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Bishop Auckland 13th September 2014 FA Cup Q1

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Spennymoor Town progressed into the 2nd Qualifying Round of the F.A.Cup thanks to a second half winner from substitute Michael Roberts. Moors twice held the lead but were pegged back by a spirited Bishop Auckland side looking for a giant killing act on their higher ranked visitors.

Moors made one change to the team that beat Brighouse Town in midweek as Andrew Stephenson replaced James Armstrong, and Spennymoor got off to a perfect start by taking the lead in the first ten seconds. Top scorer Liam Henderson picked up a pass from Bishop defender Ben Riding to run through and fire past Scott Pocklington. Gavin Cogdon then went close but his effort was blocked by the legs of Pocklington.

The home side applied some pressure and got their rewards in the 26th minute when Glen Lane crossed from the left and Danny Brunskill got in between Moors defender Paul Johnson and keeper Adam McHugh to glance his header home at the near post.  Bishops perhaps should have gone ahead moments later when sub Adam Sakr got the better of Johnson and raced into the box but he wanted too many touches and McHugh saved at his feet.

Moors however kept their composure and got their noses back in front in the 37th minute through excellent determination by Henderson who closed down Riding’s clearance to slot the ball past Pocklington.
The hosts came out the second half bright and after Chris Lawson headed over from a corner, they deservedly got back on level terms in the 50th minute with a peach of a free kick by Lane. Brunskill was fouled outside the area and Bishop winger Lane curled a delightful shot around the wall and into McHugh’s top right hand corner.  McHugh then kept Moors in it with a superb tip over from Corey Nicholson’s cross cum shot from the right.

Both sides were evenly matched and had chances before Moors got the winner in the 72nd minute as sub Roberts wan onto Henderson’s flick to race away, hold off a challenge from Lawson and he tucked the ball away past Pocklington and book Spennymoor’s place in Monday’s draw for the 2nd Qualifying Round.  Bishop almost forced a replay as in stoppage time McHugh blocked an effort and Brunskill turned and fired inches past the post.

After the game boss Jason Ainsley said; “It was a typical local derby. We got off to a flyer but didn’t kick on. Fair play to Bishop who I thought were excellent on the day and were always a threat. We’re delighted to get through to the next round despite being nowhere near our best. In previous years we would have lost that game. I was delighted that Mikey got the winner as I asked him for a goal and he delivered when it mattered.”



1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 P Johnson, 7 Stephenson, 8 Graydon,

9 Henderson, 10 Cogdon, 11 Peacock.

Subs Used:

McAndrew on for Peacock

Roberts on for Graydon

Armstrong on for Cogdon

Subs Not Used:

A Johnson, Groves, Capper, Hayes.

Att: 643

Brighouse Town 9th September 2014 Evo-Stik Div.1 North

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Spennymoor Town bounced back to winning ways with an emphatic victory at Brighouse Town on Tuesday night. Whilst Moors have failed to score at home this season, they have hit the net nine times on their travels to make it three wins from three on the road to sit in 5th position in the Evo-Stik league division one north.

Moors handed a debut to former Sunderland and Hull City midfielder James Armstrong, and welcomed back skipper Chris Mason and striker Gavin Cogdon to the team that was held by leaders Salford City on Saturday.

Brighouse started the game on the front foot and forced Moors keeper Adam McHugh to tip over a shot, then after the home side forced three corners in succession, Spennymoor broke away and scored the opening goal in the 13th minute. Cogdon’s cross was headed down by Armstrong for Lewis Dodds to shoot at goal; it was collected by Liam Henderson who fired past Brig keeper Jacob Giles from 6yds.

Moors enjoyed more possession and created further chances, Henderson picked up a pass from Cogdon and struck a first time shot past the post with Giles motionless, then the goal scorer glanced a header wide from a flowing move.

