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Ossett Albion 20th December 2014 Evo-Stik Division 1 North

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
A depleted Spennymoor side missed an opportunity to close the gap on the top five after they were held to a 1-1 draw at lowly Ossett Albion.
Moors were without the influential Stephen Capper and Anthony Peacock through a sickness bug that has hampered the team this week, before they were struck with another blow in the warm-up when Tuesday night’s match winner Joe Tait had to withdraw through injury. A makeshift back four saw Dan Groves move to left back and Kallum Griffiths – still feeling the after effects of a stomach bug – having to start at right back with Chris Mason partnering Paul Johnson in the middle. Striker Ian Ward was handed his first league start since his move from West Auckland Town.
Moors won the reverse league fixture 5-0 at The Brewery Field and only last month won 3-0 in West Yorkshire in the league cup, however today on a heavy pitch, Moors failed to get going and got what they deserved in the end.
Albion went the closest in the early stages when Kane Reece beat keeper Adam McHugh to a ball outside the area but he couldn’t compose himself to score and Moors cleared.
Moors then had to withdraw John McReady following a strong challenge from an Albion player that the Moors schemer didn’t recover from, so on came Michael Roberts, who almost made an instant impact when he flicked on Ward’s pass to Shane Henry who could only fire wide of the post from 12 yards.  The home side took the lead in the 33 rd minute when they were gifted an early Christmas present by Johnson and McHugh who both came for the ball and when Johnson’s header didn’t reach the Moors keeper Connor Bower lifted the ball over McHugh into an empty net.
Moors upped the tempo after this and laid siege on the Albion goal. Andrew Stephenson’s in-swinging corner was cleared off the line and Johnson followed up but his effort was also blocked and forced around the post for another corner.
Stephenson then picked out skipper Mason but he could only plant his free header wide of the upright.  On the stroke of half time Moors almost levelled when Albion keeper Neil Bennett could only clear to Stephenson and his attempted chip into an unguarded goal landed inches wide.
Moors continued to pressure the Albion goal in the second half but too often lacked a killer instinct. Gavin Cogdon came on for Nathan Fisher and moments later Moors were level. Roberts ran onto a through ball and he lashed the ball past Bennett into the roof of the net from 16 yards.  This kicked the home side onto the front foot and they had Moors defending at sixes and sevens.  Only a tremendous double point blank save from keeper McHugh kept the Moors level when a goal looked a certainty.  Moors then had one last throw of the dice by bringing on top scorer Liam Henderson for Ward.
The game was now stretched and both sides had chances, Henderson forced a good block from Bennett at his near post, Cogdon had a shot blocked with Henderson following up to his the side netting.
Albion almost won it when sub Connor McDonough struck a rasping 25yd effort that hit the woodwork, before deep into stoppage time Moors almost made it two late wins in a week when Roberts turned but fired straight at Bennett.
“We were poor on the day, but maybe that wasn’t surprising,” said Manager Jason Ainsley. “Some players did well to last the game considering how they were feeling.

“Taking the Ossett game into account, then I’m pleased we managed to beat Kendal in midweek. We’ve picked up ten points from our last four games, and we’re in touch with the leading pack.”
Line-Up:
McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Groves, 6 Johnson, 7 McReady (sub Roberts), 8 Henry, 9 Ward (sub Henderson), 10 Fisher (sub Cogdon), 11 Stephenson.
Subs Not Used:
Lynch, G Brown.
Att: 158

Kendal 16th December 2014 Evo-Stik Division 1 North

Friday, December 19th, 2014

A header in the sixth minute of injury time by defender Joe Tait gave Spennymoor the points against Kendal Town in a niggly game at the Brewery Field. Moors were without skipper Chris Mason, as well as Kallum Griffiths, Lewis Dodds and striker Gavin Cogdon from Saturday’s team, so Manager Jason Ainsley had to re shuffle the squad and included two of the club’s Reserve team players on the bench.

It was a lack lustre first 25 minutes before Kendal nearly took the lead when Jeff King sent Jordan Connerton racing clear into the area, but Moors keeper Adam McHugh came quickly off his line and saved at his feet. There were a couple of long range shots at each end that barely troubled the keepers, and also a scuffle involving several players that ended with Moors’ Andrew Stephenson and Kendal’s Jeff King being booked by referee Lucy May.

