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AFC Telford United 25th October FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Spennymoor Town still fancy their chances of progressing into the first round of the FA Cup despite a controversial and heartbreaking end to their 2-2 draw with AFC Telford United at the Brewery Field on Saturday.

Moors led 2-0 going into stoppage time, during which the Moors’ players were furious with Lancashire referee Ryan Johnson, whom they claimed changed his mind about the amount of time to be added on.  Some Moors players said they were told by the referee that he would play three minutes, but five minutes were announced, and in the end nearly eight were played, during which time Telford scored twice, had another disallowed and Moors had strong penalty claims waved away.

Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley said; “The referee killed us, I really don’t know where he got so much time added on. Even after they equalised, the game continued, and Paul Johnson should have been given a penalty after he was pulled down. The ref made some big mistakes which haven’t helped.

“But the consolation for us is that we have given a Conference club a hell of a fright – it shows how far this club has come in nine years. I thought we looked comfortable at 2-0, and every time we went forward we looked a threat. I said before the game that every player needed to play to his maximum for us to get a result, and that’s what they gave me.

“But now that we’ve had a look at Telford, I don’t think we’ve got anything to fear. Yes, the lads were deflated after the game, but they’ll be up for the replay on Tuesday night. We’ve done very well away from home this season.”

Moors took control with a goal in just the third minute when Steve Capper floated a corner to the far post that skipper Chris Mason volleyed left footed towards goal, and his fellow centre half Joe Tait, following up, tapped the ball past the stranded keeper Jonathan Hedge.

Moors could have had more, as Telford struggled to get back into the game. Kallum Griffiths and Gavin Cogdon both put dangerous crosses into the six yard box begging for somebody to get on the end of them, Steve Capper hit the side netting with a 30 yard free kick, and Liam Henderson sidefooted wide after being set up by Anthony Peacock.

Telford improved after the break, but Moors missed a golden chance to make it 2-0 when Peacock pounced on a mistake by a defender and when he got into the box, pulled the ball back for Cogdon in front of an open goal, but uncharacteristically for him, he side footed into the grateful keeper’s hands.

Telford twice went close through Mike Grogan, but Moors started dreaming of a first round place when they went further ahead on 70 minutes, when Henderson turned in the box, broke through two tackles, and rolled the ball into the bottom corner.

Telford piled forward after that, but Moors defended well for the rest of the 90 minutes.

However, just as the PA announcer revealed that there was a minimum of five minutes left, Sean Cooke crossed from the left for Adam Farrell to glance the ball into the bottom corner.

Sean Clancy thought he’d equalised when he headed in from a yard out, but he was flagged offside, and that seemed to have let relieved Moors off the hook.

But as time seemed to drag on, Telford put the ball into a packed Moors box again, and Grogan found enough space to bring the ball down and blast into the roof of the net past the helpless  Adam McHugh.

Several Moors players sank to the turf in dismay, and they had cause to be even more downcast in the seventh minute of stoppage time when Paul Johnson seemed to be hauled to the floor in the area as he went for a ball in from the right.

When the referee blew his final whistle, he was approached by a frustrated Henderson who queried his timekeeping, and so he showed the striker a second yellow card – which means that he will miss the first round tie if Moors win on Tuesday night.

Midfielder Lewis Dodds said; “When the equaliser went in, that was almost the worst I’ve felt in my career.”

“I asked the referee how long he was going to add on, and he told me three. I don’t know where he got the rest of the time from, because they made their three subs at the same time, and there were no major injuries.

“I’ve never been in such a downhearted Spennymoor dressing room for a long while, but we also feel that Telford have used the biggest get out of jail card ever.”

Line-Up:

1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Cogdon, 11 Peacock

Subs Used:

Roberts on for Cogdon

Paul Johnson on for Peacock

Graydon on for Stephenson

Subs Not Used:

Sayer, McReady, Groves, Atkinson

 

Att: 863

Darlington 1883 21st October 2014 DCC Round 1

Monday, October 27th, 2014

A John McReady hat-trick and a penalty from Nathan Fisher saw Spennymoor Town past a youthful Darlington side in the Durham Challenge Cup on Tuesday Night.

Moors themselves included six reserve team players and three under 18′s, but it was the experience of former Darlington players McReady and Fisher who found the back of the net to see Moors comfortably progress into the second round in front of a healthy 448 crowd.

