Ryton 12th October 2010
League champions Spennymoor Town brushed bottom club Ryton aside with an 8-1 win at the Brewery Field, but they didn’t have it all their own way after a nervous first half to the game. Manager Jason Ainsley told the Northern Echo: “We were very sloppy in the first half, and I had to read the riot act at half time. The players didn’t work hard enough when they didn’t have the ball.”
Moors took an early lead through Steven Richardson following a great run by Lewis Dodds, but a defensive mistake allowed Ryton to equalise through Chris Arnott to silence the home crowd, incidentally Moors’ lowest of the season. Moments earlier, Craig Turns produced a stunning one handed save as the visitors enjoyed a good spell of pressure. However, on-loan Chris Moore – playing his final game for the club before returning to Darlington – put Spennymoor back in front with a left foot finish after a poor clearance from the visitors and Moors couldn’t add to their tally during the remainder of the first half despite dominating.
But in the second half, Dodds’ bursting run into the area saw him tripped by a Ryton defender and Michael Rae smashed home the spot kick to extend the lead. Moors were now on the crest of a wave and the fourth home goal arrived just seconds later when outstanding skill shown by Stephen Harrison in the right corner saw his teasing cross lashed home by Richardson from close range. Richardson completed his hat trick when sub Anthony Peacock played in the Moors striker who finished with aplomb, then another sub Gavin Cogdon scored his first of two with a close range finish following superb play by Stephen Capper. As expected, it was one way traffic and David McTiernan scored his first goal for the club moments after coming onto the field with a back post header from Tommy English’s deep cross. Things got worse for Ryton who conceded an eighth a minute before the end when Cogdon raced a way to drill the ball under the keeper and into the net to complete the scoring. This win puts Spennymoor second in the table, two points behind leaders Consett with a game in hand. Moors have now scored a mammoth 19 goals in their last three league games.
1.Craig Turns, 2.Stephen Harrison, 3.Chris Mason, 4.Lewis Dodds, 5.Leon Ryan©, 6.Stephen Capper, 7.Chris Moore, 8.Michael Laws, 9.Michael Rae, 10.Steven Richardson, 11.Tommy English.
Anthony Peacock on for Chris Moore.
Gavin Cogdon on for Michael Rae.
David McTiernan on for Michael Laws.