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Farsley 25th November 2014 Evo-Stik Div.1 North

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

HONOURS EVEN AT THROSTLE NEST

Spennymoor Town travelled home from Farsley with a hard earned and well deserved point from the 5th placed Leeds based club, Jason Ainsley’s side were forced to dig deep yet again as they secured their fourth league point in as many days.

The Moors knew they were in for tough game as Farsley were unbeaten in their last four league and cup games and had won 6 of their 8 games at home in the 1st Division this season. Spennymoor kept faith with the same starting eleven from Saturday but started slowly with the hosts having the better of the early stages, Adam McHugh was called upon and had his hands stung as Priestley tested him and then Kallum Griffiths acrobatically cleared off the line to deny the Yorkshire side and as the half wore on both clubs created more opportunities but it was the home side who broke the deadlock as the Spennymoor defence failed to clear so the ball worked its way to Adam Priestley and he fired past McHugh into the net much to the delight of the home bench.

Not to be deterred the Moors hit back as Stephen Capper’s deep cross was met by Stephenson whose goal bound header was deflected just over the bar and moments later Farsley keeper Tommy Taylor produced the save of the night to deny a sweet volley from skipper Chris Mason and then a goal line clearance again denied Ainsley’s side a deserved leveller.

The halftime break came and went and it looked like Farsley might begin to take control but manager Jason Ainsley introduced Cogdon and McReady for Roberts and Stephenson on 55 mins and with the pace provided by both players it added to the attacking ability of the visitors.

Moors were causing problems down both flanks and from the flank came the equaliser, Gavin Cogdon crashing home from 7 yards after good work involving Fisher and Peacock. It was no more than Spennymoor deserved with half chances for both hosts and visitors missed late on the spoils were shared.

Moors Gaffer Ainsley was delighted with the players attitude and response in the second half and should take credit as the changes he made had a huge effect on the outcome and it may have been more but was happy with a point. The point keeps moors in eighth with games in hand of the surrounding clubs.

Line-Up: 1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Fisher, 10 Roberts, 11 Peacock Subs Used: Cogdon on for Roberts McReady on for Stephenson P Johnson on for Peacock

Subs Not Used: Green, Groves

att: 192

Droylsden 22nd November 2014 Evo-Stik Division 1 North

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Spennymoor Town produced an excellent performance to defeat high flying Droylsden 3-2 at The Brewery Field to make it two wins inside three days following the heroic F.A.Trophy replay win at Leek on Wednesday night. Manager Jason Ainsley made three changes to the team as Stephen Capper, Lewis Dodds and Nathan Fisher came into the starting line-up and on loan Hartlepool United midfielder Kieran Green was named as a substitute.

Moors made a positive start to the game and got their rewards in the 20th minute when Stephen Capper sent in a free kick on the side of the box and Nathan Fisher reacted quickest to stab the ball home at the near post and hand Moors the lead.

Moors went close again as the brilliant Anthony Peacock ran at the Droylsden defence and slid in the overlapping Michael Roberts but his low shot was blocked by the legs of keeper Russell Saunders.

Fisher almost got away but lost his footing on the greasy surface which held up well considering the overnight heavy rain that continued right through the morning of the game, and with Moors dominating, it was no surprise when the lead was doubled in the 33rd minute as Fisher collected the ball inside his own half to dribble his way into the final third and after playing a neat one-two with Peacock his drive was parried by keeper Saunders into the path of Andrew Stephenson who made no mistake from close range firing into an empty net.

Moors registered another opportunity when Stephenson was found in acres of space on the right and he pulled the ball back for Fisher who sliced his shot wide of the far post.

The closest The Bloods came was when Kevin Leadbetter got in behind and lifted the ball over the advancing Adam McHugh but it went wide, then near half time, Cairan Kilheeney volleyed over when a corner wasn’t cleared by the Moors.

Droylsden made a bright start to the second half and were awarded a penalty inside two minutes as Kallum Griffiths tripped striker Ben Deegan leaving referee Paul Newhouse no option but to point to the spot. Kilheeney sent McHugh the wrong way to half the deficit.

This didn’t deter Moors who gladly rolled up their sleeves and after Shane Henry had a shot deflected over the top, the home side reinstated their two goal cushion when full back Griffiths ran onto Henry’s pass to strike a first time shot from outside the area into the bottom corner giving Saunders no chance

It was fully deserved for Moors, but as the game wore on Droylsden piled on the pressure perhaps with fatigue kicking in with Moors long midweek trip to Staffordshire in midweek as the players only arrived back Thursday morning.

Droylsden hit the side netting before Deegan pulled a goal back to set up a grandstand finish as he controlled a high ball int he box, turned and fired a deflected shot past McHugh into the corner of the net.

The Bloods went close again as Kilheeney teed up Shaun Myler who fired over, and Moors almost caught them on the break as sub Gavin Cogdon released Roberts who saw his shot strike the back of Alex Frost and Cogdon then tried a curler but Saunders saved comfortably.

The save of the game arrived when Droylsden were throwing the kitchen sink at Spennymoor, and when the ball made it’s way to the back post and the unmarked Dale Wright, keeper McHugh flung himself bravely at the ball and blocked his effort.

