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Tadcaster Albion 1st August 2015

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Spennymoor Town came from behind to win their first pre season friendly at North East Counties League side Tadcaster Albion thanks to a Shane Henry bullet of a free kick and two clinical finishes from a trialist striker.

Moors had drawn two and lost three of their previous five friendlies against Bolton Wanderers, Hartlepool United, North Shields, Middlesbrough and Guisborough Town, and with the season opener at Glossop North End two weeks away, Moors stepped up their game with a hard fought win in Yorkshire.

The game kicked off in torrential rain but a superbly prepared pitch made the conditions perfect with the hosts coming out on top as they opened the scoring in the 8th minute when Moors failed to clear their lines and the ball was played back into the area for James Beadle to strike a shot that took a deflection and crept over the line despite the wrong footed Dan Lowson getting a hand to the ball by pushing it onto the post. It was no more than Albion deserved as they went close moments earlier when Josh Greening broke away but curled his shot inches wide of the far post.

The best chances for Moors came to Liam Henderson who twice fired straight at the Albion keeper, before he saw another effort well saved when a goal looked a certainty after positive build up play.  Moors were slowly getting on top and got their rewards in the 23rd minute when Anthony Peacock was fouled by Matt Heath just outside the area and Henry lashed the free kick over the wall and into the top corner to restore parity.

Moors were now dictating and looked a real threat going forward and it was no surprise they went ahead five minutes later when the trialist striker beat the offside trap to coolly dink the ball over keeper Gary Stevens into the back of the net. The lead was stretched moments later when again the trialist front man got away and fired into the bottom corner for an exquisite finish.

Moors then suffered a major blow when Liam Henderson was rushed to hospital following a clash with Heath that left the Moors talismanic striker with a deep cut above his eye that required surgery. Nathan Fisher came on to join the attack.

The all action first half was completed two minutes before the break when Albion pulled a goal back as Moors trialist full back conceded a free kick to the right of the penalty area and a teasing free kick was sent in for Heath to power a header into the roof of the net.

Moors also lost Andrew Stephenson with a dead leg at half time so Robert Briggs started the second half which didn’t live up to the tempo or action of the first forty five minutes.

Moors best chance fell to Fisher who dragged a shot wide, and a brilliant run by Henry saw him kick fresh air inside the area before the home side went in search for the equaliser. Beadle fired a thunderbolt that struck the post and Greening fired wide with just Lowson to beat. Lowson had earlier come out to smother at the feet of the Albion striker to preserve the one goal cushion.

The game ended with Moors narrow winners but Tadcaster pushed them all the way in a competitive friendly with both sides giving their all on a brilliant surface.

Next up for Moors is their final pre-season fixture against Darlington 1883 on Friday 7th August at the Brewery Field.

Moors Team:

1 Dan Lowson

2 Trialist A (Sub Paul Johnson)

3 Chris Mason (c)

4 Lewis Dodds (Sub Reece Kenney)

5 Joe Tait

6 Steve Capper

7 Andy Stephenson (Sub Robert Briggs)

8 Shane Henry

9 Liam Henderson (Sub Nathan Fisher)

10 Trialist B (Sub James Risbrough)

11 Anthony Peacock

Bolton Wanderers 8th July 2015

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Bolton Wanderers Match Report

By Liam Curry

Pre Season is always a nice way to begin the season. To me, there’s nothing better than watching football in the sun with a nice cold drink and if it’s a midweek game, walking home while it’s still pretty light! Tonight’s game was the very opposite as a horrible, rainy night in Spennymoor hosted the big pre season friendly between Spennymoor Town vs Bolton Wanderers XI…a big night for both Spennymoor and myself.

Aside from this being the first game of the Moors’ 2015-16 campaign, today was my first day working for STFC as a steward, programme seller and even my own section of the programme, something I am proud to be a part of! Today’s game was the first Spennymoor game since the 3-2 defeat away to Darlington 1883, where despite the Moors going 2-1 up at some point, the Bishop based side caught back and defeated Spennymoor 3-2 to advance to the Evo Stik NPL1N Playoff Final, where they beat Bamber Bridge to take promotion to the Evo Stik NPL Premier Division.

