The Moors moved into fourth spot of the Evo Stik North Division One after an impressive display in the Lancashire Capital. The evening didn’t start well for the visitors as the journey to the match was frought with traffic delays meaning a late arrival at The Giant Axe Stadium, which in turn led to a shorter preparation time for the game but in the full scheme of things the delay seamed to improve an already confident Moors side rather than hinder them.
The home side who now sit 9th in the table started the game well with Wearing and Taylor posing early threats to the Spennymoor goal with some good movement in the final third, but it wasn’t all one way traffic as Spennymoor found their feet and came into the game, Michael Roberts crashed
a twenty five yard free kick onto the bar with a little help from Hale in the Lancaster goal, just before the half hour the hosts best chance of the game fell to Hunter but his shot was turned round the post by Adam McHugh with Wearing And Taylor involved again.
The home side looked in control as again they breached the Moors back line through Taylor but again McHugh was more than equal to the task, Spennymoor were also now finding opportunities as Kallum Griffiths began to pepper the Lancaster box with superb crosses that were mere inches from his targets of Roberts and Liam Henderson, Anthony Peacock and Stephen Capper also came more and more heavily involved in the later part of the first period as we got a glimpse of what was to come in the second half, on 37 mins the deadlock was broken by Moors frontman Liam Henderson, Andrew Stephenson chased down Kilifin and then went past two more players before sliding in Henderson whose First time shot flew beyond Hale into the bottom corner, Lancaster’s response was swift and Wearing found time in the box but watched as his header went wide of the post, with the game really opening up both clubs were creating chances the best for Spennymoor was a reaction volley from Peacock which went agonisingly wide on 40 mins and then right on halftime Taylor smashed his shot of the base of Mchugh’s post from a tight angle, a terrific half ended with the Moors in the lead.
The visitors doubled their lead in the 51st minute Marshall was adjudged to have handled the ball whilst sliding across the pitch to deny a cut back from Roberts, up stepped Tait to convert the spot kick to strike beyond
Hale’s reach, that’s two in two for him, it seemed to infuse the Moors as they enjoyed a huge amount of possession for the next 20 mins with Peacock,
Capper, Stephenson and Roberts terrorizing the home defence, it was soon 3-0 as Stephenson headed past Hale, 65 mins in Gavin Cogdon made it 4-0, Lewis Dodds played in Roberts down the right hand side and his pin point centre found Cogdon who thumped the ball into the roof of the net, Lancaster made changes but it still wasn’t enough to counter act Spennymoor as they created chance upon chance to improve their advantage, however in the closing stages Lancaster regained some pride as Thomas Wood tapped home in the 87th minute to complete the scoring, a very happy Moors boss Jason Ainsley left the field to the applause of the travelling Moors Casuals and said ” tonight was one of those performances a manager dreams of from his players, we were excellent all over the pitch ” in truth it sets the club up well for Saturday’s tough F.A. Trophy game at Harrogate he added ” each game poses new threats, their striker is our leagues top scorer so we will have to be prepared ”
1.McHugh, 2 Griffiths, 3 Mason, 4 Dodds, 5 Tait, 6 Capper, 7 Stephenson, 8 Henry, 9 Henderson, 10 Roberts, 11 Peacock.
Cogdon on for Henry
Fisher on for Henderson
Graydon on for Roberts
Subs Not Used:
P Johnson, Sayer.