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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

Northwich Victoria 4th October 2014 Evo-Stik Division 1 North

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Spennymoor Town won their third game in succession and kept up their impressive away form with a fantastic 4-1 victory at former Conference club Northwich Victoria.

Moors stunned their hosts, who started the day in fourth place and were unbeaten at home this season, but once in form striker Michael Roberts opened the scoring in the first half, it was one way traffic and it was the perfect tonic for Spennymoor who have two big games coming up this week against Scarborough Athletic and Ashton United.

The game started with both sides having chances and Victoria perhaps had the better openings when Michael Clarke had a shot blocked by Chris Mason and Abou Sanogo drilled a shot that went past Adam McHugh’s far post.

However, in the 37th minute, the deadlock was broken when Roberts chased a lost cause and forced a Victoria defender to make a mistake as he tried to clear and he slotted the ball home. Three minutes later and the lead was doubled when Roberts struck a free kick from distance and Victoria keeper Tim Deasy should have done better but the ball bounced over the Northwich keeper and into the back of the net. Deasy made amends moments later by producing a brilliant save from Shane Henry.

Victoria came out the second half fighting to get back in the game but Spennymoor stretched their lead when Joe Tait was on hand to head home from close range after Henry’s shot was beaten out by Deasy. The day got worse for Victoria when defender Jack Sharratt scored an own goal to make it 4-0 to Moors with half an hour still to play as he turned home Henry’s cross. Deasy then pulled off another impressive save from Liam Henderson, before an injury to the referee saw Spennymoor general manager Steven Lawson take the flag and run the line for the last few minutes. Deep into stoppage time Northwich pulled a consolation goal back through Gary Burnett who fired home from close range.

After the game manager Jason Ainsley said:

“It sounds strange, but we’ve played better this season and drawn,”

“We got off to a sluggish start, but the first goal really got us going. We had numerous chances, and their keeper pulled off some good saves.

“I’m really delighted; because it’s about time we picked up points against a team near the top of the table. That result should have sent shockwaves through the rest of the league, because I don’t think many people would have expected that.”

 

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:

Graydon on for Henry

Cogdon on for Peacock

Sayer on for Stephenson

Subs Not Used:

A Johnson, P Johnson

Att: 115

Dunston UTS FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round 27th September 2014

