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Clitheroe 24th March 2015 Evo-Stik Div.1 North

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

FIRST HALF GOALS CONSOLIDATES FIFTH POSITION FOR MOORS

Spennymoor Town won away for the first time in four trips when they won 2-0 at Clitheroe on Tuesday night.

There was never a chance of Moors repeating their 8-3 romp of ten days ago against Clitheroe, but they were well in control after two first half goals.

Moors made one change to the team that beat Warrington Town 2-0 on Saturday as number one keeper Adam McHugh made his first appearance since the 4-2 win at Kendal Town replacing the on loan Luke Coddington after the teenager returned to Middlesbrough.

The game was end to end early on; with Moors going close when Nathan Fisher was inches away from converting a low cross by Robert Briggs, then Liam Henderson put a good chance just over the bar.

Henderson also had the ball in the net when he tapped in after Shane Henry’s free kick wasn’t held by the Clitheroe keeper, but the goal was disallowed for offside.

After Clitheroe went close, Moors took the lead after 34 minutes when Nathan Fisher set up Stephenson, who fired home his sixth goal in his last four games and the schemers 13 th of the season.

And just a few minutes later Fisher latched on to a through ball and coolly lobbed the keeper for the second.

Clitheroe made three substitutions at half time and were better in the second half, but it was Spennymoor who nearly got the third, but Stephenson missed from close range from a Kallum Griffiths cross, then late in the game, sub Gavin Cogdon broke through and had an effort cleared off the line after rounding the home keeper.

Clitheroe had Louis Mayers dismissed for a foul in the closing minutes, but Moors stayed strong to return home with all three points.

Line-Up:

1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 P Johnson, 4 Briggs, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson ( Dodds), 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Fisher ( Cogdon), 11 Peacock (Roberts)

Subs not used: Mason, McReady,

 

Att: 204

Warrington 21st March 2015 Evo-Stik Div.1 North

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

STEPHENSON DOUBLE IS PERFECT TONIC FOR MOORS

Two superb goals from man of the match Andrew Stephenson propelled Spennymoor Town into the play-off positions after a 2-0 win over Warrington Town at The Brewery Field.

Moors bounced back from Tuesday’s defeat at Mossley to capitalise on Scarborough’s home loss to Bamber Bridge to overtake the seasiders into fifth place, and with nine games remaining Moors are hot favourites to be participating in the play offs in May.

Warrington went close in the early stages as James McCarten had a header from a corner headed off the line by Paul Johnson who replaced suspended skipper Chris Mason in the line-up, then on the next attack in the 9th minute, Moors broke and opened the scoring as Stephenson went on a mazy run to dance his way into the area and lift the ball over keeper Karl Wills into the top corner for a superb individual goal.  Warrington responded with Scott Metcalfe being denied by Luke Coddington with a low save from a shot inside the area which the on loan Middlesbrough keeper pushed around the post.

Stephenson then went close before the break when he went on another trademark run into the area but he blazed over.

Warrington piled on the pressure in the early exchanges of the second half following the introduction of Ben Wharton in attack and he caused Moors endless problems. Coddington did well to move his feet quickly and push out a Gerard Kinsella header, before he saved a shot from Steven Tames who superbly tricked his way into the area.

Moors, however, were lifted following the introductions of Lewis Dodds and Gavin Cogdon and they went close through Liam Henderson who fired over from an acute angle.

The game was stretched with both sides enjoying good spells, but it was Spennymoor who sealed the win in the 83rd minute as Stephenson ran onto Robert Briggs’ through ball to race into the area and tuck the ball under keeper Wills to complete a good day at the office for Moors, and register his 5th goal in three games.

Moors manager Jason Ainsley said; “Andrew was unplayable. He scored two great goals, and was unlucky not to score a third in the second half when we pushed him further up front.

“It was a really hard game. We defended really well in the second half when they pushed men forward.

“Our performance wasn’t great, but it’s results that matter at this stage of the season. This was a big win after the disappointment of losing at Mossley on Tuesday. The players showed loads of character to bounce back.”

 

Line-Up:

1 Coddington, 2 Griffiths, 3 P Johnson, 4 Briggs, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson ( McReady), 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Fisher (Cogdon),11 Peacock (Dodds).

Subs Not Used:

Roberts, Groves.

 

Att: 444

Mossley 17th March 2015 Evo-Stik Div. 1 North

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

MOORS TEN GAME UNBEATEN RUN ENDED IN LANCASHIRE

Spennymoor’s ten game unbeaten run in the league ended when they lost 2-0 at Mossley on Tuesday night, their first defeat since January 3rd.

