First Team - Match Reports

Saturday 17th December 2016
Stourbridge 1 - 1 Spennymoor Town

Spennymoor Town were cruelly denied a deserved three points when F.A.Cup heroes Stourbridge scored a controversial free kick in the seventh minute of stoppage time to earn a share of the points at the War Memorial Ground.

Moors were furious that the referee continued to play on for an additional three minutes over the allocated time and substitute Drew Canavan punished Moors with a well taken free kick to land a sucker punch to a battling Spennymoor performance.

Moors made one change to the team that beat Mickleover Sports last weekend as Jamie Chandler returned from a three game suspension to replace Andrew Johnson.

The Glassboys had the better opening and settled much better than Moors, and used Tom Tonks' long throw to good effect as the skipper launched balls into the Moors area but Andy Rafferty and the Moors back line defended well.

Against the run of play Moors were handed a golden opportunity to take the lead when Jack Duggan misjudged a ball into his path and allowed David Dowson the chance to break away with just keeper Matt Gould to beat however the stopper spread himself to block Dowson's effort.

Moments later with Moors getting more into the game, great build up play from Chandler saw him race into the area but once again Gould came out on top with a brave block to deny the busy schemer.

Mark Anderson and Shane Henry both tested Gould with shots as the half came to a close, meanwhile The Glassboys looked a threat breaking forward with the league's top scorer Luke Benbow and the pacy Matt Dodd on the right wing prominent.

The second half started with Stourbridge creating the first chance when Dodd's cross was met by the head of Danny Scarr but James Curtis was perfectly placed to clear off the line, and Moors won a corner after good work by Dowson which Anderson curled over but Glen Taylor headed straight at Gould.

The game was becoming stretched as both sides had crosses into the area cleared, and in the 59th minute Moors got the breakthrough when Kallum Griffiths crossed from the right and Anderson looped a header over Gould into the far corner.

Moors were on the front foot and almost added a second when another corner by Anderson was cleared to Henry who struck a rasping drive from 25yds which Gould blocked. Curtis then planted a header just past the post from Anderson's flag kick, before Ian Watson headed over a dangerous cross from the left with the home side pushing for a goal in a grandstand finish.

Benbow curled a free kick just wide for the hosts, and Moors broke with Chandler showing great energy to advance into the home half and win a corner.

The game was in stoppage time when Curtis suffered an unsavoury off the ball challenge from Benbow and a mass brawl followed with Joe Tait and Duggan receiving cautions, and Benbow's challenge going unpunished.

Moors counter attacked and Anderson fired straight at Gould before a free kick was awarded that Benbow took and it struck the arm of Chandler and the referee brought the free kick forward for Canavan to curl home. It was very harsh on Moors who did enough to win the game against a very good side, as they defended resolutely throughout and had the better chances in the game.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Andrew RAFFERTY

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Ian WATSON

4 Jamie CHANDLER

5 Joe TAIT (c)

6 James CURTIS

7 Rob RAMSHAW

8 Shane HENRY

9 Glen TAYLOR (16 Graeme ARMSTRONG)

10 David DOWSON

11 Mark ANDERSON (12 Chris MASON)

Subs Not Used:

Adam MITCHELL

Andrew JOHNSON

Dan LOWSON (GK)

Att: 682

 

Saturday 10th December 2016
Spennymoor Town 3 - 0 Mickleover Sports

Spennymoor moved up to fifth in the EvoStik Premier Division table with a comfortable 3-0 win over Mickleover at the Brewery Field.

Moors were without the suspended Jamie Chandler and unavailable Craig Gott, however, took the lead with their first attack on 6 minutes, when Andy Johnson got around the back of the Mickleover defence on the left and pulled the ball back neatly for David Dowson to drive past Jake Eastwood from the corner of the six-yard box.

Mickleover didn’t show much until the 18th minute, when Clinton Morrison controlled a ball into the box from the left, and struck a left foot shot from 12 yards that shook the crossbar.

Moors nearly went 2-0 up on 27 minutes when Andy Johnson was fouled 30 yards out and the ref allowed good advantage when Dowson picked the ball up and hit a low left foot shot that Eastwood saved low down to his right, then midfielder Rob Ramshaw tried his luck from 30 yards and the ball went just over the top.

Moors went close again when Kallum Griffiths chipped the ball forward perfectly into the box for Mark Anderson to poke his effort wide with just Eastwood to beat.

Moors deservedly went 2-0 up on 42 minutes when a Rob Ramshaw corner from the left was cleared out to Glen Taylor, who took the ball full on the volley and beat the keeper in the bottom left corner.

Moors started the second half well, and Mark Anderson tried his luck with a first time shot from 25 yards that Eastwood saved well, then in Moors next attack Johnson and Taylor seemed to get in each other’s way for a tap in a few yards out and Mickleover managed to clear, Mickleover should have pulled one back when Adam Baskerville helped the ball on from the left for Morrison just a few yards out, to volley into the hands of keeper Andy Rafferty.

It was all over on 82 minutes when Adam Mitchell controlled a diagonal ball on the left-hand side, sidestepped a defender and curled a lovely right foot shot into the bottom corner.

It ended a productive afternoon for Spennymoor who made it two wins from two and their first clean sheet in 10 league games to move into 5th place in the league.

“I was delighted with the performance, I thought our shape, work rate and attitudes were excellent,” said manager Jason Ainsley. “For example, I thought David Dowson’s work rate was exceptional, it was back to where we saw him last year.

“I was delighted with the goals. I thought we showed a good cutting edge and we created a number of chances.

“To keep a clean sheet was even better. We had to be bright and lively against a good team that included Clinton Morrison, but to keep a team like Mickleover out and restrict their shots on goal was excellent. We changed our system a little bit and got to grips with the game well.

“Every team in every league has a blip, and we’ve now overcome that. The problem is here at the Brewery Field, it’s a catastrophe. It doesn’t matter what standard you play at, you’ve got to win matches. We’re happy to be in the mix at Christmas, and we’ll kick on in the new year.”

Spennymoor Team:

1 Andrew RAFFERTY

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Ian WATSON

4 Rob RAMSHAW (16 Nathan FISHER)

5 Joe TAIT (c)

6 James CURTIS

7 Andrew JOHNSON (15 Adam MITCHELL)

8 Shane HENRY

9 Glen TAYLOR

10 David DOWSON (14 Graeme ARMSTRONG)

11 Mark ANDERSON

Subs Not Used:

12 Chris MASON

13 Dan LOWSON (GK)

Referee: Mr S Packer

Att: 478

 

Saturday 3rd December 2016
Ashton United 1 - 2 Spennymoor Town

Spennymoor Town ended a run of three straight defeats to earn a deserved win and revenge for last weekend’s reversal as both sides faced each other for the second time in seven days.

