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