Moors went even closer as a Kallum Griffiths corner was met by Paul Johnson who watched his header hit the woodwork. At the other end, the ever alert McHugh then pulled off a good save to deny the home side, and on the stroke of half time Spennymoor doubled their lead through Mason’s 30yd screamer that beat Giles all ends up for an early goal of the season candidate. It was the perfect tonic to the end of a good half from Moors following the frustrating stalemate on Saturday.

Brig came out the second half all guns blazing and forced two early corners before pulling a goal back when Isaac Baldwin evaded a last ditch tackle from Griffiths to fire a low shot past McHugh into the corner on 50 minutes.

Moors were rattled at this point, but nevertheless reinstated their two goal cushion when Cogdon fired through the legs of Giles from an acute angle. The three points were as good as safe in the 67th minute when Moors scored their fourth through Dodds who tapped home after good work by Henderson sent Peacock into the area and he unselfishly picked out Dodds to score.

Brig were still searching for another goal and put the Spennymoor goal under pressure as Ernest Boafo headed wide, then Moors keeper McHugh was fouled under his crossbar by a home defender.

Moors had brought on all three substitutions and were content to soak up the pressure when Johnson blocked an effort and McHugh comfortably saved a free kick, but Moors finished the game strong and had chances themselves and deservedly take all three points back home to County Durham with an impressive win.


1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Johnson, 7 Armstrong, 8 Graydon, 9 Henderson, 10 Cogdon, 11 Peacock.

Subs Used:

Capper on for Peacock

Archer on for Armstrong

A Johnson on for Henderson

Subs Not Used:

Groves, Roberts

Att: 267

Salford City 6th September 2014 Evo-Stik Division 1 North

Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Spennymoor Town are still searching for both their first goal and first win of the season at The Brewery Field following a controversial stalemate at The Brewery Field against table toppers Salford City.
Moors had a 90th minute winner disallowed by referee Mick McDonough who over ruled his assistant as Joe Tait’s goal was controversially chalked off for offside, much to the fury of the home players, officials and supporters.
In truth it was a game neither side deserved to lose and the 724 crowd were treated to a superb afternoon of football displayed by both teams, but it leaves Moors with a bad after taste following the decision which leaves them still looking for their first home goal of the season in the evo-stik league.
Moors handed a début to goalkeeper Adam McHugh and with Chris Mason and Stephen Capper both unavailable, Dan Groves was recalled to play in an unfamiliar left back position, Paul Johnson also played his first game since the defeat to Darlington 1883 and Andrew Stephenson replaced the injured Craig Lynch from the team that beat TadcasterAlbion last weekend in the F.A.Cup.
McHugh was called into action early on as he beat out a fierce shot from former Manchester United player Danny Webber, but Moors slowly turned the screw and got on top. Liam Henderson came close to opening the scoring when his snap shot from 18yds was brilliantly pushed around the post at full stretch by City keeper Jay Lynch.
Lynch was again in the thick of the action when he saved with his feet from Lewis Dodds who got on the end of a teasing low cross from Kallum Griffiths on the right hand side.  Moors continued to pressure the visitors and it almost paid dividends when Lynch’s poor clearance fell to Anthony Peacock but the schemer’s ambitious lob from distance went wide with the City keeper racing back to his empty goal.  Both sides then had Penalty appeals waved away as first City striker Webber went over under a challenge from Tait, then Johnson was booked from a Keith Graydon corner as he was bundled down by a visiting defender.  McHugh then saved from Sam Madeley and Jamie Rother shot over as the half time whistle approached.
Salford started the second half the brighter and almost went ahead when Gareth Seddon had a header cleared off the line by Groves, then at the other end Stephenson had a half chance for Moors when he got on the end of Henderson’s flick but his shot struck the outside of the post. Moors then suffered a blow when John McReady was stretched off with a dislocated shoulder and this forced Manager Jason Ainsley into his first change by bringing on Michael Roberts.
With the game swinging from end to end, Seddon then crashed a header off the woodwork, and moments later flashed a shot wide of McHugh’s right hand post.  Henderson went close again for Spennymoor as he met sub Roberts’ pull back but could only fire wide, before Webber forced McHugh to save at the second attempt following a rasping shot from 16yds.
Moors put on a late rally as Henderson fired over before the late drama unfolded with Tait diverting sub Lee McAndrew’s shot from the edge of the area past the wrong footed Lynch to send the crowd into euphoria, until McDonough awarded a free kick to City for offside despite the linesman not flagging and awarding the goal. There was still time for the visitors to carve out an opportunity but thankfully Madeley fired inches past the post from the edge of the area.  It ended all square and Moors more than matched the league favourites and on another day could have won the game.
McHugh, 2 Griffiths,3 Groves, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Johnson, 7 McReady, 8 Graydon, 9 Henderson, 10 Stephenson, 11 Peacock.
Subs Used:
Roberts on for McReady
Archer on for Graydon
McAndrew on for Stephenson
Sub Not Used:
Cogdon, Johnson.
Att: 724

