and Griffiths fired a shot across the face of goal that just needed a touch, the home side broke the resilience of Spennymoor with a late goal. It started from Goodwins long kick – his only one of the game – and when the ball was flicked on a slip by Moors defender Paul Johnson allowed Nathan Cartman to race away and he rounded keeper Adam McHugh and scored from an acute angle. The Railway fox-in-the-box has now scored an incredible 27 league goals so far this season.
The game ended with Moors slightly disappointed with a point, but it brought an end to an eight game winning run for Railway and on a mud bath that didn’t suit Spennymoor’s play, it could turn out to be a good point.
McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Johnson, 6 Groves, 7 Roberts, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Peacock(Sub Fisher), 11 Cogdon(Sub Ward)
Subs Not Used:
Stephenson, Lynch.

Att: 196

Next Game

Thursday 1st January 2015
Spennymoor Town Vs. Ossett Town
Evo Div1 N

Evo-Stik Division One North League Table

Position Team Played Points
1 Northwich Victoria 23 48
2 Darlington 1883 21 47
3 Salford City 22 47
4 Droylsden 24 42
5 Bamber Bridge 20 40

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