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Darlington 19th August 2014 Evo Div. 1 North

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Spennymoor 0 – 2 Darlington

Spennymoor Town suffered their first taste of defeat in the Northern Premier League Division One as two goals inside the opening half hour by Darlington striker Graeme Armstrong ensured the visitors took home the three points.

Moors named the same side that won at Padiham on Saturday but never got going throughout and Darlington deservedly won the game at a canter which in truth could have easily been more.

In front of a 1,882 crowd the visitors started the brighter side and the early warnings were there when David Dowson flashed a low shot past the far post.

Darlington opened the scoring moments later when Armstrong buried a volley from 18yds into the bottom corner from Gary Brown’s ball in from the right. The visitors were full value for their lead, and Moors keeper Kyle Hayes saved from a long range strike by the advancing Leon Scott.

Moors almost got back in the game when Keith Graydon threaded a delightful ball into Liam Henderson and with just Peter Jameson to beat the Darlington keeper came out on top with a block.

Spennymoor were slowly coming into the game, Jameson ran out of his area to chase a long ball over the visitors defence and he fouled Henderson in the process to receive a yellow card. Graydon’s free kick was then failed to trouble the keeper.

Darlington should have doubled their lead when Dowson broke away down the right and his shot across goal beat Hayes but Dan Groves could only clear into the path of Scott and with the goal at his mercy blazed over the top. However, the visiting fans didn’t have to wait much longer to celebrate as Armstrong flicked on Terry Galbraith’s free kick from the right and the ball nestled into the far corner to double the Darlington lead inside 30 minutes. Spennymoor tried in vain to pull a goal back before the break as Henderson beat Jameson to a high ball but headed wide, then Jameson pushed over a header by Henderson when Lewis Dodds’ shot was blocked.

Darlington started the second half as they did the first on top. Sub Nathan Fisher who had replaced Amar Purewal found space on the left but his shot fizzed past the far post.

Moors responded with Graydon firing a free kick into the side netting after Henderson was fouled outside the area. Armstrong (more…)

