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Dunston UTS FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round 27th September 2014

Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Spennymoor Town progressed into the F.A.Cup 3rd Qualifying Round following an emphatic 4-1 victory at Northern League high flyers Dunston UTS.
Moors ended the hosts’ 11 game unbeaten run with a polished display infront of a bumper 538 crowd at the UTS stadium on Tyneside.  Manager Jason Ainsley made one change to the team that won 5-0 in midweek as Michael Roberts replaced Gavin Cogdon.
Moors made a positive start to the game as Roberts flashed an angled shot inches past the post from the edge of the area before the deadlock was broken in the 5th minute in favour of Spennymoor. Roberts released Shane Henry into the box and his low cross was poked home by Anthony Peacock from 6yds.  Dunston slowly got on top as Stephen Harrison curled a free kick over and Andrew Bulford didn’t connect fully with a volley from Dan Wilson’s pass that went wide of the mark.  Hesitation in the Moors back line when they failed to clear their lines allowed the advancing Dale Burrell an opportunity which he fired over from 20yds, before Gary Ormston went even closer with a first time volley from Wilson’s left hand side cross which whistled past the post.
Spennymoor still looked good on the break as Peacock broke away but a last ditch tackle from Harrison sent the ball out for a corner.  Moors were now in the ascendancy and Liam Henderson had a header saved by Liam Connell in the UTS goal, then moments later Joe Tait powered a header from Andrew Stephenson’s corner that was cleared off the line by a home player.  The warnings were there for Dunston and it was no surprise when Moors doubled their lead on the half hour mark. Roberts made a telling run down the right and his low drive caught keeper Connell cold and the ball nestled into the far corner for a delightful goal.
Moors continued to ask all the questions, Henderson was proving to be a menace and he came close twice with headers from a Stephenson corner and a cross by Kallum Griffiths.  The 2-0 half time score reflected the balance of play and Moors were full value for their lead.
Dunston as expected came out the second half on top but skipper Michael Dixon couldn’t keep down his shot before in the 51st minute Moors just about sealed their passage into the next round when Henderson capitalised on David Coulson’s weak header back to Connell and the big number nine made no mistake by finishing into the corner to stretch the Moors lead and notch his 7th goal of the campaign.  Dunston never give up and Coulson volleyed over from a good position following a period of ping pong in the Moors goalmouth, but with the game now stretched and Dunstonpushing on it left gaps which Spennymoor fully exploited on the break.  Roberts swung over a free kick that was met by Tait at the far post and he headed it back into the danger area for defensive partner Chris Mason who could only volley wide.
Moors let the home side off the hook in the 63rd minute when Roberts and Lewis Dodds broke away and when the ball fell into the path of Henderson he turned his man but saw his shot brilliantly blocked by Connell and the loose ball eventually fell to Henry but he blazed over with the goal at his mercy.  Dunston however kept going and pulled a consolation goal back in the 71st minute when Moors keeper Adam McHugh punched clear and when the ball was played into Bulford on the edge of the area he returned a superb volley that looped over the Moors keeper and into the back of the net.
Any hopes Dunston had of an unlikely comeback were soon evaporated when Moors re established the three goal cushion inside a minute. Griffiths and Stephenson played a one two on the right hand side before Griffiths’ pin point centre was met by Roberts who directed his header into the corner for another fine goal.  Moors continued to press with the introductions of former UTS winger Lee McAndrew and Andrew Johnson with the latter doing well linking up with Stephenson who could only fire straight at Connell.  Home striker Scott Fenwick then fired over from an acute angle but it was Spennymoor who ended deserved winners and go into Monday’s hat looking for a home draw, following three successive away ties.
“That was a very satisfying victory,” said Ainsley. “To put four past a very good Dunston team was a great achievement.
“Some people thought that the game would be a banana skin and we would lose, but we proved them wrong with some excellent play. The early goal made a big difference.
“The players worked hard throughout the team and defended well when they had to. I thought Liam Henderson was magnificent, he was unplayable at times.
“I would prefer a home tie now to reward our fans, because we’ve played every game away so far. I know geographically we can get anybody from the north, but we’ll probably get either Shildon or Blyth!”
McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Roberts, 11 Peacock.
Subs Used:
McAndrew on for Peacock.
A Johnson on for Roberts.
Graydon on for Henry.
Subs Not Used:
P Johnson, Groves, Sayer, Atkinson(GK)
Att: 538

Ossett Albion 23rd September 2014 Evo-Stik Division 1 North

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Spennymoor ended their home goal drought in style with a comfortable 5-0 home win over Ossett Albion at the Brewery Field.  Moors showed plenty of pace and movement early in the game, and they took the lead after 12 minutes when Ossett keeper Neil Bennett could do nothing more than push a powerful shot up in the air from Andrew Stephenson for Liam Henderson to head home Moors’ first goal at home this season.

