Billingham Town 9th October 2010
Moors were emphatic winners when they tore apart Billingham Town at Bedford Terrace thanks to a four goal salvo from top scorer Michael Rae. The former Hartlepool United striker took his season’s tally to ten league goals and close in on the golden boot charts. Boss Jason Ainsley handed a debut to Stephen Harrison at right back after the Blyth defender completed his move at the end of the week, and on loan Chris Moore regained his place after being ineligible for the Vase win at Bedlington Terriers. Another new signing David McTiernan was named as a substitute.
Spennymoor dominated from the start to the finish, and were unfortunate not to be ahead inside the fist ten minutes. Firstly, Moore had a shot blocked after cutting inside, then Gavin Cogdon peeled away but his shot hit the side netting from an acute angle. Stephen Capper then set up Rae who took an extra touch before a home defender got a block in, and Rae again was foiled this time by Town keeper James Briggs. A Moore corner was only half cleared and Harrison almost opened his account on his debut with a low shot that went inches wide. Moors did finally break the deadlock through a superb individual piece of magic from Anthony Peacock who cut open the Town defence to slip the ball into the path of Rae who hammered a shot into the top corner past a static Briggs. Moors were rampant, and it was soon 2-0 when Michael Laws was tripped inside the area, which allowed Rae to fire home the penalty.
Cogdon almost extended the lead when he raced away but his low shot just flashed past the upright, and then Capper had the ball in the net but his celebrations were cut short when the linesman’s flag was raised for offside. The home side rarely threatened, with keeper Craig Turns a mere spectator, but Spennymoor had to be alert to the Ariel threat of the hosts from set pieces, which Leon Ryan and Chris Mason comfortably won.
Moments after the start of the second half, the lead was increased when Rae completed his hat trick after Moore had a shot saved by Briggs, and the ball only came out as far as Rae who side footed into the net. Skipper Leon Ryan thumped a header which Briggs blocked, and sub Tommy English saw a tremendous 30yd strike superbly tipped around the post by a full stretched Briggs. Lewis Dodds sliced a shot wide, and Moore was brought down inside the area to allow Rae to notch his second penalty of the afternoon and complete a double brace after sending the Billingham keeper the wrong way from 12yds. McTiernan cut inside only to see a shot parried by Briggs, and then Rae saw another shot blocked after excellent overlapping play from Harrison. The rout was completed when Capper got away down the left to see his teasing cross turned into his own net by Alan Cossavella to end a miserably day for Billingham.
1. Craig Turns, 2. Stephen Harrison, 3. Chris Mason, 4. Lewis Dodds, 5. Leon Ryan(c), 6. Stephen Capper, 7. Chris Moore, 8. Michael Laws, 9. Michael Rae, 10. Anthony Peacock, 11. Gavin Cogdon.
Steven Richardson on for Gavin Cogdon.
Tommy English on for Anthony Peacock.
David McTiernan on for Lewis Dodds.