Tonight’s game was a big friendly against a Bolton Wanderers XI, a Bolton side who have wasted no time in starting their season. They began their campaign with a 1-1 draw against North West Counties Division side, Atherton Collieries on Saturday and two nights ago on Monday, they earned an impressive 3-1 victory over Northern League Division 1 outfits, Guisborough Town, another side Spennymoor will play during their pre-season campaign.

Bolton’s history is a very interesting one. Founded in 1877 by a local Reverend, the side was one of 12 sides in the inaugural Football League with the likes of Accrington Stanley, Aston Villa, Notts County, Burnley, Blackburn Rovers, Derby County, Everton, Stoke City, Preston North End, Wolves and West Brom at their home Brumden Park, a stadium they graced for over 100 years before moving to the Macron Stadium in 1997. Some ex Bolton players from a range of different countries include El-Hadji Diouf, Ali Al-Habsi, Le Chung Yong, Jay Jay Okocha and Radhi Jaidi and the club have kickstarted careers the likes of Jack Wilshere, Gary Cahill and Daniel Sturridge who all have very successful careers with the Top 5 sides in the Premier League. Though the club are now a Championship outfit side, they have enjoyed some amazing achievements, such as reaching the Last 16 of the UEFA Cup in 2008, finishing a record 6th in the Premier League in 2005, winning the FA Cup in 1958 thanks to a Nat Lofthouse brace against Manchester United and 2004 League Cup Runners Up against Middlesborough.

The club now led by Neil Lennon will one day hope to return to the Top Flight and the squad of mostly youths appearing at the Brewery Field this evening will be hoping to be part of that squad if they make it.

So after coming through from Darlington and having to dodge some traffic, I made the Brewery Field for 7:10pm, meeting numerous other club staff and sold some programmes before the game. The new look programme was very good and I was honoured to be listed in the first page as the match day team and have my own introduction introducing myself to Spennymoor and away fans I had not met\spoken to. I then made to the stand as kick off signalled the beginning of Spennymoor’s season. Moors had started keeper Dan Lowson, striker Glen Taylor and defender Jordan Robinson on their debuts and Jason Ainsley also started 3 trialists (2 defenders and a striker) as well as another two trialists on the bench and winger Reece Kenney, who was recently promoted to the first team squad from the Reserves. The game started slow and both sides saw an equal amount of possession. Both sides passed the ball well and Bolton went close twice in the first 10 minutes with short range strikes from the Bolton forwards well saved by debutant Dan Lowson, signed from West Auckland Town in June.

Moors also went close in the first 10 minutes when a Moors trialist drilled a long range shot narrowly wide of the post.  Bolton’s no 11 perhaps had the best chance for a goal in the early going when a one on one opportunity with Dan Lowson saw the powerfully executed shot saved by former Alfreton Town keeper Lowson with his knees! Spennymoor went close when a long range shot from Gavin Cogdon saw the ball out for a corner, which following a squabble was cleared off the line well by the Bolton defence. The focus then shifted on Bolton’s no 9, Rob Holding for a while. Holding took what looked to be a goal from near the penalty area but ended up sending a close range opportunity straight into the stand, where most people trying to warm up and get out of the rain were! Needless to say, the youngster looked slightly embarrassed and kept shaking his head at the fluffed attempt but he did make up for it by giving a young Bolton side the lead in the 43rd minute. With a ball in from midfielder Conor Wilkinson to provide the assist, Holding drilled home a low but powerful shot from just outside box to get the first goal at the Brewery Field in the 2015-16 season.