Moors this time kept eleven men on the field after going ahead through James Curtis' first goal of the season and after top scorer Glen Taylor doubled the lead in the second half, there was no way back this time for the Robins despite a late rally and goal from sub Matthew Chadwick.

Moors made one change to last weekend’s team as Jamie Chandler was serving the first of his three game suspension, and he was replaced by Rob Ramshaw who returned from injury after two weeks on the side lines.

It was a bright start from Spennymoor and their opening goal arrived in the 20th minute when Craig Gott's corner was delivered to Curtis who saw his bullet header fly into the back of the net. Ashton almost responded but Joe Tait produced a stunning block from Lee Gaskell when a corner was headed into the striker's path, however, Moors had further chances to double their lead but too often they let Ashton off the hook, as Taylor raced away with just the keeper to beat but his poor chip was easily saved by the advancing keeper Ritchie Branagan, but the Moors hit man made amends when he met Kallum Griffiths' pin point cross from the right to glance his header past Branagan and double the Moors lead in the second half. This came after Graeme Armstrong was denied by some backs to the wall defending by the hosts.

Skipper Tait almost made it three but his header was cleared off the line, and Ramshaw almost capped off a fine performance with a deserved goal but his shot from 25yds clipped the top of the woodwork, before Ashton staged a late rally when Chadwick got into the right hand side of the penalty area and after twisting and turning his shot beat Andy Rafferty and it set up a nervy last few minutes for Spennymoor. Chadwick was then inches away from completing an unlikely comeback but thankfully for Moors he put his effort wide with the goal at his mercy after rounding Rafferty.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Andrew RAFFERTY

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Ian WATSON

4 Craig GOTT

5 Joe TAIT (c)

6 James CURITS

7 Rob RAMSHAW

8 Shane HENRY

9 Glen TAYLOR (12 Andrew JOHNSON)

10 Graeme ARMSTRONG (15 David DOWSON)

11 Mark ANDERSON (14 Adam MITCHELL)

Subs Not Used:

Nathan FISHER

Dan LOWSON (GK)

Att: 212

 

Saturday 26th November 2016
Spennymoor Town 1 - 2 Ashton United

Ten Men Spennymoor Town lost their third game in a row when they were beaten 2-1 at home by Ashton United this afternoon.

After taking a one goal lead in the second half, the game turned against Moors when midfielder Jamie Chandler was sent off for retaliation following a foul from behind, and their frustration increased when Craig Gott had a late goal disallowed.

Moors started with plenty of promise, with Mark Anderson firing just wide left footed from the edge of the box, but Ashton replied with a 25 yard free kick by Lee Gaskell, which he curled into the hands of Moors keeper Andy Rafferty.

Moors nearly took the lead on 14 minutes when Jamie Chandler won possession on the edge of the Ashton box and played Graeme Armstrong in, and even though the centre forward got the ball past the advancing keeper, Stephen Mason did extremely well to get the ball off the line as he raced back.

Ashton went close at the other end on 25 minutes when Mason was first to an in swinging right wing corner that he headed against the bar.

Moors were denied by a great save by Ashton keeper Richie Branagan. Ian Watson did well to cross with very little space to work in from the left for Graeme Armstrong to head towards the top corner, but Branagan threw himself his right to save one-handed, and just on half time Mark Anderson ran through and crashed a right foot shot against the bar. 

Moors got a penalty on 56 minutes when the ref decided that Glen Taylor was pushed as he went for the ball in the area, a decision that Ashton hotly disputed -- and maybe Ashton thought that justice was done when Joe Tait casually chipped the penalty over the top.

Moors managed to break through three minutes later, when an inswinging corner came in from the right, and after the keeper made a good save from Armstrong, Tait bundled the ball in to redeem himself.

But Moors were reduced to ten men on the hour when Chandler was dismissed for retaliation when he was caught late by Richard Smith

And a minute later Ashton were level. From the free kick that followed Chandler’s indiscretion, Ashton had two shots charged down before Jack Dorney fired into the top corner from the corner of the box.

Ashton went 2-1 up on 75 minutes when Gaskell was left completely unmarked in the six yard box to head a right wing cross past the stranded Rafferty.

Two minutes later through Moors had the chance to level when Taylor got away 1 on 1, but Branagan blocked with his legs.

Moors’ frustration was complete when Craig Gott had a goal disallowed for offside.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Andrew RAFFERTY

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Ian WATSON

4 Craig GOTT

5 Joe TAIT (c)

6 James CURTIS

7 Jamie CHANDLER

8 Shane HENRY

9 Glen TAYLOR

10 Graeme ARMSTRONG (15 Andrew JOHNSON)

11 Mark ANDERSON

Subs Not Used:

Chris MASON

Adam MITCHELL

David DOWSON

Dan LOWSON (GK)

Referee: Mr J Matthews

Att: 512

 

Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Workington 3 - 0 Spennymoor Town

Spennymoor Town suffered their heaviest defeat of the season after Workington scored three times in the second half at Borough Park to condemn Moors to back to back defeats for the first time this season, writes Jonathan Le-Poidevin.

Moors were missing Jamie Chandler and Robert Ramshaw from Saturday's team due to injuries, but an eventful first half could have gone either way with Moors missing some glorious chances and Workington having a penalty saved by Andy Rafferty.

The second half, however, was a mirrored image from Saturday at Nantwich with Workington deservedly going on to win the game comfortable with three goals in a 13 minute spell.

Graeme Armstrong missed the first chance of the game when he fired wide from Adam Mitchell's pass with just keeper Aaron Taylor to beat, before Workington were awarded a penalty on 25 minutes for a foul by Moors keeper Rafferty on Jack Ryan, but Rafferty redeemed himself when blocked Jack Ryan’s kick, and then quickly regained his balance and blocked the follow up from the same player.

Moors had another chance when Mark Anderson broke clean through, but Taylor saved at his feet, and before half time Anderson had another good opportunity which he headed wide.

Workington improved in the second half, and took the lead on 56 minutes when Conor Tinnion beat a defender on the edge of the box and fired home, then a few minutes later Scott Allison burst through and beat Rafferty.

Joe Tait headed just over the bar as Moors tried to get back into the game, but they went 3-0 down on 69 minutes when Allison headed in a cross by Rob Wilson.

Moors nearly pulled a goal back late on, but Tait’s header hit the bar.