Padiham 16th August 2014 Evo-Stik Div 1 North

Sunday, August 17th, 2014
Spennymoor Town kicked off their evo-stik league season with a winning start against Padiham thanks to first half goals from strike partners Michael Roberts and Liam Henderson.
Moors dominated from start to finish and deservedly took home the three points with a superb performance in Lancashire.  Boss Jason Ainsley handed four players their debuts as Joe Tait, Paul Johnson, John McReady and Roberts made the cut in the starting line-up, and from the very first whistle quickly settled down to assert their passing style on a glorious pitch.
McReady had the first chance when he met Henderson’s cross from the left but he volleyed over. Moors went closer moments later when Keith Graydon’s corner kick was struck first time by Tait but his shot was hacked off the line by a Padiham defender.  Graydon tried his luck with a 22 yard free kick which curled over, then Henderson fired inches past the post from McReady’s lay off.
Moors were camped out in the Padiham half and were pushing for the opener their football warranted, and this time Stephen Capper ran onto Anthony Peacock’s pull back but his drive was deflected over by a Padiham player who threw himself in front of the shot.  Capper then turned provider following brilliant link up play with Peacock as his cross fell into the path of McReady who failed to connect fully and the home keeper managed to push the ball around the post.
It was only a matter of time before the opener would come, and in the 29th minute Moors were awarded a penalty. The combination of Peacock and Capper once more bamboozled Padiham with Capper picking out Roberts and right under the nose of the referee he was tripped as he turned and the man in the middle pointed to the spot.  Roberts stepped up to hammer home the spot kick and hand the visitors a deserved lead.
Moors didn’t settle with a one goal lead and went in search for more, Roberts picked up on a poor clearance by the keeper but lost possession as he ran at goal, then Roberts and Henderson combined for Peacock but his shot was blocked inside the area.  The lead was doubled in the 39th minute as last season’s top scorer Henderson was released by McReady and he slotted the ball past the keeper at the near post to send the Moors travelling support into euphoria.  On the stroke of half time Padiham registered their first shot on goal as Louis Mayers struck a wind assisted free kick from 30yds through a crowded goalmouth and Moors keeper Kyle Hayes pulled off a great save low down to his right as he pushed the ball around the post
Moors started the second half on the front foot, defender Johnson was allowed to advance from the back with the ball and he found Roberts who then picked out McReady and he twisted and turned but saw his shot deflected past the post by Henderson.  In the 48th minute, skipper Lewis Dodds crossed from the left and Roberts peeled off his marker and at full stretch volleyed into the side netting.  Johnson was proving to be an assett from set pieces as he twice went close from Graydon’s excellent deliveries, and with Spennymoor making changes Padiham came into the game. Dom Craig headed wide and Mayers saw a low shot on the turned well held by Hayes.  Moors sub Andrew Stephenson jinked his way into the area but his effort was turned around the post by Padiham keeper Davis.
In the final ten minutes, Padiham went close to reducing the deficit as sub Kurt Willoghby cracked a vicious shot from 25yds which Hayes did well to push over. Tait then had to produce a last ditch tackle on Craig after the schemer broke into the box, and Mayers was denied by Hayes with a shot on the turn.
Moors ended the game deserved winners in their opening fixture with an impressive performance, and after the game Manager Ainsley told The Northern Echo, “I thought we played some really good football in the first half, and we deserved to go 2-0 up. We could have had another two or three more.  Padiham had more of a go in the second half, but we still had some good chances. The players all rose to the occasion. The new players are used to playing at a higher level, while the old guard stepped up to the mark. From a defensive and offensive objective they all did what they needed to do.”
Skipper Lewis Dodds, who was handed the armband before kick off, said; “It was a tough game given the wind. I thought first half we played well and they couldn’t deal with our width. They were a physical and fit side which I think we will see a lot in the league this year.  In the second half they changed their formation to stop our attacks from wide, so we ended up closing the back door and trying to keep the ball, which we did well. All in all I was pleased to get off to a winning start and happy with the way we played especially in the first half.”
1 Hayes, 2 Groves, 3 Tait, 4 Dodds, 5 P Johnson, 6 Capper, 7 McReady, 8 Graydon, 9 Henderson, 10 Roberts, 11 Peacock.
Subs Used:
McAndrew on for Peacock
Stephenson on for McReady
Taylor on for Henderson
Subs Not Used:
Lynch, Mason
Att: 194

13th August 2014 Newcastle United XI Friendly

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Spennymoor Town ended their pre season programme on a high following a 4-1 victory over Newcastle United thanks to goals from Gavin Cogdon, Dan Taylor, Craig Lynch and Michael Roberts.
The preparations for Saturday’s opener at Padiham couldn’t have gone any better even with three trialists in the squad, and night got off to a perfect start when Cogdon ghosted in the box to fire home past stranded keeper Freddie Woodman following a mix-up in theToon defence.
Moors played some good stuff and matched their opponents which included two players with Premier League experience in Shane Ferguson and Gael Bigirimana.  The Toon Army got themselves back in the game when Tom Heardman pounced to score from close range when Moors didn’t clear their lines.
The scores remained level until after the break when the game really got into full swing.
Moors sub Dan Groves had to clear off the line after Callum Roberts had rounded the Moors’ trialist keeper, before Spennymoor took the lead when great work by Stephen Capper saw his cross headed home at the back post by former Newcastle striker Dan Taylor.
New signing Craig Lynch then stretched the lead with a towering header into the top corner to finish off a flowing move by LeeMcAndrew and Capper who again provided the assist with another pin point cross.
Newcastle rallied and twice went close through Greg Olley and Jonathyn Quinn but Moors rubbed salt into the visitors wounds by adding a fourth through sub Michael Roberts who ran into the box and from an acute angle curled the ball off the far post and into the back of the net as Moors ended worthy winners on the night.
Trialist,2 Trialist,3 Mason,4 Dodds,5 Tait,6 Capper,7 Stephenson,8 Trialist,9 Taylor,10 Cogdon,11 Lynch.
Subs all used:
Peacock, Groves, Graydon, Griffiths, McAndrew, Archer, Roberts.
Att: 688

Sunderland XI 9th August 2014 Friendly

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Spennymoor Town and a Sunderland XI side played out a thrilling 3-3 draw in the Moors’ penultimate pre-season schedule at The Brewery Field on Saturday.