Moors named the same side for the third successive game, and they went close twice inside the first ten minutes when midfielder Andrew Stephenson fired just wide from edge of the box, then skipper Chris Mason had a header cleared off the line from a Robert Briggs corner after Liam Henderson had a shot from an acute angle turned around the post by keeper Liam Flynn.  But Mossley nearly caught them on the counter attack when Poyra Ahmadi broke through with just Luke Coddington to beat, but dragged his shot wide.

However, Mossley took the lead on 18 minutes when Tom Dean was left unmarked to head past Coddington from a corner. Moors replied with a free kick by Shane Henry, which he curled onto the top of the bar from the edge of the area, but the Moors defence was nearly breached again when Ahmadi intercepted a weak Joe Tait back pass, but fired wide of Coddington’s goal. The game went up the other end, and Henry was unlucky to see another low shot go just past the post.

Moors started the second half with plenty of purpose, but they couldn’t break down a resolute Mossley defence. Mossley went 2-0 up on 59 minutes when Tom Pratt crossed for Ahmadi to glance into the corner of the net. Moors then applied plenty of pressure with Henderson and Tait both going close, but Mossley nearly got a third when Dean’s header came back off the bar.

Line-Up:

1 Coddington, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Briggs, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Fisher (sub Roberts), 11 Peacock (sub Cogdon).

Subs Not Used:

Johnson, Groves, McReady.

 

Att: 115

Clitheroe 14th March 2015 Evo-Stik Div. 1 North

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

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.”

Line-Up:

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

Subs Not Used:

Cogdon, McReady.

 

Att:456

Farsley 10th March 2015 Evo-Stik Division 1 North

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

FISHER SPECIAL GIVES MOORS WIN OVER FARSLEY

Nathan Fisher kept Spennymoor’s play-off hopes well and truly alive with a superb winner against fellow play off chasers Farsley at the Brewery Field on Tuesday night.

It needed something special to break the deadlock between two well-matched teams in a sometimes physical game. Moors are still sixth in the table, but just a point away from the play off places.

Farsley were first to create a chance after 9 minutes when Moors failed to deal with an out swinging corner, and Spencer Harris had a left foot shot from ten yards blocked on the line.  Moors had a couple of shots off target, before Fisher cleverly laid the ball off for Liam Henderson to race into the box, but his left foot shot was touched around the post by Farsley keeper Tom Taylor.

Both sides worked really hard and cancelled each other out, and a mistake nearly led to the opening goal. Robert Briggs curled a corner into the Farsley six yard box, Taylor completely mis-punched the ball back to his own goal, and Moors defender Joe Tait couldn’t turn the ball home.  Moors went even closer just on half time from another corner when Anthony Peacock beat Taylor but a defender cleared off the line, and when the ball looped into the air and Peacock advanced towards the ball, he claimed that he was bundled to the ground by a defender but the referee waved his away his penalty claims.

Moors broke the deadlock on 51 minutes when Henderson chested a long ball down – although Farsley claimed there was use of the arm – for Nathan Fisher to fire powerfully into the top left hand corner of the net from just outside the area. As tempers began to rise, Moors nearly got another with a characteristic 30 yarder from Kallum Griffiths that whizzed just past the post.  Moors thought they’d scored when Taylor couldn’t hold a low shot by Fisher and Henderson tapped in, but the flag went up for offside against Henderson.

Moors were nearly caught on the break with 15 minutes left. A Griffith’s free kick went into the Farsley wall, and the visitors broke away quickly through Gibraltar striker Adam Priestley, who hit a low 30 yarder that just missed the left hand post.  However, Fisher was bursting with confidence, and he ended a good run with a left foot shot towards the top corner that Taylor just managed to tip over.  From the corner that followed, Tait’s downward header at the far post went wide when he should have got it on target. Sub Gavin Cogdon nearly finished it with a right foot shot towards the bottom corner that Taylor just touched away.

Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley said; “That was a big result in the scheme of things against a team that has got the same aim as us. I told the players before the game that it’s a six week season. I thought Nathan Fisher and Liam Henderson were superb as a partnership up front.”

Line-Up:

1 Coddington, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Briggs, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson (McReady), 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Fisher (Cogdon), 11 Peacock.

Subs not used: Dodds, Roberts, Groves.

Att: 420

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