Spennymoor Team:

1. Andrew RAFFERTY

2. Kallum GRIFFITHS

3. Chris MASON (c)

4. Craig GOTT

5. Joe TAIT

6. James CURTIS

7. Adam MITCHELL (16 Glen TAYLOR)

8. Shane HENRY

9. Graeme ARMSTRONG (15 David DOWSON)

10.Andrew JOHNSON

11.Mark ANDERSON

Subs Not Used:

Ian WATSON

Tom CRADDOCK

Dan LOWSON (GK)

Referee: Mr J Mulligan

Att: 366

 

Saturday 19th November 2016
Nantwich Town 1 - 0 Spennymoor Town

Spennymoor Town went down 1-0 on their travels to in-form Nantwich Town who won their 6th straight game in the league thanks to Sean Cooke's 30yd opportunist strike in the first half which Moors failed to recover from, writes Jonathan Le-Poidevin.

The Moors were in control up until that point as they pressed high and enjoyed long spells of possession, however, they only had Kallum Griffiths' tame left foot shot on target which keeper Dave Parton comfortably saved. The home side looked lively on the break with the pace of Joe Mwasile and Osebi Abadaki but Moors contained them well and keeper Andrew Rafferty saved at the feet of Josh Hancock. An early blow to Moors was the loss of Rob Ramshaw with injury and he was replaced by Shane Henry. Graeme Armstrong was cutting a lone figure up front for Moors as worked tirelessly to try and galvanise an opening which their neat build up play deserved as he outmuscled Ben Harrison on the left as they both chased a ball played over the top and he drove into goal but dragged his shot wide of the mark.

Andrew Johnson was looking bright for Moors and after he cut inside and saw a shot blocked, moments later he switched a delightful pass into the path of Griffiths who turned onto his unfavoured left foot and fired low into Parton.

What turned out to be the winning goal arrived in the 35th minute against the run of play as Cooke picked up the ball from fully 30yds and he unleashed a powerful shot that dipped under the dive of Rafferty and into the back of the net. It provided a major setback for Spennymoor, but the half time interval arrived giving Moors the chance to plan out their revival of getting back into the game.

However, Nantwich had other ideas and with the momentum of having a goal, they turned the screw and peppered the Moors goal in the second half.

Full back Andrew White let fly from 25yds which Rafferty went full stretch to claw out the bottom corner and luckily for Moors the ball fell to centre half Harrison who fired wide from the rebound with the goal at his mercy.

Minutes later and Abadaki raced away with just Rafferty to beat but the Moors keeper blocked with his legs, and with Moors unable to stem the tide, Wayne Riley was also denied by Rafferty as he smothered at his feet inside the area, then impressive play from Riley saw his right wing cross met by Cooke who was somehow denied by a brilliant point blank save from Rafferty.

With Moors relying on their keeper to keep them in the game, they failed to trouble a strong Nantwich defence who at times crowded out Armstrong.

The home side again should have wrapped up the game when the pacy Mwasile got away but Rafferty again saved with his legs.

Moors had made all three substitutions and it wasn't until the 86th minute when they had their first effort on target in the second half when sub Glen Taylor turned and fired a shot from 18yds that Parton beat away, and Moors failed to create any further opportunities in the dying minutes as the home side celebrated a deserved three points.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Andrew RAFFERTY

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Chris MASON (c)

4 Craig GOTT

5 Joe TAIT

6 James CURTIS

7 Jamie CHANDLER (17 Mark ANDERSON)

8 Rob RAMSHAW (15 Shane HENRY)

9 Graeme ARMSTRONG

10 Adam MITCHELL

11 Andrew JOHNSON (16 Glen TAYLOR)

Subs Not Used:

Ian WATSON

Dan LOWSON (GK)

Referee: Mr T Kirk

Att: 300

Tuesday 15th November 2016
Stocksbridge Park Steels 0 - 2 Spennymoor Town

A youthful Spennymoor Town side containing five U18 players progressed into the next round of the Doodson Sport League Cup following a 2-0 away win at Stocksbridge Park Steels in Sheffield, Writes Jonathan Le-Poidevin.

Moors were captained by 40year old first team coach Alan White and much needed game time was handed to Ian Watson, Craig Gott, David Dowson and Glen Taylor as the latter was stepping up his rehab from an ankle injury sustained five weeks ago.

Despite all the changes, Moors went ahead midway through the first half when youth player Aiden Crooks broke into the area and fired a shot in off the post, and in the second half, the experienced David Dowson doubled the Moors lead after good work by Taylor. The reward for Moors progressing is an away tie at last year’s finalists Scarborough Athletic on Tuesday 10th January 2017.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Andrew RAFFERTY

2 Alex GOUNDRY

3 Ian WATSON

4 Craig GOTT

5 Alan WHITE (c)

6 Ellis TAIT

7 David DOWSON

8 Luke BAILEY (14 Steven TAYLOR)

9 Glen TAYLOR

10 Aiden CROOKS (12 Gareth McMAHON)

11 Bailey PRUDHOE (15 Tom CRADDOCK)

Subs Not Used:

Decklan GREENWOOD (GK)

Att: 74

 

Saturday 12th November 2016
Spennymoor Town 2 - 2 Stourbridge

Spennymoor Town missed a golden opportunity to move up to 4th in the league after they failed to beat a much changed Stourbridge side clearly with one eye on Monday's f.A.Cup 1st round replay with Whitehawk, whites Jonathan Le-Poidevin.

A draw ended a fair result, but both sides will perhaps believe they could have won it after squandering chances in an open game in front of a 545 Brewery Field crowd.

Moors made 3 changes to the team that came from behind to beat Ilkeston in midweek as keeper Andrew Rafferty replaced Dan Lowson, Ian Watson replaced the suspended James Curtis and Mark Anderson replaced Robert Ramshaw.

The visitors made 9 changes to their team from last weekend's draw in the F.A.Cup but Moors were slow to get going and lacked a cutting edge, however, Graeme Armstrong saw an header hit the woodwork then scrambled away from an excellent Adam Mitchell corner, then Mark Anderson failed to capitalise when the Glassboys failed to clear as his effort was deflected wide for a corner.

Stourbridge looked a threat going forward with Brandon Hague and Jordan Archer proving to be a handful, and the opening goal arrived on the half hour when captain Stuart Pierpoint met Brad Birch's cross from the left to bury his free header past keeper Andrew Rafferty at the back post.

The Glassboys almost doubled their lead moments later but Rafferty got down low to his left and push a powerful shot by Chris Lait around the post.

Moors continued to give away possession and lacked any real threat with keeper Matthew Gould not having a save to make. Opposite number Rafferty once again kept his side in it by holding a drive from Hague who drove on with a strong run from midfield. Shane Henry fired over from just outside the area before Spennymoor made three substitutions at once in the 62nd minute and within two minutes were on level terms as Rob Ramshaw - one of the three introduced - proved to be the game changer as he curled home a delightful shot from the edge of the area.