Spennymoor started much the brighter side and Fisher went close with a snap shot on the left which flew past Mark Bell’s left hand post.
Moors teenage keeper David Atkinson – on his debut – then got down well to hold a shot from Quakers striker William Preston.
With Moors applying the pressure it was no surprise they took the lead in the 23rd minute when Fisher twisted and turned inside the area to fire a low cross thatMcReady turned in from close range.

Moors went close again moments later when the lively Fisher got away into the box but Bell made a superb reaction save to turn the ball around the upright and out for a corner. The resulting flag kick by transfer listed Keith Graydon picked out skipper for the night Paul Johnson who’s downward header bounced inches past the post.

Spennymoor were then awarded a penalty in the 28th minute when McReady was tripped by Matthew Lovegreen as he got to the byline and Fisher stepped up to hammer home the spot kick into the top corner for his first goal in a Moors shirt since signing from tonight’s opponents last week.

Moors were dictating play but the visitors competed well, especially with experienced keeper Bell keeping the score down with another superb save from point blank range as he blocked Fisher’s shot from a teasing Dan Groves centre from the right.
Quakers went close in the early stages of the second half as Lewis Walton just failed to connect at the back post before McReady stretched the home lead in the 49thminute as he forced home at the back post after great work by Reece Kenney on the left, as his cross looped over Bell and under the bar.

McReady then completed his hat-trick in the 57th minute when again Kenney did well in the box to pick him out and he fired beyond Bell to complete the scoring.

Moors sub Peter Brown then sliced wide a half chance when he got on the end of Fisher’s ball into the danger area, before Walton had a golden opportunity for Quakers when he went on a mazy run into the area and showed great skill to dribble his way past the advancing Moors tackles, but he fired high over with just Atkinson to beat.
Both sides made their allocation of substitutes and the game petered out in the swirling wind, but it was Moors who deservedly progressed and stretch the winning run to eight games.

Line-Up:

1 Atkinson, 2 Groves, 3 Jones, 4 Sayer, 5 P Johnson(capt), 6 Willis, 7 McReady, 8 Graydon, 9 Kenney, 10 Fisher, 11 R Brown.

Subs Used:

P Brown on for McReady
Linklater-Johnson on for Kenney
McKenna-Little on for Jones

Subs Not Used:

Leeds (GK)

att: 448

Harrogate RA 18th October 2014 FA Trophy Preliminary Round.

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Spennymoor’s first F.A.Trophy game for nine years ended with a 3-2 win at Harrogate RA, and they now host the winners of Bamber Bridge or Lancaster City in the next round in a fortnight after making it seven wins on the spin following a narrow and hard fought victory in North Yorkshire.

It looked all plain sailing for the Moors after taking a two goal lead into the interval, but three minutes into the second half the hosts halved the lead before Moors once again restored their two goal cushion, and in the last 20 minutes, Harrogate set up a grandstand finish with a goal and really make Moors sweat in the final stages with some dramatic and crucial defending.

On a sticky pitch that sloped from one side to another, the home side started better and almost took an early lead when a corner was met by Harry Coates but his header was blocked on the line by a combination of Kallum Griffiths and keeper Adam McHugh.

Moors slowly got to grips with the surroundings and started to assert pressure on the Railway goal. Anthony Peacock broke on the left, cut inside on his right foot but dragged his shot wide.

Moors went close again as Andrew Stephenson released Michael Roberts with a ball over the top but his attempted lob over keeper Karl Dean went wide of the far post.

It continued to be all Spennymoor, a Stephen Capper run then picked out Stephenson inside the area but his left footed drive went over, before the deadlock was broken in the 15th minute by Shane Henry as he got onto the end of Chris Mason’s flick to control and bury his shot past Dean from 12yds.

Harrogate rarely threatened, and the closest they came was when a free kick by Nathan Cartman was met by Michael Morris but he could only direct his header straight at McHugh.

However, play was mostly in the Railway half with Moors playing their renowned attractive football. Henry almost got his second when he ran onto Griffiths’ throw in to play a one-two with Liam Henderson but Dean pushed over his well driven shot.

Top scorer Henderson notched his 11th of the season in the 27th minute to double the Moors lead with another textbook Spennymoor goal. Stephenson had the ball on the right and he picked out Peacock who played the ball into the Moors number nine on the right hand side of the box and he drilled a low shot across Dean into the bottom corner for a delightful well worked team goal.

