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Harrogate RA 26th January 2015 Doodson Sports League Cup R3

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Spennymoor never recovered from a three goal blast in the first 16 minutes as they went out of the Doodson Sport Cup at Harrogate RA on Monday night.

Harrogate took the lead against a second string Moors on 6 minutes when Jesus Martin-Farina finished off a good move, and then he scored the second four minutes later after a corner was headed down to him. And he completed his hat trick by the 16th minute from the spot after he had been brought down by Reece Kenney. Worse was to follow for Moors just on halftime when Rob Youhill ran from the halfway line and beat David Atkinson.

Moors improved in the second half, after Michael Roberts beat four men and hit the bar; they pulled a goal back on 71 minutes through from sub Reece Brown.

However, hopes of a comeback were dashed when Dan Hickey found plenty of space to score the fifth with seven minutes left.

Line-Up:

1 Atkinson, 2 Groves(c), 3 Gibson, 4 G Brown, 5 Clarke, 6 Willis, 7 Lynch (sub R Brown), 8 Kenney, 9 Ward, 10 Roberts, 11 McReady.

Sub not used: McKenna.

Att: 84

New Mills 24th January 2015 Evo-Stik Div. 1 North

Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Spennymoor Town moved into the play off positions for the first time this season after a narrow 1-0 victory over lowly New Mills at The Brewery Field.  Moors were without the suspended Joe Tait, meanwhile new signing Robert Briggs wasn’t fit enough to make the bench.
It was a quiet start to the game, the best chance of the opening fifteen minutes was when New Mills full back James Moss volleyed across the face of goal from a right wing free kick.  Moors started to create chances. Nathan Fisher fired over from 20 yards, then a poor clearance by Mills keeper Aaron Ashley ran straight to Andrew Stephenson, whose return chip went wide.  Moors’ best chance was on 20 minutes when Liam Henderson charged down a clearance, beat three defenders on a run into the box, but pulled his left foot shot wide.  Moors had another chance when Kallum Griffiths crossed into the box and the ball ran for Fisher six yards out, but keeper Ashley did well to block his shot with his chest.
Moors opened the scoring on 40 minutes. Stephenson got away down the right and pulled the ball back into the middle where Fisher’s shot was pushed on to the post, and the ball was half cleared as far as Andrew Stephenson, who hit a low right foot shot into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
Stephenson should have got another at the start of the second half. Fisher again exploited the space down the Moors right and pulled the ball back into the middle, and from ten yards out, Stephenson weakly sidefooted wide.
Lewis Dodds had a piledriver touched over by Ashley, and sub Michael Roberts curled a left foot shot just wide. New Mills keeper Ashley then saved at the foot of the post from Henderson, before skipper Chris Mason planted a free header over the top.
New Mills nearly levelled though with a low shot by Matthew Landregan that Adam McHugh pushed around the post, and then the same player was just wide with a free kick in stoppage time.  Moors were always in control despite not getting out of second gear and Roberts could have made the scoreline more respectable but he blazed over right at the death.  But nevertheless, Moors have only lost twice in their last 18 matches, and now they’re aiming to stay in the play off places.
Moors boss Jason Ainsley said; “It was a great goal from Stevo, but we couldn’t kill New Mills off. We created a lot of chances, more than in each of the last three or four games, and we could have scored five or six.
“But on the other hand, it could have been 1-1, because they came close late in the game.
“However, we’ve picked up three points, kept a clean sheet and we’ve won three in a row since we lost at Scarborough, when some people thought the world had caved in. We have to make sure that we keep on the shirt tails of the chasing pack.”
Line-Up:
1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Johnson, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Fisher (sub Roberts), 11 Peacock (sub McReady).
Subs Not Used:
Cogdon, Ward, Groves.
att: 443

Burscough 19th January 2015 Evo-Stik Div.1 North

Monday, January 19th, 2015

By Ray Simpson

 

Spennymoor Town won their first away game for three months when they won 1-0 at Burscough on Saturday.

Moors hadn’t won on their travels since October 14th when they beat Lancaster 4-1, but a Shane Henry free kick gave them all three points from their trip to Lancashire.