It came out of the blue, and things got even better for Spennymoor as a minute later they went in front as Ramshaw turned provider for Graeme Armstrong to tuck home from close range after excellent work by the Moors substitute inside the area to put the ball on a plate for the Moors' number 9.

The Moors had the momentum with the crowd behind them and they almost stretched their lead when Ramshaw cracked a shot from outside the area through a crowded goalmouth but keeper Gould produced a magnificent one handed save low to his left.

The game certainly exploded into life and Stourbridge got themselves level in the 70th minute with a brilliant run and finish from Birch who cut inside the area to drill a shot into the far top corner leaving Rafferty no chance.

Both sets of supporters were cheering their sides on in a grandstand finish as Hague went close for the Glassboys after racing into the area and under pressure from Joe Tait his effort beat Rafferty but the ball skimmed the top of the bar.

Rafferty then stopped Jordan Archer's shot at his near post and Glen Taylor glanced wide with a header from Adam Mitchell's cross with Moors looking for a breakaway goal in the closing minutes.

The game’s final chance came when Moors lost possession and Birch broke away but Joe Tait did well to get back and clear. The game was wide open at times although a defeat would have been harsh on either side as honours ended even in a good competitive game.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Andrew RAFFERTY

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Chris MASON (c) (14 Craig GOTT)

4 Jamie CHANDLER

5 Joe TAIT

6 Ian WATSON

7 Adam MITCHELL

8 Shane HENRY

9 Graeme ARMSTRONG

10 Andrew JOHNSON (17 Glen TAYLOR)

11 Mark ANDERSON (15 Rob RAMSHAW)

Subs Not Used:

David DOWSON

Dan LOWSON (GK)

Referee: Mr C Keightley

Att: 545

 

Tuesday 8th November 2016
Ilkeston 2 - 3 Spennymoor Town

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division

Spennymoor Town returned to winning ways after they came from behind to win a hard fought encounter with Ilkeston in Derbyshire on Tuesday night, writes Jonathan Le-Poidevin.

It was the first time this season Moors have bounced back from a goal down to win in five attempts, and the three points will be vital as they play catch up with the teams above them in the league following their F.A.Cup heroics. The result moves Moors into 6th place, and six points behind the leaders but with three games in hand.

Moors made two changes to the team that went down by the odd goal in five against League One MK Dons in the F.A.Cup on Saturday, as goal scoring hero Andrew Johnson and new signing Adam Mitchell were handed starts replacing Craig Gott and Mark Anderson.

In an eventful first half which Moors edged, Ilkeston took the lead against the run of play in the 24th minute when Ben Morris raced clear onto a through ball by Mark Shenton and he finished low past Dan Lowson.

Earlier, Johnson had cut in from the left but fired too close to keeper Ross Durrant, and a golden opportunity came for Moors when James Curtis headed over a corner at the back post when keeper Durrant failed to claim.

Graeme Armstrong then saw a header from another corner saved at the second attempt by Durrant before the hosts broke away and scored.

However, following a spell of further pressure by Spennymoor, the leveller was only a matter of time before it arrived but it was four minutes before the break when Mitchell - on his first start - capitalised when Durrant misjudged the direction of the ball and he tucked home into an empty net.

Mitchell then went close with an effort from the edge of the area which whistled past the post as Moors ended the half on the front foot.

A change was made by Moors at the break as Gott replaced Kallum Griffiths. The first ten minutes were evenly matched although Ilkeston had forced two corners and Lowson had to save well from Rose. On the break, Mitchell again went close but he fired wide.

With the game entering the final 25 minutes, the game was in the balance as both sides had openings but the home side were starting to edge it and force a winner as Moors had to defend deep against a lively side who won a number of corners.

Armstrong then almost put Moors in front on a rare break but Durrant saved from point blank range in an opportunity which Moors will feel they should have scored as the game had the feeling of it could go either way.

Spennymoor did take the lead in the 76th minute when neat build up play outside the area saw Armstrong roll in Jamie Chandler who finished across Durrant for a lovely goal.

It was Moors' turn to score against the run of play and this galvanised them to come close again but Curtis headed over and they continued to retain the ball well and in the 87th minute Armstrong wrapped up the win when he broke away and slid the ball under Durrant.

There was still time for late drama as Ilkeston pulled a goal back deep in stoppage time when Rose volleyed home, but Moors managed to hang on and bring home a much needed away win which was their 3rd on their travels this season.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Dan LOWSON

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS (16 Craig GOTT)

3 Chris MASON (c)

4 Jamie CHANDLER

5 Joe TAIT (17 Ian WATSON)

6 James CURTIS

7 Rob RAMSHAW

8 Shane HENRY

9 Graeme ARMSTRONG

10 Adam MITCHELL

11 Andrew JOHNSON (15 Mark ANDERSON)

Subs Not Used:

David DOWSON

Andrew RAFFERTY (GK)

Att: 283

 

Saturday 5th November 2016
MK Dons 3-2 Spennymoor Town

FA Cup 1st Round

Spennymoor Town crashed out of the Emirates F.A. Cup at League One MK Dons after they failed to recover from conceding three goals in the opening 15 minutes at Stadium MK in the First-Round Proper, writes Jonathan Le-Poidevin. Moors showed their full-strength opponents too much respect and struggled to get going in the opening stages, but they rallied when Joe Tait pulled a goal back and a much improved second half saw sub Andrew Johnson set up a grandstand finish with a superb solo goal with six minutes remaining.

It wasn't to be for a Moors side who give their all and backed on by an impressive away support the club can take great pride from the day after pushing a side 80 places and four leagues above them in the pyramid all the way to the very end.

Moors made two changes as keeper Dan Lowson and midfielder Craig Gott replaced Andrew Rafferty and Nathan Fisher from the team that beat Workington 4-1 on Tuesday night, and they set up in an unfamiliar 4-5-1 formation.

The Dons capped a strong start with an impressive opener on eight minutes when Ben Reeves made room for himself on the edge of the box and fired a superb 20-yard strike into the bottom corner.

It wasn't the start Moors were hoping for and it got worse when Brandon Thomas-Asante doubled the Dons’ lead four minutes later, smashing home from close range after Dean Lewington had initially done well to keep the ball alive when Moors failed to clear.

Things got even worse for Moors as Kieran Agard turned home Reeves’ cross from the right to make it 3-0 to Dons inside the opening 15 minutes.

