Spennymoor Town came from behind to win their first pre season friendly at North East Counties League side Tadcaster Albion thanks to a Shane Henry bullet of a free kick and two clinical finishes from a trialist striker.
Moors had drawn two and lost three of their previous five friendlies against Bolton Wanderers, Hartlepool United, North Shields, Middlesbrough and Guisborough Town, and with the season opener at Glossop North End two weeks away, Moors stepped up their game with a hard fought win in Yorkshire.
The game kicked off in torrential rain but a superbly prepared pitch made the conditions perfect with the hosts coming out on top as they opened the scoring in the 8th minute when Moors failed to clear their lines and the ball was played back into the area for James Beadle to strike a shot that took a deflection and crept over the line despite the wrong footed Dan Lowson getting a hand to the ball by pushing it onto the post. It was no more than Albion deserved as they went close moments earlier when Josh Greening broke away but curled his shot inches wide of the far post.
The best chances for Moors came to Liam Henderson who twice fired straight at the Albion keeper, before he saw another effort well saved when a goal looked a certainty after positive build up play. Moors were slowly getting on top and got their rewards in the 23rd minute when Anthony Peacock was fouled by Matt Heath just outside the area and Henry lashed the free kick over the wall and into the top corner to restore parity.
Moors were now dictating and looked a real threat going forward and it was no surprise they went ahead five minutes later when the trialist striker beat the offside trap to coolly dink the ball over keeper Gary Stevens into the back of the net. The lead was stretched moments later when again the trialist front man got away and fired into the bottom corner for an exquisite finish.
Moors then suffered a major blow when Liam Henderson was rushed to hospital following a clash with Heath that left the Moors talismanic striker with a deep cut above his eye that required surgery. Nathan Fisher came on to join the attack.
The all action first half was completed two minutes before the break when Albion pulled a goal back as Moors trialist full back conceded a free kick to the right of the penalty area and a teasing free kick was sent in for Heath to power a header into the roof of the net.
Moors also lost Andrew Stephenson with a dead leg at half time so Robert Briggs started the second half which didn’t live up to the tempo or action of the first forty five minutes.
Moors best chance fell to Fisher who dragged a shot wide, and a brilliant run by Henry saw him kick fresh air inside the area before the home side went in search for the equaliser. Beadle fired a thunderbolt that struck the post and Greening fired wide with just Lowson to beat. Lowson had earlier come out to smother at the feet of the Albion striker to preserve the one goal cushion.
The game ended with Moors narrow winners but Tadcaster pushed them all the way in a competitive friendly with both sides giving their all on a brilliant surface.
Next up for Moors is their final pre-season fixture against Darlington 1883 on Friday 7th August at the Brewery Field.
1 Dan Lowson
2 Trialist A (Sub Paul Johnson)
3 Chris Mason (c)
4 Lewis Dodds (Sub Reece Kenney)
5 Joe Tait
6 Steve Capper
7 Andy Stephenson (Sub Robert Briggs)
8 Shane Henry
9 Liam Henderson (Sub Nathan Fisher)
10 Trialist B (Sub James Risbrough)
11 Anthony Peacock