Glossop NE- FA Trophy Preliminary Replay
6th October 2015
Spennymoor Town progressed into the next round of the F.A.Trophy after edging out Glossop North End 3-2 in Tuesday night's replay at The Brewery Field.
Moors now host Goole AFC on Saturday 31st October after a Shane Henry brace and a header from skipper Chris Mason ensured the home side won an entertaining encounter in what was the third meeting between the two sides this season.
Moors made three changes to the team as Lewis Dodds, Nathan Fisher and Gavin Cogdon came into the side after Saturday's 1-1 draw in North Derbyshire.
On a very fast pitch, both sides tried to make an early statement as Henry curled a shot wide, then Moors defender Paul Johnson - red carded on Saturday - pulled down Kieran Lugsden after the striker wriggled away, but luckily for him and Moors, full back Kallum Griffiths was the covering defender meaning the Moors defender got a yellow card.
Defences and the Midfield were on top just as they were on Saturday, but Moors got the breakthrough in the 25th minute as Liam Henderson got down the right to fire a low cross which Henry bravely poked home under pressure from keeper Greg Hall and Michael Bowler, with the latter hobbling off from the challenge to be replaced by Sam Hare. Moors got on top and Cogdon was causing all sorts of problems, and he got into the area to pick out Andrew Stephenson who saw his shot blocked.
Glossop, however, levelled the scores in the 33rd minute when a corner was won by Lugsden, and when the ball was played into the area, Andrews was perfectly placed to pick his spot into the far corner from 12yds. Moors responded when Cogdon's shot was deflected to Henry who brought the ball down and fired a shot which keeper Hall produced a stunning save low down to his left and deny what looked a certain goal.
The visitors were defending well and got blocks in to frustrate Moors as Griffiths saw a grass cutter turned away, and Henry had a snap shot wide.
The scores were level at the break and the stage was set for the second half with Glossop starting much better than Moors, after Henderson had a shot from the edge of the area hit the woodwork, the home side were penned back as Mason had to produce a last ditch tackle on Lugsden who advanced into the area. Moors defended well especially under pressure, and on the break Fisher had a powerful shot beaten out by Hall, meanwhile Glossop had a good chance when Lugsden saw a shot cleared off the line by Stephen Capper.
Slightly against the run of play Moors went ahead in the 70th minute when man of the match Henry got the ball on the edge of the box, swivelled and struck a low shot past the dive of Hall into the back of the net. The goal give Moors a big lift and they piled on the pressure as Henderson had a dipping shot deflected over, before the decisive third goal arrived in the 73rd minute. Stephenson's corner was met by the run of Mason and he glanced a brilliant header over Hall and into the far corner.
Moors were now in command, Henderson forced Hall to save at the second attempt, then Fisher was denied by the hand of the Glossop keeper when another Moors goal looked on the horizon. Fisher was again denied this time by the feet of Hall, before a lapse of concentration by Moors allowed Glossop to pull a goal back in the 86th minute through sub Nick Alexander when he tapped into an empty net from a cross by Ben Brooks.
It set up a nervous end for Moors but they could have wrapped up when sub Danny Frost beat the outrushing Hall to the ball but his shot into an unguarded net crept wide of the far post. The referee played almost five minutes of stoppage time but Moors held firm to progress.
1 Joe Fryer, 2 Kallum Griffiths, 3 Chris Mason (c), 4 Lewis Dodds, 5 Paul Johnson, 6 Stephen Capper, 7 Andrew Stephenson, 8 Shane Henry, 9 Liam Henderson (Sub Glen Taylor), 10 Nathan Fisher (Sub James Risbrough), 11 Gavin Cogdon (Sub Danny Frost)
Subs Not Used: Anthony Peacock, Priestley Keithley
Referee: Mr G Hopper