Moors opened the scoring through Liam Henderson who finished with aplomb after a clever pass from John McReady, and the home side had further chances to extend their lead through Henderson and Michael Roberts who hit the woodwork.

French striker Mikael Mandron restored parity for the visitors before the half time break with a powerful shot from 18yds.

After Dan Groves missed a one-on-one with keeper Max Stryjek, Mandron then put the Black Cats into the lead from the spot in the second half and many predicted the visitors would go on and rack up further goals, however, Spennymoor showed superb spirit to come back and turn the game on its head with two goals in quick succession.

Firstly Anthony Peacock was on hand to score after Henderson was denied by the reflexes of Stryjek, then Roberts broke into the box on the right and his shot was beaten out by Stryjek only into the path of Henderson who finished well once again.

Sunderland once again came up with an equaliser to ensure a draw late in the game when Martin Smith squeezed the ball home into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Moors new signing Craig Lynch who came on in the second half was denied by Stryjek.

Speaking post-match, Sunderland U21 Manager Robbie Stockdale admitted the side started slowly but praised the players for their reaction which saw them come from behind on two occasions.

“It was a very tough game in blustery conditions and overall it was rather disjointed performance – some of it was okay and some of it was poor – but it came at the end of a very tough pre-season.

“Credit to the players because they kept going and they kept probing. We could have won the game but Spennymoor also had a few good chances.

“We will take everything we have learnt from it and take it into the new season which starts against Liverpool in just over a week’s time.”


1 Hayes, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Johnson, 6 Groves, 7 McReady, 8 Graydon, 9 Henderson, 10 Roberts, 11 Peacock.


Subs All Used:

Lynch, Cogdon, Taylor, Stephenson, McAndrew, Jones, Trialist (GK)

Att: 398

Hartlepool United 4th August 2014 Friendly

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Spennymoor Town were brought back down to earth just 48 hours after lifting their first piece of silverware of the season when Hartlepool United won this pre-season fixture at a canter.

Moors made numerous changes to the team which hit Northern League Marske United for six in the Final of the J.R.Cleator Cup but full time Pools had too much in their locker tonight especially ex Middlesbrough and England U20 frontman Jonathan Franks who scored a brace.

Franks set up the first goal midway through the first half when he got into good space inside the area and pulled the ball back for Lewis Hawkins to drill home.  Moors had further scares when Pools twice found themselves in a one on one situation but wasted excellent opportunities.

On the stroke of half time Pools doubled their lead with a controversial penalty after Joe Tait was harshly penalised for a strong tackle on Franks inside the area. Jordan Richards fired home from twelve yards.

Moors were handed a lifeline in the early stages of the second period when the referee awarded a penalty after a Moors player was adjudged to have been pulled back from a corner. Dan Taylor made no mistake firing high to keeper Jonathan Barber’s right to half the lead.

Pools continued to be on the front foot and it was no surprise when they stretched the lead through Franks who struck an unstoppable shot past Kyle Hayes from the edge of the area.  Franks sealed the win with a neat finish after twisting and turning in the area.

Moors sub John McReady then rattled the crossbar after a darting run inside the box but the night belonged to League Two Hartlepool United with an impressive display.


1 Hayes, 2 Griffiths, 3 McAndrew, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 P Johnson, 7 Lynch, 8 Henry, 9 Taylor, 10 Roberts, 11 Cogdon.

Subs All Used:

Peacock, Stephenson, Graydon, McReady, Jones, Trialist.

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