The Spennymoor supporters, who had been great from the first whistle, had something to cheer on 19 minutes after Joseph Tait powerfully headed Gott’s free-kick into the back of the net.

Dons almost restored their three-goal lead immediately but Nicky Maynard’s effort was cleared off the line by Kallum Griffiths.

Maynard was again denied by a superb challenge shortly afterwards while, at the other end, Robert Ramshaw glanced a header wide before Gott forced a save from Lee Nicholls, albeit a comfortable one.

Opposite keeper Lowson was alert to deny Joe Walsh from distance before Maynard was twice thwarted in a matter of minutes – the second of which was a magnificent close-range stop.

Spennymoor enjoyed a good spell at the second start without really threatening while, at the other end, Maynard had the ball in the back of the net but it was ruled out for offside.

Nicholls was off his line quickly to deny substitute Andrew Johnson on 65 minutes, just a minute before Thomas-Asante was set free down the left but he was stopped in his tracks.

Shortly afterwards, Reeves fired over the top before substitute Kabongo Tshimanga was denied and Agard blasted over from 12 yards.

Agard curled an effort just wide of the top left-hand corner with 10 minutes to go as the Dons kept on pushing for further goals. Substitute David Dowson had a half chance for Moors after he peeled away but he scuffed his shot, However, Johnson pulled one back on 84 minutes to make things interesting, finishing superbly into the bottom right-hand corner after picking up a cross field pass from Griffiths to jink his way into the area.

Moors were roared on by their fans as they sensed an unlikely comeback was on the cards, but Nicholls gathered a long-range punt into the area from Lowson with ease while, at the other end, Lowson saved from Bowditch as the Dons relatively comfortably saw out the tie.

Spennymoor Team:

 1 Dan LOWSON

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Chris MASON (c)

4 Jamie CHANDLER

5 Joe TAIT

6 James CURTIS

7 Rob RAMSHAW (15 Andrew JOHNSON)

8 Shane HENRY

9 Graeme ARMSTRONG (16 David DOWSON)

10 Craig GOTT

11 Mark ANDERSON (18 Adam MITCHELL)

 Subs Not Used:

 Ian WATSON

Tom CRADDOCK

Glen TAYLOR

Andrew RAFFERTY (GK)

 Referee: Mr C Hatzidakis

 Att: 4099

 

Tuesday 1st November 2016
Spennymoor 4 - 1 Workington

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division

Spennymoor Town warmed up for their F.A.Cup 1st Round Proper tie with League One MK Dons on Saturday with a convincing midweek win over ten men Workington at The Brewery Field on Tuesday night, writes Jonathan Le-Poidevin.

Moors - fresh from being named Evo-Stik Premier Division team of the month for October - started November with a bang following a 4-1 victory over a Reds side who had David Symington sent off in the 36th minute for lashing out at Moors defender James Curtis.

The game was in the balance at the time and Moors didn't need any further invitations to return to winning ways and provide the perfect tonic ahead of Saturday's huge F.A.Cup game in Buckinghamshire as three second half goals gained Moors the three points.

Manager Jason Ainsley made three changes to the team that lost in the F.A.Trophy to Matlock Town as keeper Andrew Rafferty, lynchpin defender Curtis and striker Nathan Fisher replaced Dan Lowson, Ian Watson and Tom Craddock. New signing Adam Mitchell was named among the substitutes and top scorer Glen Taylor remained side-lined with an ankle injury.

Following a delay to the kick off as the Assistant Referee pulled up with injury, the game got underway almost fifteen minutes late when a replacement was found. The visitors made an explosive start with Moors struggling to get to grips with the pace and energy from a Reds side looking sharp in the final third.

It was against the run of play Spennymoor took the lead in the 18th minute when Graeme Armstrong picked up a pass from Fisher and he curled a delightful shot with his left foot into the top corner from 18yds.

Moors upped the tempo and started to find gaps in the Reds back line when skipper Chris Mason released Fisher into the area but his effort was blocked by the legs of keeper Aaron Taylor.

Another opportunity arrived for Moors when Fisher sent Mark Anderson into the area but his shot was saved by Taylor, before the Reds made Moors pay in the 34th minute when Elliot Newby beat the offside trap to race clear and chip the advancing Rafferty to level the scores.

With the game shaping up to be an exciting affair, two minutes later and Reds were reduced to ten men as Symington was spotted lashing out at Curtis who received treatment and referee Dean Hulme brandished the red card leaving Reds an uphill battle.

Moors pressed on and with a man advantage went close to going ahead when excellent work by Armstrong set up Fisher but his shot agonisingly hit the woodwork, then Armstrong met Kallum Griffiths' swinging cross but he could only glance wide of the upright.

The final chance of an eventful first half came for Reds as Rob Wilson found space in the area to cut inside but his shot was blocked by the feet of Rafferty and the follow up was cleared off the line by Griffiths.

Moors remained unchanged for the start of the second half and an early goal was crucial that arrived in the seventh minute of the re start when Anderson fired home his 9th goal of the season.

There was almost a shock leveller moments later when a shot by Conor Tinnion wasn't held by Rafferty but the Moors keeper made up for his spill by saving bravely at the feet of Scott Allison.

It was a half chance by Reds not taken and two goals in the space of three minutes from Moors ended the contest as first Anderson got away down the left from a clever Curtis flick and he squared for Fisher to fire home. Fisher was then brought down inside the area a minute later handing Moors a penalty which Joe Tait hammered home to hand Moors a three goal lead.

It was now all Spennymoor and man of the match Armstrong went on a surging run from right to left but Taylor blocked his shot from close range, and following changes by Ainsley that saw Mitchell, Andrew Johnson and Craig Gott all introduced, Mitchell curled over a free kick that went inches past the post.

On a rare Reds attack, Tinnion twisted and turned inside the area but fired over, before Mitchell almost had a dream debut with a goal as he ran onto Fisher's pass to round Taylor but from an acute angle he fired into the side netting.

Just as it did with the first half, Reds had the game’s final chance as James Earl forced a stunning reaction save from Rafferty who beat out his close range shot.

Moors, however, saw out the game despite themselves going down to ten men as Fisher left the field with an injury and all three substitutions used to move into 6th place in the League with three games in hand on the leaders and six points behind.

SpennymoorTeam:

1 Andrew RAFFERTY

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Chris MASON (c)

4 Jamie CHANDLER (15 Craig GOTT)

5 Joe TAIT

6 James CURTIS

7 Rob RAMSHAW (17 Adam MITCHELL)

8 Shane HENRY

9 Nathan FISHER

10 Graeme ARMSTRONG (14 Andrew JOHNSON)

11 Mark ANDERSON

Subs Not Used:

Tom CRADDOCK

Dan LOWSON (GK)

Referee: Mr D Hulme

Att: 570

 

Saturday 29th October 2016
Spennymoor Town 1 - 2 Matlock Town

Spennymoor Town crashed out of the Buildbase F.A.Trophy at the first hurdle following a 2-1 defeat against league rivals Matlock Town at The Brewery Field.