“It wasn’t a great performance, but we’ll take the three points and a clean sheet, they keep us well in touch with the leading group,” said manager Jason Ainsley. “Plus, taking the Northwich win into account last Saturday, that’s six points we’ve collected in a week.

“Shane’s goal was superb, he hit the ball well from the edge of the box, but I was disappointed that we didn’t kill the game off in the second half after they had a man sent off.

“We made some silly mistakes in key areas, and we put some unnecessary pressure on ourselves. Adam McHugh made a great save near the end when Burscough were trying to get back into the game. We ground out a result, which is unusual for us.

“But overall I was delighted with the victory; it’s our first away from home since October. We’ve dropped too many points away from home, especially in recent weeks at Scarborough and Ossett Albion.

“We can still push our way into the play off places. We made ground on some of the teams above us, such as Scarborough, Droylsden and Farsley. We must keep winning matches and keep the pressure on.”

Moors worked hard, but didn’t possess much of their usual flair. There weren’t many chances in a tight game, and Moors made the best of a set piece just before half time.

Burscough were penalised for a foul on Anthony Peacock on the edge of their own box, and Moors midfielder Shane Henry curled the ball over the wall and into the top corner.

Burscough came more into the game in the second half and had a couple of half chances, but then had defender Ryan Schofield sent off for his second yellow midway through the half.

Moors stayed on top and missed a good chance through sub John McReady to score another, while keeper Adam McHugh pulled off a good save near the end to preserve the three points.

Midfielder Lewis Dodds said; “It was a hard fought win. We were defensively resolute all game. In saying that, we need to create more chances or we won’t be there or thereabouts.”

 

Line-Up:

1 McHugh,2 Griffiths,3 Johnson,4 Dodds,5 Tait (c),6 Capper,7 Stephenson,8 Henry,9 Henderson (sub Ward),10 Fisher (sub Roberts), 11 Peacock (sub McReady).

Subs not used: Clarke.

Att: 129

Northwich Victoria 10th January 2015 Evo-Stik Div. 1 North

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
By Ray Simpson
Back in October, Spennymoor produced their best away performance of the season so far when they won 4-1 at Northwich Victoria – on Saturday they produced their best home performance against the previous joint leaders.
Moors, playing with bagfuls of spirit, won the game with a stoppage time goal by substitute Michael Roberts after playing for more than half the game with only ten men following the red card shown to defender Joe Tait.
Manager Jason Ainsley, who had new assistant manager Anth Smith alongside him on the bench, said; “After Joe’s sending off, one team wanted to win, the other was hoping to win. I thought we coped with the man disadvantage very well, and the players showed a huge amount of character.
“I had no problems with the sending off, but I thought one or two other decisions went against us. We could have had a penalty for a foul on Lewis Dodds that was more blatant than the one we got, and Anthony Peacock said that his effort was over the line.  “We were worried about a sucker punch after they equalised, because we kept pushing for a winner.
“This was a massive three points for us. After the changes we were forced to make, and with all the efforts of the players, we would have been disappointed with a draw. We more than made up for the defeat at Scarborough last week.
“We’ve lost only two league games in the last 15. To some people, the world had collapsed after the Scarborough game. It just goes to show the game is all about fine margins.”
Moors started the game well, and Andrew Stephenson came in from the right and forced Vics keeper John Deasy into a good save at the foot of his post.
In Moors next attack on 7 minutes, Nathan Fisher chased a ball to the goalline with a defender and went down when he was challenged, and to huge understandable visiting protests the referee pointed to the spot, from where Tait tucked the ball into the bottom corner.
Northwich nearly levelled on 16 minutes when the unmarked Michael Roddy found himself in space ten yards out, but keeper Adam McHugh came quickly off his line and blocked.
There was another big talking point on 20 minutes. The hard working Lewis Dodds found space on the right and found Liam Henderson in the box, and the striker laid the ball off for the overlapping Anthony Peacock to beat the keeper from an angle, but a defender managed to scramble the ball off the line, although Moors claimed the ball had gone over.
Moors then had to reshuffle just after the half hour mark. Left back Steve Capper unnecessarily squared the ball midway inside his own half towards Tait, who was beaten to it by Godwin Abadaki. The striker had a yard start on Tait, who unsuccessfully tried to discreetly tug him back once, but when the defender pulled him again, referee Will Finnie awarded a foul and showed Tait a straight red.
Tait had no complaints about the sending off, and admitted that he’d pulled the speedy Abadaki back twice. “I was more annoyed with the ball that Steve Capper played across the back four to me.”
Moors thought they should have had another penalty five minutes later. Dodds made a nuisance of himself in the Northwich box and was clearly barged to the ground by a defender, but the referee waved away Moors’ appeals.
Ainsley kept two men up front for the second half, and his enterprise was eventually rewarded.
Tait’s defensive replacement, Paul Johnson had a header saved, and then Stephenson’s shot was touched around by Deasy.
Moors were caught though just on the hour, when Richard Bennett found tall striker Abou Sanogo running unmarked through the middle, and he took the ball in his stride and slotted it into the corner past McHugh.
Moors didn’t let the equaliser bother them, and took the game to the visitors. Johnson was unlucky to see a diving header go just wide, and an acrobatic Dodds volley from Capper’s cross was well saved by Deasy.
As stoppage time approached, sub Michael Roberts almost got away and a defender got in a saving tackle.
But in the second minute of added time, Moors performed the same move again, and Roberts, with the nearest defender five yards behind, kept cool and fired into the bottom corner to clinch three well deserved points.
Line-Up:
1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason (C), 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson (Ward), 10 Fisher (Roberts), 11 Peacock (Johnson).
Subs not used: Cogdon, McReady.
Att: 457