Ossett looked lively on the break and went close through Conor McDonagh but Moors keeper Adam McHugh superbly touched the ball around the post.  It was 2-0 a few minutes later, when Gavin Cogdon made a good run down the right, and pulled the ball back for the supporting Shane Henry, making his full debut, to side foot into the net.

Moors scored a delightful third on 26 minutes, when Cogdon played a reverse pass for supporting left back Stephen Capper to curl beyond the reach of Bennett.  Cogdon went close twice more before the break as Moors threatened to run rampant, but at the start of the second half Moors’ keeper McHugh had to go full length to his left to push away a shot by Nick Matthews.

But Moors were soon back up at the other end. Anthony Peacock curled a good shot towards goal that Bennett could only parry, and Andrew Stephenson tapped in.

Sub Andrew Johnson scored the fifth on 73 minutes, when he picked up a pass by Lewis Dodds, turned on the edge of the area, and beat Bennett with a low shot.

Moors could have had more after that, with Bennett pulling off a couple of good saves.

Manager Jason Ainsley said; “Once we got the first goal, I didn’t think there was any doubt about the result. I thought we played some very good football, and Shane Henry had an outstanding game.”


1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Cogdon, 11 Peacock.

Subs Used:

Roberts on for Cogdon

Sayer on for Henry

A Johnson on for Henderson

Subs Not Used:

Graydon, P Johnson.

Att: 452

Warrington Town Evo-Stik Div. 1 North 20th September 2014

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Spennymoor Town lost their 100% record away from home this season following a narrow 1-0 defeat at Warrington Town. Moors lacked that extra quality in the final third as they outnumbered their opponents on chances throughout the game, but failed to find a breakthrough against a physical and determined Town side.

Spennymoor had the first notable effort in the game when Paul Johnson met Keith Graydon’s free kick but his header was superbly pushed over by Warrington keeper Karl Wills.  From resulting corner Liam Henderson peeled off his marker but he couldn’t keep his header down at the back post.  Warrington took the lead after building up pressure in the 21st minute when left back Louis Corringan wasn’t closed down and his 20yd shot went through a crowded goalmouth and into Adam McHugh’s left hand corner.  Moors keeper McHugh then kept the score down to one with a great save to deny Conor Roberts, before another opportunity came to Moors when Lewis Dodds tried his luck from long range but his effort went wide.

Moors went even closer in the second half through Gavin Cogdon as he played a one-two with Andrew Stephenson but his effort struck the woodwork, then moments later Michael Roberts broke away but a chasing defender got something on the ball and it fell to Henderson who rolled his shot wide. Moors pressed for an equaliser but their opponents worked tirelessly off the ball, and made it difficult for Spennymoor especially keeper Wills who pulled off another stunning save to deny Henderson once again in the latter stages.


McHugh, 2 Groves, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 P Johnson, 7 Stephenson, 8 Graydon, 9 Henderson, 10 Roberts, 11 Cogdon.

Subs Used:

Henry on for Roberts
Capper on for Graydon
Griffiths on for Groves

Subs Not Used:

McAndrew, Hayes.

Att: 131

Bishop Auckland 13th September 2014 FA Cup Q1

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Spennymoor Town progressed into the 2nd Qualifying Round of the F.A.Cup thanks to a second half winner from substitute Michael Roberts. Moors twice held the lead but were pegged back by a spirited Bishop Auckland side looking for a giant killing act on their higher ranked visitors.

Moors made one change to the team that beat Brighouse Town in midweek as Andrew Stephenson replaced James Armstrong, and Spennymoor got off to a perfect start by taking the lead in the first ten seconds. Top scorer Liam Henderson picked up a pass from Bishop defender Ben Riding to run through and fire past Scott Pocklington. Gavin Cogdon then went close but his effort was blocked by the legs of Pocklington.

The home side applied some pressure and got their rewards in the 26th minute when Glen Lane crossed from the left and Danny Brunskill got in between Moors defender Paul Johnson and keeper Adam McHugh to glance his header home at the near post.  Bishops perhaps should have gone ahead moments later when sub Adam Sakr got the better of Johnson and raced into the box but he wanted too many touches and McHugh saved at his feet.