But in first half stoppage time, the game burst into life when the Kendal defence could only clear a left wing corner as far as Shane Henry, who drove the ball through a crowd of players past keeper Danny McDonald.

Kendal levelled 12 minutes after the restart, with a good run around the back of the Spennymoor defence by King, and he laid the ball on a plate for Jamie Colebourn to slide in at the far post.

Stephenson nearly restored Moors’ lead with a right foot shot from 25 yards that skidded just wide, Nathan Fisher then fired across the face of goal. But Connerton, who always looked dangerous on his left foot, hit a 30 yarder that McHugh touched around the post, then in Kendal’s next attack King dribbled past four men but put his shot well over the bar. Sub Ian Ward fired straight at McDonald from a few yards as Moors recovered, but then they had a couple of blocks in their own area to thank as Kendal threatened again.

Shots by Ward and Joe Tait were cleared off the line in a frantic finish that saw injured top scorer Liam Henderson enter the fray ahead of schedule, and McDonald pushed a Tait header around the post. From the corner that followed, Henry put the ball into the middle for Tait to head into the roof of the net, his sixth goal of the season.

Line-Up:

1 McHugh, 2 Groves, 3 Johnson, 4 Henry, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 McReady (sub Ward), 8 Stephenson, 9 Fisher (sub Henderson), 10 Roberts, 11 Peacock (sub Lynch).

Subs not used: Gibson, G Brown.

Att: 428

Brighouse Town 9th December 2014 Evo-Stik Division 1 North

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Spennymoor finally mastered the windy conditions at the Brewery Field to go ninth in the Evo-Stik First Division North after they completed a hat-trick of wins over Brighouse Town. Moors won the reverse league game 4-1 in September and last week knocked the West Yorkshire side out of the league cup on penalties.

Moors couldn’t do anything with the wind at their backs in the first half, but when they kept the ball down in the second, Brighouse couldn’t handle them.

Moors went close in the first five minutes when Lewis Dodds released Nathan Fisher in on goal and after holding off a defender could only fire straight at keeper Jack Cookson. Tyrone Gay then had a great chance for Brighouse when he rounded Moors keeper Adam McHugh, but the keeper’s challenge forced him wide enough to forget an attempt at goal, and his pull back for Thomas Matthews was misjudged. Gay had another chance from 10 yards out which was blocked, and the ball ran for Matthews a few yards out, and McHugh blocked at his feet.

The West Yorkshire side took the lead from the resulting corner on 13 minutes. The flag kick from the left went to James Hurtley at the far post, and even though his low shot was blocked, the ball dropped nicely for Matthews to turn home from six yards.

Brighouse adapted to the windy conditions better, and McHugh pulled off a reaction save from a close range flick at the near post by Gay on 31 minutes, and then he went full length to push away a 25 yarder by Matthews. Moors nearly levelled with their first chance of the half, an in swinging free kick by Stephen Capper that fellow defender Paul Johnson headed just over the top, and with two minutes left in the half, Gavin Cogdon played a 1-2 with Anthony Peacock and struck the top of the bar.

Moors played better in the second half, and levelled after 53 minutes with a free kick from 20 yards by Kallum Griffiths that swerved viciously in the wind, and the keeper, Jack Cookson, could only get his left hand to the ball on its way into the net. Griffiths had a chance from half that range after John McReady got round the back and set him up, but he skied the ball over the bar.

Moors took the lead in front of a crowd of 408 on the hour when McReady found Cogdon twelve yards out, and he angled a low right foot drive past Cookson into the bottom corner. A minute later it was 3-1, when Cogdon sent Nathan Fisher running through and the striker confidently tucked the ball home. Moors scored their fourth in a 16 minute spell when McReady got round the back of the defence again on the right and set up Fisher to score from a few yards.  Fisher almost completed his hat-trick when he raced away but a double save from Cookson denied him and McReady on the follow up.

Moors manager Jason Ainsley said; “All the players held their hands up at half time and admitted that they hadn’t done well enough. In the second half they played with real purpose. It’s a good three points on a night like this.”