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Spennymoor Town progressed into the F.A.Cup 3rd Qualifying Round following an emphatic 4-1 victory at Northern League high flyers Dunston UTS.
Moors ended the hosts’ 11 game unbeaten run with a polished display infront of a bumper 538 crowd at the UTS stadium on Tyneside.  Manager Jason Ainsley made one change to the team that won 5-0 in midweek as Michael Roberts replaced Gavin Cogdon.
Moors made a positive start to the game as Roberts flashed an angled shot inches past the post from the edge of the area before the deadlock was broken in the 5th minute in favour of Spennymoor. Roberts released Shane Henry into the box and his low cross was poked home by Anthony Peacock from 6yds.  Dunston slowly got on top as Stephen Harrison curled a free kick over and Andrew Bulford didn’t connect fully with a volley from Dan Wilson’s pass that went wide of the mark.  Hesitation in the Moors back line when they failed to clear their lines allowed the advancing Dale Burrell an opportunity which he fired over from 20yds, before Gary Ormston went even closer with a first time volley from Wilson’s left hand side cross which whistled past the post.
Spennymoor still looked good on the break as Peacock broke away but a last ditch tackle from Harrison sent the ball out for a corner.  Moors were now in the ascendancy and Liam Henderson had a header saved by Liam Connell in the UTS goal, then moments later Joe Tait powered a header from Andrew Stephenson’s corner that was cleared off the line by a home player.  The warnings were there for Dunston and it was no surprise when Moors doubled their lead on the half hour mark. Roberts made a telling run down the right and his low drive caught keeper Connell cold and the ball nestled into the far corner for a delightful goal.
Moors continued to ask all the questions, Henderson was proving to be a menace and he came close twice with headers from a Stephenson corner and a cross by Kallum Griffiths.  The 2-0 half time score reflected the balance of play and Moors were full value for their lead.
Dunston as expected came out the second half on top but skipper Michael Dixon couldn’t keep down his shot before in the 51st minute Moors just about sealed their passage into the next round when Henderson capitalised on David Coulson’s weak header back to Connell and the big number nine made no mistake by finishing into the corner to stretch the Moors lead and notch his 7th goal of the campaign.  Dunston never give up and Coulson volleyed over from a good position following a period of ping pong in the Moors goalmouth, but with the game now stretched and Dunstonpushing on it left gaps which Spennymoor fully exploited on the break.  Roberts swung over a free kick that was met by Tait at the far post and he headed it back into the danger area for defensive partner Chris Mason who could only volley wide.
Moors let the home side off the hook in the 63rd minute when Roberts and Lewis Dodds broke away and when the ball fell into the path of Henderson he turned his man but saw his shot brilliantly blocked by Connell and the loose ball eventually fell to Henry but he blazed over with the goal at his mercy.  Dunston however kept going and pulled a consolation goal back in the 71st minute when Moors keeper Adam McHugh punched clear and when the ball was played into Bulford on the edge of the area he returned a superb volley that looped over the Moors keeper and into the back of the net.
Any hopes Dunston had of an unlikely comeback were soon evaporated when Moors re established the three goal cushion inside a minute. Griffiths and Stephenson played a one two on the right hand side before Griffiths’ pin point centre was met by Roberts who directed his header into the corner for another fine goal.  Moors continued to press with the introductions of former UTS winger Lee McAndrew and Andrew Johnson with the latter doing well linking up with Stephenson who could only fire straight at Connell.  Home striker Scott Fenwick then fired over from an acute angle but it was Spennymoor who ended deserved winners and go into Monday’s hat looking for a home draw, following three successive away ties.
“That was a very satisfying victory,” said Ainsley. “To put four past a very good Dunston team was a great achievement.
“Some people thought that the game would be a banana skin and we would lose, but we proved them wrong with some excellent play. The early goal made a big difference.
“The players worked hard throughout the team and defended well when they had to. I thought Liam Henderson was magnificent, he was unplayable at times.
“I would prefer a home tie now to reward our fans, because we’ve played every game away so far. I know geographically we can get anybody from the north, but we’ll probably get either Shildon or Blyth!”
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:
McAndrew on for Peacock.
A Johnson on for Roberts.
Graydon on for Henry.
Subs Not Used:
P Johnson, Groves, Sayer, Atkinson(GK)
Att: 538

Ossett Albion 23rd September 2014 Evo-Stik Division 1 North

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Spennymoor ended their home goal drought in style with a comfortable 5-0 home win over Ossett Albion at the Brewery Field.  Moors showed plenty of pace and movement early in the game, and they took the lead after 12 minutes when Ossett keeper Neil Bennett could do nothing more than push a powerful shot up in the air from Andrew Stephenson for Liam Henderson to head home Moors’ first goal at home this season.

Ossett looked lively on the break and went close through Conor McDonagh but Moors keeper Adam McHugh superbly touched the ball around the post.  It was 2-0 a few minutes later, when Gavin Cogdon made a good run down the right, and pulled the ball back for the supporting Shane Henry, making his full debut, to side foot into the net.

Moors scored a delightful third on 26 minutes, when Cogdon played a reverse pass for supporting left back Stephen Capper to curl beyond the reach of Bennett.  Cogdon went close twice more before the break as Moors threatened to run rampant, but at the start of the second half Moors’ keeper McHugh had to go full length to his left to push away a shot by Nick Matthews.

But Moors were soon back up at the other end. Anthony Peacock curled a good shot towards goal that Bennett could only parry, and Andrew Stephenson tapped in.

Sub Andrew Johnson scored the fifth on 73 minutes, when he picked up a pass by Lewis Dodds, turned on the edge of the area, and beat Bennett with a low shot.

Moors could have had more after that, with Bennett pulling off a couple of good saves.

Manager Jason Ainsley said; “Once we got the first goal, I didn’t think there was any doubt about the result. I thought we played some very good football, and Shane Henry had an outstanding game.”

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

Sayer on for Henry

A Johnson on for Henderson

Subs Not Used:

Graydon, P Johnson.

Att: 452

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