GOAL- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 0-1 BOLTON WANDERERS XI (43 mins- Rob Holding)
HALF TIME- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 0-1 BOLTON WANDERERS XI

After half time where I did a couple of jobs for fellow stewards at the club, the game got back into action as Spennymoor, with numerous half time changes, looked relatively stronger than in the first half. They wasted no time in trying to dominate the second half when they scored at 48 minutes. Former Gateshead, Darlington 1883 and Chester Le Street striker, Nathan Fisher sent a powerful but low shot similar to Bolton’s first goal right in the bottom right hand corner to make the scores Even Stevens.

GOAL- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 1-1 BOLTON WANDERERS (48 mins- Nathan Fisher)

Focus then shifted on Andrew Stephenson, the former Durham City midfielder who some, including myself would say was the best player of Spennymoor’s campaign last season. A cross in the box firstly saw ‘Stevo’ hit the top of the stand with a flying long ball. He did it again when another ball in saw it go flying again and finally, a rather desperate Stevo sent a close range header narrowly wide. Following a minor foul in a dangerous area, Moors took the lead and went 2-1 up twelve minutes after the last goal when a free kick, in a similar position as the Bolton free kick on the first half, was powerfully shot by Kallum Griffiths to give the home side the lead with a an excellent goal!

GOAL- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 2-1 BOLTON WANDERERS XI (60 mins – Kallum Griffiths)

The two quick fire goals slightly shocked Bolton, who throughout the game were a very strong and tough side. They also wasted no time in returning when after a rather quiet 20 minutes, Kayne Woolery found the end if a good through ball to beat the Spennymoor keeper.

GOAL- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 2-2 BOLTON WANDERERS XI (78 mins- Kayne Woolery)

FULL TIME- SPENNYMOOR TOWN 2-2 BOLTON WANDERERS XI

Attendance 260

Darlington 1883 29th April 2015 Evo-Stik Play Off Semi Final

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Spennymoor Town’s season is over after a thrilling game with Darlington 1883 in the Play-Off Semi-Final that saw Moors come from behind to lead with just twelve minutes left, before two late goals sealed the tie for the home side in front of a near 2,000 crowd.

The first chances were to Darlington. Gary Brown crossed from the byline, Nathan Cartman dummied but Armstrong’s effort was mis hit, and a Cartman shot on the turn was narrowly over from 18 yards, before the game stepped up a level.  Andrew Stephenson hit the crossbar after quick footwork in the penalty area, and then Nathan Fisher was off inches off target with the keeper to beat from 18 yards after a quick breakaway by Gavin Cogdon.  But deep into injury time Darlington took the lead when Brown got to the byline again and delivered a pinpoint cross for Armstrong to powerfully head home.

Moors keeper Gareth Young had no chance of stopping the diving header, and in the early stages of the second half Armstrong went close again with a shot from distance, But thereafter Moors were on top, Quakers struggling to keep possession.  Striker Liam Henderson had a flicked header saved by Jameson, while Fisher was unfortunate with a shot on the turn that drifted narrowly over, but on the hour they got a deserved leveller.

Joe Tait scrambled home after Spennymoor’s fourth corner of the half, awarded after home keeper Peter Jameson fumbled the ball at the previous corner.  The keeper made a fine one-handed save from Stephenson, but Quakers couldn’t clear and Tait netted at close-range.

Moors sent on Michael Roberts for Fisher, and the momentum was with Spennymoor especially when Roberts scored with an exquisite finish.  His sharp turn on the corner of the penalty area was followed by a weighted finish over Jameson with 14 minutes to go, sparking a thrilling climax.

The onus was on Darlington to respond, so Gray sent on Hatch as Quakers waited to take a corner, their first of the half, and the sub immediately headed home Terry Galbraith’s delivery.  After two goals inside three minutes, right-back Kallum Griffiths was inches away from the goal of his life. He turned Adam Mitchell and unleashed a perfectly-hit volley from 40 yards which whacked off the crossbar.

It would have been a remarkable way to win any game, but there was still time for an explosive finish and it came thanks to Dowson’s composure.  Armstrong broke down the left and rolled the ball back to the sub, who squeezed a shot under the keeper at the near post.