It was nearly three a minute later when miscommunication by keeper Dean and Morris allowed Roberts to get a poked shot in but there wasn’t enough power on the ball to go in and Greg Kidd cleared.

The half ended with Moors almost scoring again when Henderson sent over a teasing cross from the right that almost picked out his strike partner Roberts out and Railway were grateful for the half time whistle to come.

Moors replaced Peacock with Gavin Cogdon at the break.

Within three minutes of the second half commencing, Railway got themselves back in the game with a goal as Cartman sent Malachi Farquharson racing at the Moors who backed off and he pulled the trigger with a shot that beat McHugh.

A further three minutes and Spennymoor reinstated the two goal lead with a fine goal on the break. Cogdon won the ball in the Moors half and advanced into the final third to slip the ball through to Roberts who sprang clear to round Dean on an angle, but he kept his composure to run across the six yard box with Railway defenders getting back on the line to fire home.

Harrogate weren’t going out with a whimper and went close as Rob Youhill’s free kick on the right was met by Cartman who headed straight at the well positioned McHugh.

Moors could have wrapped the game up however as Henderson closed down Coates on the edge of the area to win the ball and with just Dean to beat the Railway keeper stood up well to block with his legs.

After Morris volleyed over at the back post for the hosts, Harrogate did get another goal back in the 72nd minute as Cartman curled home a shot from 22yds into the far top corner to set up an exciting finale.

Joe Tait headed a Roberts free kick straight at Dean, then play was switched up the other end of the field with Railway going all out for the leveller. Cartman went close with a free kick that sub Paul Johnson headed over from under the bar, then a game of ping pong in the Spennymoor box ended with two goal line clearances in tense moments.

New signing Nathan Fisher replaced Roberts and he forced Dean into a low save before he beat the offside trap and got into the box and picked out Henderson who had his shot closed down and the final minutes saw Railway pile on the pressure but Spennymoor held on to progress into the next round with a gritty display and stretch their winning run to seven games.

Line-Up:

1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Roberts, 11 Peacock

Subs Used:

Cogdon on for Peacock

Paul Johnson on for Capper

Fisher on for Roberts

Subs Not Used:

Graydon, Sayer

 

Att: 241

Lancaster City 14th October 2014 Evo-Stik Div. 1 North

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The Moors moved into fourth spot of the Evo Stik North Division One after an impressive display in the Lancashire Capital. The evening didn’t start well for the visitors as the journey to the match was frought with traffic delays meaning a late arrival at The Giant Axe Stadium, which in turn led to a shorter preparation time for the game but in the full scheme of things the delay seamed to improve an already confident Moors side rather than hinder them.

The home side who now sit 9th in the table started the game well with Wearing and Taylor posing early threats to the Spennymoor goal with some good movement in the final third, but it wasn’t all one way traffic as Spennymoor found their feet and came into the game, Michael Roberts crashed

a twenty five yard free kick onto the bar with a little help from Hale in the Lancaster goal, just before the half hour the hosts best chance of the game fell to Hunter but his shot was turned round the post by Adam McHugh with Wearing And Taylor involved again.

The home side looked in control as again they breached the Moors back line through Taylor but again McHugh was more than equal to the task, Spennymoor were also now finding opportunities as Kallum Griffiths began to pepper the Lancaster box with superb crosses that were mere inches from his targets of Roberts and Liam Henderson, Anthony Peacock and Stephen Capper also came more and more heavily involved in the later part of the first period as we got a glimpse of what was to come in the second half, on 37 mins the deadlock was broken by Moors frontman Liam Henderson, Andrew Stephenson chased down Kilifin and then went past two more players before sliding in Henderson whose First time shot flew beyond Hale into the bottom corner, Lancaster’s response was swift and Wearing found time in the box but watched as his header went wide of the post, with the game really opening up both clubs were creating chances the best for Spennymoor was a reaction volley from Peacock which went agonisingly wide on 40 mins and then right on halftime Taylor smashed his shot of the base of Mchugh’s post from a tight angle, a terrific half ended with the Moors in the lead.