Tadcaster Albion 30th August 2014 FA Cup Preliminary Round

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.

Subs Used:

Roberts on for Lynch.
McAndrew on for McReady.
Groves on for Graydon.

Subs Not Used:

Cogdon, P Johnson, A Johnson, Hayes.

Att: 237

Ossett Town 25th August 2014

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Spennymoor Town bounced back to winning ways with a 3-1 away win at Ossett Town on Bank Holiday Monday. Moors had to come from behind as Joe Tait, John McReady and Stephen Capper cancelled out Ossett’s 17th minute opener by Chris Wood.
 Moors made two changes to the team that was held by Prescot Cables just 48 hours earlier as Kallum Griffiths and McReady replaced Dan Groves and Lee McAndrew.  The game kicked off with both defences on top although Spennymoor edged the possession and went close as Andrew Stephenson fired over a free kick following a foul on Liam Henderson.  Ossett took the lead when Boardman’s shot was deflected out for a corner by Lewis Dodds and from the resulting corner kick Moors keeper Kyle Hayes’ weak punch was met by Wood who looped a header over and over the line despite Moors attempting to clear.
 Moors then regrouped and in the 26th minute McReady released Gavin Cogdon into the area but he blazed over from a good position.  Henderson then went close on the half hour as he met Stephenson’s corner but his header went into the ground and bounced over the woodwork.  Spennymoor were level in the 40th minute through Tait who grabbed his first goal for the club when he tapped home following a goalmouth scramble. It was a fully deserved equaliser by the Moors who went close moments later as Anthony Peacock sent Cogdon clear with just the keeper to beat hut he fired wide of the post.
 Moors had the wind in their sails and took the lead on the stroke of half time when McReady won possession in his own half and ran at the home side to pick out Henderson and the Moors number nine returned the ball for McReady to fire home for a great counter attacking goal.  Ossett started the second half on the front foot looking to get back in the game, although Moors had the ball in the back of the net through sub Michael Roberts from Henderson’s flick on but the linesman’s flag was up for offside.
 Henderson then shot wide of the left hand post from 18yds following good work by Tait and McReady.  The game slowly degenerated into a midfield tussle, and Ossett were asking questions of the Moors defence by pumping long balls into the area which the visitors had to deal with including a penalty appeal for Ossett which was turned away, before Moors stretched their lead in the 86th minute when Roberts crossed to the far post which the keeper Dixon fumbled and Capper was on hand to smash the ball home into the back of the net.  Two minutes later and Ossett were reduced to ten men following an unsavoury challenge by Holt on Henderson, and with a man extra Moors were allowed to play more football and hold possession to see the game out, and end deserved winners on a testing surface.
1 Hayes, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 McReady, 8 Stephenson, 9 Henderson, 10 Cogdon, 11 Peacock.
Subs Used:
Roberts on for Cogdon
Lynch on for Peacock
P Johnson on for McReady
Subs Not Used:
McAndrew, Archer.
Att: 204

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