Curtis Morrison's 85th minute winner for the Gladiators proved decisive but it was a goal that Moors keeper Dan Lowson will feel he should have done better after letting the ball squirm under him from an acute angle.

It provided a hammer blow to Moors who were on top in the second half after Mark Anderson got the home side back on level terms following a lacklustre first half which Matlock were full value for their one goal advantage.

Manager Jason Ainsley made three changes to the team that was held at Buxton last weekend as Ian Watson, Anderson and Tom Craddock replaced James Curtis, Craig Gott and David Dowson in the starting line-up. Top scorer Glen Taylor was still missing with an ankle injury.

The Gladiators started the much brighter side as Moors struggled to find any rhythm, and it was no surprise when the visitors went ahead in the 12th minute although a slice of luck was behind Niall McManus' over hit cross from the left which sailed into the far top corner.

Moors huffed and puffed but they failed to trouble keeper Philip Barnes as Craddock fired over, Shane Henry's teasing cross was turned behind by Dwayne Wiley with Joe Tait waiting to tap home at the back post, and Rob Ramshaw volleyed over from 18yds.

A further blow to Moors arrived on the stroke of half time when Graeme Armstrong suffered an elbow to his eye and he was replaced by Nathan Fisher.

It was a further shuffle for Moors, but they upped the tempo in the second half to try and break down a resolute Matlock defence who defended immaculately throughout the first half.

Moors, however, got the breakthrough within four minutes as Anderson scored his 8th goal of the season when he latched onto Ramshaw's header and he slotted the ball under Barnes and into the net.

The goal handed Moors a huge lift as they came to life when Ramshaw met Kallum Griffiths' cross but his header was superbly tipped over the top by Barnes.

Anderson then broke away from Fisher's pass but Adam Yates produced a great last ditch tackle, then with Moors on the ascendancy Watson almost claimed his first goal for the club after advancing and playing a one-two with sub Andrew Johnson but he fired sraight into a Matlock defender from 12yds.

The visitors relied on quick breaks with Moors pushing right up the pitch and Marcus Dinanga fired straight at Lowson and McManus cut inside from the right but he fired inches past the far post.

It was Moors though who continued to look the more likely as Jamie Chandler fired a shot from 22yds which Barnes blocked with his legs, and Fisher met Henry's pass to turn on the edge of the area but he fired just over.

The winner arrived soon after when Dinanga tried to pick out Morrison but with skipper Chris Mason looking to shepherd the ball out for a goal kick the Matlock striker managed to slide behind and get a shot from an acute angle that caught Lowson by surprise and went through his legs and into the net.

The Gladiators almost rubbed salt into the wounds of Moors when Adam Yates let fly from 40yds that Lowson had to back pedal and tip over in the closing seconds.

Moors must now look to bounce back in the league on Tuesday night against Workington before their huge F.A.Cup 1st Round Proper tie at MK Dons on Saturday.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Dan LOWSON

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Chris MASON (c)

4 Jamie CHANDLER

5 Joe TAIT

6 Ian WATSON

7 Rob RAMSHAW

8 Shane HENRY

9 Tom CRADDOCK (12 Andrew JOHNSON)

10 Graeme ARMSTRONG (15 Nathan FISHER)

11 Mark ANDERSON (14 David DOWSON)

Subs Not Ued:

Craig GOTT

Andrew RAFFERTY (GK)

Referee: Mr M Gillespie

Att: 393

 
Saturday 22nd October 2016
Buxton 2 - 2 Spennymoor Town

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division

Spennymoor Town were forced to settle for a point against high flying Buxton in Derbyshire despite dominating the game for long spells. Moors had the incentive of an early goal, but further chances in an excellent opening half weren't seized upon, and a mistake by keeper Dan Lowson five minutes before the break allowed Buxton a lifeline, then after been on the back foot for the majority of the second half the home side went in front with their first effort on goal despite Moors hitting the woodwork and having further chances to get back in front which their possession and opportunities deserved.

And for the second time in a week, Moors showed great character to come back and earn a share of the spoils when Jamie Chandler scored with a brilliant effort from the edge of the area with just four minutes left.

Moors only made one change from the game at Grantham on Tuesday night when skipper Chris Mason replaced Louie Swain at left back, and once again, Moors started the game in the ascendancy, and got their rewards in the 3rd minute when Chandler scored his first goal for the club following his move from Gateshead when he picked up the loose ball inside the area from Rob Ramshaw's cross that wasn't cleared and he cleverly dinked the ball over keeper Jan Butdz into the net.

It was the perfect start and Moors continued to dictate after Graeme Armstrong went close with an audacious strike, and David Dowson met Ramshaw's square pass but his powerful shot was blocked. Ramshaw was in the thick of the Moors attack and he went close from Kallum Griffiths cross, before Buxton somehow found themselves level when a free kick was lofted into the Moors box that Lowson came for but misjudged the flight of the ball and it fell kindly to Joel Bembo-Leta who turned and fired into an empty net.

Moors still had time to carve out further chances when Ramshaw crossed for Joe Tait who couldn't keep his header down, then when home keeper Jan Butdz failed to hold a corner, James Curtis followed up but his close range effort was blocked on the line when a goal looked certain.

Armstrong came out for the second half early struggling with a dead leg and he was soon replaced by Tom Craddock.

Moors almost went ahead when Shane Henry was fouled on the edge of the area, and Griffiths' swerving free kick crashed off the post with Butdz beaten.

Following a succession of hand ball appeals by Moors that weren't given inside the area, they were finally awarded one when Danny Burns handled just outside the area and this allowed Griffiths with another free kick that hit a home defender and was deflected out.

The chances continued to come for Moors as Craddock latched onto a through ball and in the clear but he fired wide with just the keeper to beat, before the sucker punch arrived in the 76th minute as Buxton went ahead against the run of play. A fine ball from centre to the right hand channel saw Brad Abbott advance and he sent over a teasing low cross for Nicky Walker to slam home from close range.

It was harsh on Moors but nevertheless a well worked goal on the break by the home side.

However, the play continued to be in the Buxton half and Craddock saw a shot from the edge of the area saved by the legs of Butdz, then Ramshaw couldn't quite get his shot away from close range, and with both sets of supporters cheering their sides on, it was Moors who were celebrating when Chandler thumped home a shot into the top corner past a static Butdz from 18yds and it set up a grandstand finish.

