MOORS STEAMROLLER CLITHEROE FOR BIGGEST WIN OF SEASON
Spennymoor Town achieved their best win for several seasons when they clinically destroyed Clitheroe 8-3 at the Brewery Field. Moors were rampant at one stage, as they tore the Clitheroe defence to shreds time after time, and reinforced their play-off claims.
Manager Jason Ainsley named the same team that beat fellow play off candidates Farsley in midweek, however, Clitheroe took an early lead, when the ball was crossed in from the left by Zac Dale, took a slight deflection, and Ross Dent headed in unchallenged from six yards. Moors levelled on 10 minutes when Shane Henry curled a free kick around the wall, keeper Peter Collinge fumbled when he should have held on to the ball, and Liam Henderson pounced to score from a couple of yards.
Moors went ahead on 14 minutes, with more charity from Collinge. Andrew Stephenson got to the bye line, drove the ball into the six yard box, Collinge went full length and missed it, and the ball went into the net off defender Lanquan Esdaille.
It was nearly three a minute later when Anthony Peacock set up Shane Henry who got through 1 on 1, but he pulled his shot wide. It was 3-1 on 34 minutes when Shane Henry made good round up the left, cut in, and crossed low to the far post where Liam Henderson tapped in. Robert Briggs nearly made it four before the break, but Collinge just managed to touch his shot around the post.
The fans didn’t have to wait long in the second half for the fourth as they stretched their lead within a minute of the restart. Henderson played the ball into the box for Stephenson to run onto and beat Collinge. Henderson was denied his hat trick by the offside flag after the keeper fumbled another shot, then Anthony Peacock hit the post with a low shot from the corner of the box.
It was 5-1 on the hour, when Henderson charged down a clearance by Esdaille, ran into the box, steadied himself and curled the ball past the advancing Collinge into the far corner.
Clitheroe should have pulled a goal back, sub Jason Hart helped the ball on for James Walker, who put the ball wide from six yards out. Moors scored their sixth on 64 minutes when Fisher ran onto Anthony Peacock’s threaded pass and set up Stephenson, whose first shot was blocked by Collinge, but he recovered well and turned the ball into an empty net.
It was 7-1 on 70 minutes when Clitheroe defender Danny Morton headed a free kick from Henry back across his own goal, and sub Michael Roberts who had only been on the pitch for seconds, headed in.
Clitheroe pulled a goal back when Dent’s right foot shot took a deflection and looped into the net, and they made it 7-3 with ten minutes left with a Jason Hart free kick from 25 yds. In the last minute, Nathan Fisher ran through and confidently stuck the ball into the bottom corner to complete the rout.
The victory was Moors’ revenge for an 8-2 defeat at Clitheroe in the FA cup seven years ago.
“It was a top performance by us,” said manager Jason Ainsley, who played in that drubbing at Clitheroe. “I was concerned that after the Farsley win in midweek it would be a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show, but it wasn’t. We have hit form at the right time, and we’re in a very good place.
“Our two forwards were excellent, especially Liam Henderson who showed what a massive asset he is, and there were some very good individual performances right the way through the team.
“We have had a difficult week, we played with ten men at Droylsden last week and got a point, and beat Farsley in midweek then beat Clitheroe today. We must keep it going though and put the pressure on the teams above us.”
1 Coddington, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason (Groves), 4 Briggs, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson ( Dodds), 8 Henry, 9 Henderson (Roberts), 10 Fisher, 11 Peacock
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