The dying moments saw the Bloods thump balls into the box but Moors defended resolutely and they hung on for an important win to move into eighth position with games in hand.

Line-Up:

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

Subs Used:

Cogdon on for Fisher

Green on for Peacock

McReady on for Stephenson

Subs Not Used:

Groves, P Johnson.

Att: 498

Leek Town Saturday 15th November 2014 FA Trophy Q2

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Spennymoor Town snatched a last gasp equaliser in the 94th minute to send this F.A.Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round tie to a replay on Wednesday night.

Substitute Paul Johnson struck deep into stoppage time to keep Moors in the hat and although they face a tricky replay in Staffordshire, it’s a game Moors can get a result.

Spennymoor started the brighter side and Anthony Peacock saw a shot hit the side netting after he played a one-two with Stephen Capper. Moors took the lead in the 12th minute when Capper played a short corner to Peacock, and when he got the ball back, the Moors number six curled a delightful shot into the top corner. The visitors made it all square in the 20th minute when striker Tim Grice collected a ball into the box and when his shot took a deflection of Capper’s boot; the ball spun over keeper Adam McHugh’s head leaving Liam Shotton a simple task of nodding into an empty net.

Moors however got back on the gas and went back ahead moments later when Shane Henry carved open the Leek defence for Michael Roberts to break away and he made no mistake slotting past keeper Ross Etheridge at his near post. Leek then went close to levelling things up again when Shotton was denied by a fingertip save from McHugh, before the Moors stopper then pushed over a piledriver from Sam Hall, who was later booked for an unsavoury tackle on Peacock.

Peacock recovered and was the catalyst behind the Moors attack, as he went on another superb run to set up Roberts who saw his shot blocked by the keeper.

The second half failed to spring into life until the 69th minute when Leek restored parity once again as Shotton brought down a ball into the box to turn quickly and fire into the bottom corner. It was coming and Leek went ahead for the first time with ten minutes remaining when Matt Bell’s free kick was met at the back post by Grice who fired home with Moors motionless inside the area.

As the game entered the dying stages, Leek sub Andrew Kinsey was sent off for dissent and with one last attack, Moors scored a dramatic equalise when Capper ran onto Gavin Cogdon’s threaded pass into the area and he pulled the ball back for Johnson to lash home.

‘The performance was a lot better than last week’s’ said Ainsley. ‘I was pleased that the players kept going and didn’t let their heads drop when they went behind. Paul came on as a sub and scored a beauty, but that’s the way things seem to be at the moment. We’re conceding some easy goals, while we have to work hard at the other end. We’re suspect against set plays and balls into our box at the moment, and we need to tighten up.”

 

Line-Up:

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

Subs Used:

Cogdon on for Fisher

McReady on for Stephenson

Johnson on for Peacock

Subs Not Used:

Groves, Atkinson.

Att: 361

Bamber Bridge 8th November 2014 Evo-Stik Div.1 North

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Spennymoor Town suffered their heaviest defeat of the season after they were thumped 6-1 at The Brewery Field by Bamber Bridge, who gained instant revenge for Moors knocking them out of the F.A.Trophy last week.

A lacklustre Moors performance coupled with a determined and clinical one from Brig handed them an easy win on what was an afternoon to forget for Spennymoor.

Moors were missing Liam Henderson and Kallum Griffiths from the side that pushed leaders Darlington 1883 all the way on Wednesday night, and with Gavin Cogdon not fit enough to start, Nathan Fisher was handed a full league debut.

Moors had the first opportunity but Brig keeper Harry Campbell pushed over, before the visitors broke the deadlock in the 9th minute when Chris Marlow capitalised on a defensive error to set up Alistair Waddecar who fired home from 12yds.

Brig went two up in the 17th minute when a free kick by Paul McKenna was met on the edge of the area by left back Glenn Steel and his looping header beat Adam McHugh.

Moors twice had shots saved by Campbell from Shane Henry but it was as good as it got for the home side with Brig much the better of the two sides, and they stretched their lead in the 41st minute through Steel who nodded home at the back post after Moors failed to clear two corners in succession.

Cogdon and John McReady entered the fray at the interval, and they had the first chance when a superb run by Joe Tait saw him play in Stephen Capper who saw his shot blocked by Campbell. Michael Roberts then cut in from the right but fired straight at the Brig keeper.

The result was sealed in the 58th minute when Darren Green broke away but saw his shot hit the upright and the loose ball fell into the path of Waddecar who lashed home. Waddecar completed his hat trick with a superb individual goal in the 65th minute, then McKenna curled home a delightful 25yd free kick into the top corner to put Brig six up against a shell shocked Moors.

In the closing stages, Moors pulled a consolation goal back when Roberts went on a good run but his shot was parried by Campbell into the path of Stephenson who fired home into an empty net.

McKenna was sent off for the visitors for a second yellow card following a foul on Roberts, and it took the gloss of a complete performance by Brig who thoroughly deserved the emphatic win.

Line-Up:

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

Subs Used:

Cogdon on for Peacock

McReady on for Groves

P Johnson on for Fisher

Subs Not Used:

Sayer

Griffiths

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

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