Both sides then had chances but in the end it finished all square, and for Moors it was the second game in succession they have dominated but came away with only a point for their efforts.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Dan LOWSON

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Chris MASON (c)

4 Craig GOTT (14 Mark ANDERSON)

5 Joe TAIT

6 James CURTIS

7 Jamie CHANDLER

8 Shane HENRY

9 David DOWSON (17 Andrew JOHNSON)

10 Graeme ARMSTRONG (16 Tom CRADDOCK)

11 Rob RAMSHAW

Subs Not Used:

Louie SWAIN

Andrew RAFFERTY (GK)

Referee: Mr B Speedie

Att: 501

 

Tuesday 18th October 2016
Grantham Town 3 - 3 Spennymoor Town

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division

Spennymoor Town ended a run of four straight wins with a draw against Grantham Town on Tuesday night. Two late goals saw Moors turn the game around after the home side had led 2-0 and 3-1 in the second half.

It ended a frustrating night for Moors in front of goal after dominating the opening forty-five minutes having two efforts cleared off the line and being denied by keeper Jake turner, but they found themselves a goal down at the break against the run of play with a goal from on loan Notts County player Luther Wildin. The swirling wind and driving rain made conditions difficult for both sides, and a mistake by Joe Tait whose back pass didn't reach Dan Lowson allowed Grantham striker Felipe Barcelos to nip in and take the ball around the Moors keeper and slot into an empty net to double the Gingerbreads lead early in the second period.

It left Moors with an uphill task, however, they kept going and creating opportunities all to no avail, until the introduction of Mark Anderson who reduced the deficit midway through the half.

And with Moors pushing for a leveller, Grantham broke away and stretched their lead with a goal by Lee Shaw.

Moors continued to attack and were awarded a penalty when Shane Henry was fouled, and this allowed Tait to step up and fire home his second penalty in four days and set up a grandstand finish.

With the game stretched and Moors in the ascendancy, substitute Andrew Johnson completed the comeback in the last minute of normal time after slotting home, and he almost won it in stoppage time with a header.

The game ended with Moors picking up a point on their travels, and given the balance of play it was a fully deserved point especially after showing great character to come back, and the goals conceded by Moors this evening were their first for 6 games.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Dan LOWSON

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Louie SWAIN

4 Craig GOTT (17 Andrew JOHNSON)

5 Joe TAIT (c)

6 James CURTIS

7 Jamie CHANDLER

8 Shane HENRY

9 David DOWSON (14 Mark ANDERSON)

10 Graeme ARMSTRONG (16 Tom CRADDOCK)

11 Rob RAMSHAW

Subs Not Used:

Chris MASON

Nathan FISHER

Referee: Mr T Walker

Att:167

 

Saturday 15th October 2016
Lincoln United 0-3 Spennymoor Town

FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

Moors reached the 1st Round Proper of the F.A. Cup for the first time as Spennymoor Town following a brilliant 3-0 win at Lincoln United, writes Jonathan Le-Poidevin. First half goals from Joe Tait and David Dowson who capitalised on mistakes by home keeper Mario Ziccardi put Moors firmly in the driving seat and laid the foundations for a strong performance to safely progress into Monday's live draw on the BBC.

There was only one change to the team that hit seven against Skelmersdale United on Tuesday night as Top Scorer Glen Taylor's ankle injury ruled him out and handed Dowson a start to partner Graeme Armstrong in attack.

On a testing playing surface, It was a positive and ambitious start from Spennymoor roared on by a large following thanks to Chairman Brad Groves' wonderful gesture of laying on free travel, and they were rewarded in the 12th minute as Shane Henry showed great determination to close down keeper Ziccardi following a back pass and the ball hit the Moors schemer and fell into the path of Armstrong who won the race with the home keeper but he was pulled down leaving referee Joe Hull no option but to point to the spot. Under the old rules the home stopper would have received a straight red card, however a caution and penalty was gleefully accepted by skipper Tait who fired home the penalty and hand Moors the lead.

It was all Spennymoor as Lincoln couldn't get to grips with the attacking flair from Moors on either flank, and only a last-ditch tackle denied Rob Ramshaw who broke into the area, then a pin point cross from Kallum Griffiths on the right picked out Dowson but he failed to connect with his header as the ball flashed along the face of goal.

Lincoln did threaten on the break as Dan Lowson had to make an important save, then Sam Mularkey looked to have wriggled away but Moors managed to get back to foil the danger, and following a series of corners by the hosts Moors looked to have weathered the storm, and in the 27th minute, the lead was doubled. Ziccardi and a defender got in a mix up on the edge of the area and this left Dowson the opportunity to take advantage and run the ball into an empty net.

There were further chances still to come for Spennymoor in the first half as Armstrong headed down for Jamie Chandler to lift the ball over the keeper but wide of the post from close range, and Dowson had a shot on the turn that went over.

Lincoln made changes at the break and set up in a more attacking formation which saw them start on the front foot but once again Moors defended well, and on the break almost wrapped up the game when Armstrong broke into the area on the left and his cut back found Chandler who could only fire straight at the keeper.

The game was wide open and Griffiths then released Dowson away who beat the offside trap but after racing away with just Ziccardi to beat he fired too close to the keeper with the ball deflecting back off the Moors striker and out of play for a goal kick.

Lincoln then threatened when a free kick was played deep into the Moors box but Dan Lowson managed to back pedal and push the ball out.

In the 76th minute, Moors sealed their win when a Craig Gott corner was perfectly delivered to the head of Armstrong and he thumped his header into the back of the net.

Moors threatened to run away with the tie as Chandler got into the area and crossed for sub Tom Craddock to hit a volley which Ziccardi pushed out at full stretch, then in the final stages Louie Swain crossed from the right which Andrew Johnson headed over at the back post.

It ended a comfortable win for the Moors as they preserved their sixth successive clean sheet meaning it is 540 minutes since they have conceded a goal.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Dan LOWSON

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Louie SWAIN

4 Craig GOTT

5 Joe TAIT (c)

6 James CURTIS

7 Jamie CHANDLER

8 Shane HENRY

9 David DOWSON (16 Tom CRADDOCK)

10 Graeme ARMSTRONG (17 Andrew JOHNSON)

11 Rob RAMSHAW

Subs Not Used:

Chris MASON

Mark ANDERSON

Ian WATSON

Nathan FISHER

Andrew RAFFERTY (GK)

Referee:

Mr J Hull

Att: 578

 

Tuesday 11th October 2016
Spennymoor Town 0 - 0 Skelmersdale United

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division

Spennymoor Town continued their excellent run after they cruised to a 7-0 win over Skelmersdale United at The Brewery Field, writes Jonathan Le-Poidevin.

