Stourbridge FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round
28th November 2015
Stourbridge are a club located in the town just South West of Birmingham. In the league where the Glassboys play with the likes of Darlington 1883, Colwyn Bay and Hyde United, they currently sit 8th in the league and haven’t lost a league game since the 27th October away to Nantwich Town. But more famously, Stourbridge are a week away from arguably the biggest game in their history when they play at home to National League side, Eastleigh in the Second Round of the FA Cup next week. To get here, the Glassboys have beaten Tividale, Dunkirk, Rushall Olympic, Kidderminster Harriers and finally, Dover Athletic to continue yet another famous Cup run for a side no stranger to famous FA Cup runs themselves. Today they continued their FA Trophy campaign at home to Spennymoor Town in the hopes that they would continue more good Cup runs following 2-1 and 2-0 victories in precious rounds with Halesowen Town and Carlton Town respectively.
The game kicked off just after 3 with the hosts beginning well and gaining the majority possession. The first major chance came on the five minute mark with midfielder, Ben Billingham’s strike from 25 yards going just over the bar. Following a slow ten minutes, Moors started to show character and almost took the lead with a long range shot of their own- An effort by Lewis Hawkins from 20 yards too went over the bar. A mix up in the Stourbridge defence almost proved to be a major mistake as the ball landed at the feet of Liam Henderson, whose shot from the edge of the box smacked the post and was cleared well by the Stourbridge defence. Following an uneventful period where the visitors seemed to maintain the majority possession, ‘Hendo’ had another chance for a goal on the half hour mark, with a shot from just inside the box being blocked for a corner by Stourbridge keeper, Lewis Solly for a corner, which was cleared.
After a short period of forward pressure, the hosts took the lead on 36 minutes when a great run along the right touchline by Drew Canavan saw a cross in the box find striker, Mark Wright, who managed to squeeze ball in from a couple of yards inside a crowded box to open the scoring.
GOAL - STOURBRIDGE 1-0 SPENNYMOOR TOWN (36 mins- Mark Wright)
Moors quickly got back into the game following the goal and with a long range free kick by Scott Kerr blocked by Lewis Solly, the visitors managed to equal the scores when a corner found Joe Tait, who nodded in the free header to equalise.
GOAL - STOURBRIDGE 1-1 SPENNYMOOR TOWN (40 mins- Joe Tait)
Stourbridge took one final effort to try and gain advantage going into half time. A final shot by Drew Canavan from the edge of the box ended up going wide of the post as half time approached.
HALF TIME - STOURBRIDGE 1-1 SPENNYMOOR TOWN
With the second half starting after a 15 minute break, Moors quickly started it the brighter side. Though Stour saw a shot from the edge of the box by Ben Billingham blocked early on, the visitors took the lead when the first shot of the half for them by Andrew Stephenson saw the midfielder’s strike from the edge of the box fly into the top corner to put the visitors in front; could a shock win be on the cards?
GOAL - STOURBRIDGE 1-2 SPENNYMOOR TOWN (52 mins- Andrew Stephenson)
Moors quickly continued their good start to the half with a corner finding the head of skipper, Chris Mason, who headed into Lewis Solly’s arms. The lead didn’t last long as the hosts managed to get the equaliser. A Ben Billingham free kick into the box from 16 yards found the head of Stuart Pierpoint, who managed to nod the ball past Dan Lowson to put the hosts back into it.
GOAL - STOURBRIDGE 2-2 SPENNYMOOR TOWN (65 mins- Stuart Pierpoint)
Not 5 minutes after the equaliser, the Glassboys got what was possibly the winner when a ball into Justin Richards saw the striker’s volley from 15 yards fly past Dan Lowson to give the hosts a lot more hope of another good Cup Run!
GOAL - STOURBRIDGE 3-2 SPENNYMOOR TOWN (68 mins- Justin Richards)
The visitors continued to battle on and had a great chance to equalise when a shot from close range by Lewis Hawkins was dealt with well as it was caught by Lewis Solly. The visitors also had a good chance towards the end as a shot by Gavin Cogdon following a cross in the box by substitute Nathan Fisher was headed over the bar. Despite their efforts, it wasn’t enough as the hosts found a fourth, moments before the end. A cross in the box by Tyree Clark found Mark Wright, who managed to tap the ball in from a couple of yards past Dan Lowson inside a crowded box to seal the victory and a spot in Monday afternoon’s First Round Proper draw.
GOAL- STOURBRIDGE 4-2 SPENNYMOOR TOWN (88 mins- Mark Wright)
FULL TIME- STOURBRIDGE 4-2 SPENNYMOOR TOWN
Spennymoor team 1. Lowson 2. Griffiths 3. Mason 4. Kerr 5. Tait 6. Watson 7. Stephenson 8. Hawkins 9. Henderson 10. Frost 11. Cogdon
Spennymoor subs 12. Fisher 14. Risbrough 15. Moore 16. Johnson