EBAC Northern League Champions Spennymoor Town ended their home fixtures with a routine 3-0 win over ten men Sunderland RCA on Tuesday night.
The result ensured Moors went the whole season unbeaten at home and totalled 100 points for the fourth time in five seasons. Moors have one game to play and will be keen to stretch the unbeaten run to 24 games as they bring the curtain down on a splendid promotion season.
Jason Ainsley made eight changes to the team that sealed the title on Saturday which included handing first starts to Danny Lambert and Daniel Dillon and they went close on numerous occasions in the early stages through Lambert, Daniel Taylor and Stephen Capper.
Moors opened the scoring midway through the first half when Lewis Dodds controlled a long pass by Wayne Phillips to fire a shot with the outside of his boot beyond RCA keeper Jonathan Carmichael.
Two minutes later and the lead was doubled as Gavin Cogdon saw a shot deflected beyond the RCA keeper for his 20th goal of the season.
RCA were given a mountain to climb as Gavin Barton was handed a straight red card for an alleged elbow on Dodds, as the RCA captain earlier escaped punishment for twice elbowing Alex White with the Moors defender having to change his blooded shirt.
The second half was non-existent as Moors never had to get out of second gear, but they went close through a good run by Lambert who cut inside but fired over.
The result was completed in the latter stages by Capper who had earlier moved into midfield and he ran onto sub Liam Henderson’s pass to coolly lift the ball over the diving Carmichael and into the net.
Moors play their final game of the season and their last in the Northern League on Saturday at Guisborough Town.
Jeffries, Groves (Walton), White, Dodds (Henderson), Laws, Capper, Lambert, Dillon, Taylor, Cogdon, Phillips.
Subs Not Used:
Graydon, Griffiths, Archer.
Referee: Mr Chris Ellis (Durham FA)