Moors however kept their composure and got their noses back in front in the 37th minute through excellent determination by Henderson who closed down Riding’s clearance to slot the ball past Pocklington.
The hosts came out the second half bright and after Chris Lawson headed over from a corner, they deservedly got back on level terms in the 50th minute with a peach of a free kick by Lane. Brunskill was fouled outside the area and Bishop winger Lane curled a delightful shot around the wall and into McHugh’s top right hand corner.  McHugh then kept Moors in it with a superb tip over from Corey Nicholson’s cross cum shot from the right.

Both sides were evenly matched and had chances before Moors got the winner in the 72nd minute as sub Roberts wan onto Henderson’s flick to race away, hold off a challenge from Lawson and he tucked the ball away past Pocklington and book Spennymoor’s place in Monday’s draw for the 2nd Qualifying Round.  Bishop almost forced a replay as in stoppage time McHugh blocked an effort and Brunskill turned and fired inches past the post.

After the game boss Jason Ainsley said; “It was a typical local derby. We got off to a flyer but didn’t kick on. Fair play to Bishop who I thought were excellent on the day and were always a threat. We’re delighted to get through to the next round despite being nowhere near our best. In previous years we would have lost that game. I was delighted that Mikey got the winner as I asked him for a goal and he delivered when it mattered.”



1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 P Johnson, 7 Stephenson, 8 Graydon,

9 Henderson, 10 Cogdon, 11 Peacock.

Subs Used:

McAndrew on for Peacock

Roberts on for Graydon

Armstrong on for Cogdon

Subs Not Used:

A Johnson, Groves, Capper, Hayes.

Att: 643

Brighouse Town 9th September 2014 Evo-Stik Div.1 North

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Spennymoor Town bounced back to winning ways with an emphatic victory at Brighouse Town on Tuesday night. Whilst Moors have failed to score at home this season, they have hit the net nine times on their travels to make it three wins from three on the road to sit in 5th position in the Evo-Stik league division one north.

Moors handed a debut to former Sunderland and Hull City midfielder James Armstrong, and welcomed back skipper Chris Mason and striker Gavin Cogdon to the team that was held by leaders Salford City on Saturday.

Brighouse started the game on the front foot and forced Moors keeper Adam McHugh to tip over a shot, then after the home side forced three corners in succession, Spennymoor broke away and scored the opening goal in the 13th minute. Cogdon’s cross was headed down by Armstrong for Lewis Dodds to shoot at goal; it was collected by Liam Henderson who fired past Brig keeper Jacob Giles from 6yds.

Moors enjoyed more possession and created further chances, Henderson picked up a pass from Cogdon and struck a first time shot past the post with Giles motionless, then the goal scorer glanced a header wide from a flowing move.

Moors went even closer as a Kallum Griffiths corner was met by Paul Johnson who watched his header hit the woodwork. At the other end, the ever alert McHugh then pulled off a good save to deny the home side, and on the stroke of half time Spennymoor doubled their lead through Mason’s 30yd screamer that beat Giles all ends up for an early goal of the season candidate. It was the perfect tonic to the end of a good half from Moors following the frustrating stalemate on Saturday.

Brig came out the second half all guns blazing and forced two early corners before pulling a goal back when Isaac Baldwin evaded a last ditch tackle from Griffiths to fire a low shot past McHugh into the corner on 50 minutes.

Moors were rattled at this point, but nevertheless reinstated their two goal cushion when Cogdon fired through the legs of Giles from an acute angle. The three points were as good as safe in the 67th minute when Moors scored their fourth through Dodds who tapped home after good work by Henderson sent Peacock into the area and he unselfishly picked out Dodds to score.

Brig were still searching for another goal and put the Spennymoor goal under pressure as Ernest Boafo headed wide, then Moors keeper McHugh was fouled under his crossbar by a home defender.

Moors had brought on all three substitutions and were content to soak up the pressure when Johnson blocked an effort and McHugh comfortably saved a free kick, but Moors finished the game strong and had chances themselves and deservedly take all three points back home to County Durham with an impressive win.


1 McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Johnson, 7 Armstrong, 8 Graydon, 9 Henderson, 10 Cogdon, 11 Peacock.

Subs Used:

Capper on for Peacock

Archer on for Armstrong

A Johnson on for Henderson

Subs Not Used:

Groves, Roberts

Att: 267

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