Line-Up:

1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Johnson, 6 Capper, 7 McReady, 8 Stephenson, 9 Fisher, 10 Cogdon, 11 Peacock.

Subs Used:

Roberts on for Cogdon

Green on for Stephenson

Groves on for Capper

Subs not used: Atkinson, Ward

Att: 408

Chasetown 29th November 2014 FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round.

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Spennymoor Town set up a possible first round draw against one of the Conference giants when they easily beat Chasetown 3-0 in the final qualifying round of the FA Trophy at the Brewery Field on Saturday.
Moors were too quick and too skilful for their EvoStik First Division South opponents, who never got to grips with the Moors attack at all, leaving the home side wondering why they didn’t score more in the second half after leading 3-0 at half time.  And now Moors could be drawn against one of the Conference Premier big guns in Monday lunchtime’s draw.
“I thought we were superb from first minute to last,” said Manager Jason Ainsley. “The chairman set us three targets at the start of the season, one of which was to have a good run in the Trophy, and we’re delighted to have got through to the first round. We could draw one of the big Conference clubs now, and that would be fantastic.
“The players put a proper shift in and got the job done. It could have been six or seven in the second half, which was the only disappointment for us in the game. We started really sharp, and created some good chances.
“Anything now is a bonus, but a home game would be nice. The players deserve to be in the first round proper.”
Moors took the game to the Staffordshire side straight from the kick off.
There was an early chance for Steve Capper, who made a good run down the left, played a one-two with Anthony Peacock but drove the ball over the bar.  And on 6 minutes there was another one-two on the edge of the Chasetown box between Peacock and Gavin Cogdon, but Peacock fired wide.  Moors nearly opened the scoring on 10 minutes, when Cogdon cut in from the left, beat one man, and hit a powerful right foot shot just over.
Moors deservedly took the lead on 14 minutes, when Lewis Dodds found Peacock on the left, and even though the winger had a shot blocked, the ball came out to the right for Cogdon to squeeze home between the keeper and the right hand post.
A minute later, Moors were well in control when Capper crossed deep from the left for Nathan Fisher to chest the ball down on the six yard line and volley the second.  Moors pinned the visitors back, and they nearly went 3-0 up on 30 minutes when Capper crossed from the right for Shane Henry, coming in unmarked, to have a header saved under the bar by John Bateman.  There was another close shave for Chasetown when Chris Mason had a header blocked on the line from a corner, and it was no surprise when the visitors fell further behind on 40 minutes when Dodds split the defence with a perfect through ball for fellow midfielder Henry, again with an uncovered run, to hit first time under the advancing Bateman.
It was nearly 4-0 at the start of the second half, Joe Tait’s header was well saved under the bar by Bateman, and then the keeper went down to hold a low shot by Capper.   The woodwork saved Chasetown on 60 minutes when Peacock sent Cogdon racing clean through, but his left foot shot hit the base of the post after beating Bateman.  Chasetown’s first effort of note in the second half, a long range shot by Simon Brown, was easily saved by Adam McHugh.
Cogdon again found half a yard at the other end on the edge of the area, but he slipped as he aimed for the bottom right corner, and the ball went well wide.  John McReady, who looked quite sharp, made a good 40 yard run into the box, checked, and curled a left foot shot just over the top, then Michael Roberts, who replaced Cogdon, blazed wide when the ball dropped for him in the box.  The keeper pulled off his best save yet on 80 minutes, when he flung himself to his left to keep out a powerful downward header by Tait off Capper’s cross.
Moors midfielder Dodds said; “I thought we were unplayable at times in the first half, and in the second half we should have added to our lead and had to dig in.  It’s been a testing month or so and we’ve had ours ups and downs. I think we’re starting to get there as a side. To get to the first round proper is a great achievement in our first year in the competition.”
Line-Up:
McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 McReady, 8 Henry, 9 Fisher (sub Ward 65), 10 Cogdon (sub Roberts 63), 11 Peacock (sub Green 79)
Subs Not Used: Johnson, Stephenson.
Att: 440
The next round is due on December 13th, which means the home league game against Kendal has been moved to the following Tuesday.

Farsley 25th November 2014 Evo-Stik Div.1 North

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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

att: 192

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