The visitors doubled their lead in the 51st minute Marshall was adjudged to have handled the ball whilst sliding across the pitch to deny a cut back from Roberts, up stepped Tait to convert the spot kick to strike beyond

Hale’s reach, that’s two in two for him, it seemed to infuse the Moors as they enjoyed a huge amount of possession for the next 20 mins with Peacock,

Capper, Stephenson and Roberts terrorizing the home defence, it was soon 3-0 as Stephenson headed past Hale, 65 mins in Gavin Cogdon made it 4-0, Lewis Dodds played in Roberts down the right hand side and his pin point centre found Cogdon who thumped the ball into the roof of the net, Lancaster made changes but it still wasn’t enough to counter act Spennymoor as they created chance upon chance to improve their advantage, however in the closing stages Lancaster regained some pride as Thomas Wood tapped home in the 87th minute to complete the scoring, a very happy Moors boss Jason Ainsley left the field to the applause of the travelling Moors Casuals and said ” tonight was one of those performances a manager dreams of from his players, we were excellent all over the pitch ” in truth it sets the club up well for Saturday’s tough F.A. Trophy game at Harrogate he added ” each game poses new threats, their striker is our leagues top scorer so we will have to be prepared ”

Line-Up:

1.McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Roberts, 11 Peacock.

Subs Used:

Cogdon on for Henry

Fisher on for Henderson

Graydon on for Roberts

Subs Not Used:

P Johnson, Sayer.

Att: 203

Ashton United 11th October 2014 FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Spennymoor Town are through to the final Qualifying Round of the F.A.Cup following a controversial late winner from Joe Tait. The Moors centre half fired home a 75th minute penalty after substitute Gavin Cogdon was adjudged to have been fouled in the box by Ashton keeper Paul Phillips.
It came at a stage where the visitors were on top in the game but the pendulum swung in Spennymoor’s favour and Tait duly obliged to book Moors’ place in Monday’s draw.
Both sides didn’t settle in the early stages and resorted to long balls. Liam Henderson went close with a header from a Michael Roberts corner but Phillips was positioned well to gather.   Moors had the ball in the back of the net on the 21st minute but the linesman’s flag raised for offside which ended the celebrations prematurely as Anthony Peacock released Roberts into the box and his shot sailed into the far corner.
Moors kept knocking at the door but a resolute Ashton side were proving difficult to break down and came more into the game as the half wore on. Greg Pearson swung over a cross which Adam McHugh pushed over before Ashton had the ball in the back of the net themselves from a corner that was headed in by Jack Higgins but the referee had already blown for a foul on Moors keeper McHugh.  McHugh then saved an effort from Martin Pilkington before James Bennett and Chris Baguley both fired over.
Ashton were on the front foot in the second half, the lively Kayde Coppin cut in from the left and his cross almost crept in at the far post, before substitute Matthew Chadwick went close but had an effort blocked.
Moors keeper McHugh then pulled off a stunning save as Pilkington got away from Chris Mason and Lewis Dodds in the area, and with just McHugh to beat the Spennymoorkeeper stood up and made himself big to save.
It proved pivitol, as Moors were awarded a penalty moments later when Mason’s long ball sent Cogdon chasing with keeper Phillips and when the Moors striker tumbled over from the challenge of Phillips the referee pointed to the spot and cautioned the Ashton keeper.
The keeper almost got his marching orders for dissent as he insisted the contact was outside the area.  Tait had to wait while the dust settled but he remained calm to fire home the penalty and send the Brewery Field crowd into euphoria.
Moors perhaps should have made it two just minutes later when Keith Graydon released Roberts on the right and he broke into the box but his pull back was slid wide by Henderson.
Ashton threw the kitchen sink at Moors in the dying stages for what was a grandstand finish, but Moors dug deep and cleared everything the visitors threw at them, to make it five wins in succession and pocked the £7500 prize money.
Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley said; “It wasn’t a Spennymoor performance of recent weeks. Ashton were very good, and had two outstanding centre halves who didn’t let much past them.

“We started quite well in the first 15 minutes. But then we got drawn into a battle. We were poor football-wise, but we were excellent in terms of battling. It wasn’t a vintage performance, but it was the result that counted. We’re delighted that we’re edging towards the first round.
“We’d love a home draw now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we got Blyth or Shildon.
Spennymoor midfielder Lewis Dodds said; “It was a tough game, possibly the most physical this year. There wasn’t much football played, but we battled for the 90 and got a penalty at the end. The substitutions of Rasher (Keith Graydon) and Tich (Gavin Cogdon) won it for us today, they were brilliant when they came on.”
Line-Up:
McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Roberts, 11 Peacock
Subs Used:
Graydon on for Stephenson
Cogdon on for Peacock
Paul Johnson on for Roberts
Subs Not Used:
Sayer, A Johnson, Groves, Atkinson
Att: 651

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