Line-Up:

1 Young, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Johnson, 7 Stephenson (Capper), 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Fisher (Roberts), 11 Cogdon(Ward).

Subs Not Used:

Briggs, Groves.

Att: 1987

Burscough 25th April 2015 Evo-Stik Div. 1 North

Sunday, April 26th, 2015
Spennymoor Town needed a last minute equaliser from Ian Ward to finish their league season with a draw against Burscough ahead of their Play-Off Semi-Final showdown with North East rivals Darlington on Wednesday night.
Moors boss Jason Ainsley fielded a much changed team and for much of the game were second best against mid table Burscough who travelled up to County Durham with the bare eleven. Skipper Eddie Toner tried his luck from outside the area but Keeper Gareth Young held, then the Moors stand-in stopper went full stretch to hold a Will Jones glancing header from a right wing centre.
Moors huffed and puffed with some jinking runs from winger John McReady but each time there was no end product to their build up play. Ward went close with a shot on the turn but his effort struck team mate Dan Groves on the line, and it was a closest they came with visiting keeper Calvin Hare a mere spectator.
The second half in truth didn’t get any better, and with Burscough just shading it, they took the lead in the 61st minute when Jones got in between Young and the Moors defence to head into an empty net following a superb floated cross from the right.
But Moors kept going and levelled in the last minute when the Burscough keeper spilled a Robert Briggs free kick, and Ian Ward pounced head home from close range to give Moors their third successive draw.
“It was a very poor, typical end of season game with nothing to play for, but it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know already. We’re just looking forward now to a fantastic occasion on Wednesday.”Line-Up:

1 Young, 2 Groves, 3 Mason, 4 Briggs, 5 Johnson, 6 Capper, 7 McReady (Sub Roberts), 8 Dodds, 9 Ward, 10 Cogdon, 11 Peacock.

Subs Not Used:

Henderson, Fisher, Henry, Griffiths.

Att: 427

Radcliffe Borough 18th April 2015 Evo-Stik Div. 1 North

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Spennymoor Town picked up the required point which guarantees 5th place and ensures they will be participating in the end of season play-offs. Moors have now set up a semi-final tie with either Salford City or Darlington 1883 and team manager Jason Ainsley said:

“The conditions at Radcliffe weren’t conducive to playing good football, but again there were fine lines between scoring and not scoring,” he said. “Nathan Fisher hit the post with a good effort, while Liam Henderson scored but was flagged offside.

“But at least we got the point we wanted, and now we’ve kept clean sheets in each of our last two games.

“I don’t think any of the other teams will fancy playing us in the play offs, we’re quite capable of playing some good football. Plus there’s no pressure on us, knowing that we’ve reached one of our objectives for the season.”

It was a good start made by Spennymoor as they went close through Michael Roberts who broke into the area but instead of making Boro keeper Chris Cheetham work he chose to pass and the opportunity went.

Fisher then almost fired the Moors ahead with a curling shot from the edge of the area but the ball struck the base of the post.

On a hard bobbly pitch it was difficult for either side to produce any conductive football and it was no surprise the ball spent most of the time out of play.

Shane Henry then blazed over before Steve Foster went close for Radcliffe.

Into the Second half and again it was a positive start by Spennymoor but for all their build up play they had no rewards as sub Cogdon went close with a header, Henderson had the ball in the back of the net but the assistants flag was raised for offside before Henderson again went close with a shot that flashed wide of the post following excellent work by Cogdon.

There was a few nervous moments at the end for Moors with Boro looking for the winner but debutant keeper Gareth Young wasn’t troubled, and the result means Moors can’t finish any higher than fifth because they are four points behind Bamber Bridge with just one game left, and likewise they can’t be caught by Scarborough and Mossley.

Line-Up:

1 Young, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Tait, 5 Johnson, 6 Capper, 7 Briggs (Sub Dodds), 8 Henry, 9 Henderson (Sub McReady), 10 Fisher, 11 Roberts (Sub Cogdon).

Subs Not Used:

Groves, McHugh.

Att: 210

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