Ossett Town 1st January 2015 Evo-Stik Div. 1 North

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
Spennymoor Town completed a league double over lowly Ossett Town on New Years Day thanks to a three goal blitz in the opening half from top scorer Liam Henderson, Shane Henry and a goal of the season candidate from Kallum Griffiths.
Moors stretched their unbeaten run in the league to seven games, and with games in hand on the teams above them are in touching distance from the play offs.  Moors named the same side that was held at Harrogate RA on Boxing Day, and following an even start to the game Moors soon got into their stride and opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Anthony Peacock picked out the run of Michael Roberts on the right and he raced into the box and pulled the ball back for Henderson to fire across keeper ChrisBackhouse into the far corner.  The lead was doubled in the 29th minute when Henry curled a delightful 22yd free kick over the two man wall and into the top left hand corner of Backhouse’s goal.
It was all Spennymoor and Backhouse produced two stunning stops to deny them a third when first he got a hand on Lewis Dodds‘ shot from Henderson’s pass inside the area, then he clawed out skipper Chris Mason’s header from Roberts’ corner.
Gavin Cogdon then stung the hands of the Ossett keeper with a drive from the edge of the area but he couldn’t do anything about the crucial third goal on the stroke of half time when full back Griffiths struck a half volley from over 30yds out which sailed over the head of Backhouse and went in off the underside of the bar.  The visitors went close twice in the early stages of the second half when substitute Chris Wood somehow failed to convert from close range, then a shot from Lewis Clarksonwhistled past Adam McHugh’s post.
Moors had chances themselves when Roberts fired a low shot straight at Backhouse, then he superbly intercepted the throw from the Ossett keeper to set up Henderson was was denied by a brave block by the busy Backhouse.
Cogdon then struck the woodwork with a shot from outside the area then Henderson followed up but his effort was cleared off the line.  Substitute Andrew Stephenson cut in from the left but his swerving shot was well held by Backhouse as the game entered the final moments with Moors well in control to deservedly take all three points in front of a 480 Brewery Field crowd.
Moors manager Jason Ainsley, who watched the game from the main stand because of a suspension from the touchline said; “After the first ten minutes, I thought we played some excellent football. There were two brilliant strikes for goals, while their keeper pulled off a couple of worldies.  “We defended well in the second half, and put bodies in our box. I couldn’t fault the effort of our players, especially in a New Year’s Day fixture. The result makes our away draw atHarrogate last week a good result now.”
Line-Up:
1.McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Johnson, 6 Groves, 7 Roberts(sub McReady), 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Peacock(sub Stephenson), 11 Cogdon(sub Fisher).
Subs Not Used:
Ward, Tait.
Att: 480

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