The result was the perfect tonic for Moors ahead of their F.A. Cup 4th Qualifying Round tie at Lincoln United on Saturday, however, it may have come at a cost with top scorer Glen Taylor limping off after nineteen minutes with a suspected broken ankle.

An unchanged Moors dominated the game from start to finish against a side missing four players from their excellent 4-0 win over Warrington Town on Saturday.

In the early stages of the game, Shane Henry sent over a cross field ball into the path of Kallum Griffiths but his excellent ball into the area failed to be converted, then a surging run from opposite full back Louie Swain ended with a shot that flashed wide. Taylor was denied by a great reaction save by keeper Martin Fearon, before the opening goal arrived in the 16th minute. Graeme Armstrong showed excellent determination to win the ball on the right of the penalty area to stride inside and lay the ball off to Henry who swept home.

Moors continued to be in control and Armstrong headed wide a Craig Gott corner, moments later and the lead was doubled in the 24th minute as Henry broke from midfield to advance into the heart of the Skelmersdale half and fire a sublime left footed strike into the bottom corner from 20yds.

It was almost three when another brilliant corner by Gott was flicked wide by skipper Joe Tait.

The remainder of the half saw Moors firmly on the front foot but to no avail, then once the second half got underway, the floodgates opened with a flurry of goals.

There was only a minute on the clock when Armstrong met a Rob Ramshaw cross to head straight at Fearon who couldn't hold, and when sub David Dowson followed up his effort was blacked by the keeper who deflected the ball into the air only for visiting skipper Robert Bodie to slice into his own goal when trying to clear.

Ramshaw then went close after cutting in but his shot went wide, then Moors stretched their lead in the 54th minute as Armstrong crashed a shot off the underside of the bar and into the top corner for a great finish that he deserved. It ended a flowing move by Moors who broke quickly from Dowson and Ramshaw who teed up Henry and he returned the favour to Armstrong for the first goal by teeing up the Moors striker on the edge of the area to slam home.

Ramshaw then glanced wide a Gott corner, before Henry completed his hat-trick in the 61st minute when he broke into the area from Dowson's pass and he drilled a low shot across the keeper and into the far corner of the net.

In a rare attack Skelmersdale went close through Luke Wall but he fired wide, before Dowson made it six in the 76th minute as he tapped home a low teasing cross from sub Andrew Johnson.

Moments later and another sub Tom Craddock finished off a lovely move that was instigated by Gott who released Johnson away down the left and once again he sent over a pin point pass to Craddock to steer home and complete the scoring.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Dan LOWSON

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Louie SWAIN

4 Jamie CHANDLER

5 Joe TAIT (c)

6 James CURTIS

7 Craig GOTT

8 Shane HENRY (16 Andrew JOHNSON)

9 Glen TAYLOR (14 David DOWSON)

10 Graeme ARMSTRONG (15 Tom CRADDOCK)

11 Rob RAMSHAW

Subs Not Used:

Chris MASON

Andrew RAFFERTY (GK)

Referee: Mr C Keightley

Att: 462

Man of the Match: Shane HENRY

 
Saturday 1st October 2016
Spennymoor Town 1 - 0 Chorley FC

FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round

Ten man Spennymoor Town progressed into the final Qualifying Round of the Emirates F.A.Cup thanks to Glen Taylor's 63rd minute winner, writes Jonathan Le-Poidevin.

Taylor headed in his 7th goal of the campaign for Moors to pull off one of the shocks of the round against Vanarama National League North high flyers Chorley as Moors picked up their third successive clean sheet and their fourth in their last five games.

The result was even more impressive especially after skipper Chris Mason was harshly sent off nine minutes before half time for a foul on Magpies striker Jason Walker.

Spennymoor made one change to the team that was held to a stalemate at Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night as Graeme Armstrong replaced Nathan Fisher in attack and it was a bright positive start from the home side who moved the ball around well and dominated possession. Taylor got into the area on the right but his low cross was cut out, then Chorley had an opportunity when a corner was played to the edge of the area but Jake Cottrell fired over.

Moors however gathered momentum and Shane Henry flashed a powerful drive from 18yds inches past the post, then Armstrong tried his luck with a snap shot that fizzed wide from 20ys. Moors were growing in confidence and playing the game in front of the Chorley defence as Henry again went for goal but he fired wide.

A major turning point in the game arrived in the 36th minute when Mason and Walker chased for a ball and after the Moors skipper looked to have won the tussle on the edge of the area as he headed back to keeper Dan Lowson, referee Will Finnie awarded a free kick and Mason a straight red.

Moors dropped Craig Gott into defence alongside the colossal James Curtis and the free kick by the visitors went straight into the wall.

The game threatened to boil over before the break as a similar challenge by Kieran Charnock on Armstrong ended with the Magpies defender being handed a booking, and Gott curled the free kick around the wall but Sam Ashton went full stretch to push out.

The second half began with Moors unchanged and Kallum Griffiths almost put the hosts in front when his cross cum shot from the right was heading for the top corner but Ashton back peddled and tipped over the bar. Armstrong then glanced Gott's corner just past the far post.

Chorley were starting to make the extra man count and carved out a number of opportunities as Adam Blakeman fired over, then a teasing cross from Matt Challoner was somehow missed by Sefton Gonzales. The visitors were stretching the Moors and Andy Teague crossed for Dale Witham to head off the foot of the post in the game’s best chance.

Slightly against the run of play, Spennymoor grabbed the lead when Ramshaw's deep cross picked out the towering Taylor to beat his marker Challoner and thump his header into the roof of the net from 6yds and send the 713 crowd into euphoria.

The magpies were back on the front foot and Gonzales fired straight at Lowson on the turn and after forcing a number of corners they were dealt with superbly by a resolute and determined Moors, marshalled superbly by Curtis.

Spennymoor almost caught Chorley out on the counter attack as Ramshaw broke away and he played in Jamie Chandler who fired over from outside the area, before a big opportunity for the visitors was turned around the post by Henry from a delightful low cross right across the face of goal by Teague.

As the game entered stoppage time, Moors were defending for their lives as Griffiths cleared off the line from a Gonzales header, then Lowson saved at the feet of the Chorley striker who looked detained to score in front of goal. Chorley ended the game with ten men as Blakeman limped off after they had used all of their substitutions, however, The full time whistle arrived with Moors celebrating after putting in an incredible performance against a side a league above them with only one defeat this season and for all of their endeavour it was no more than they deserved.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Dan LOWSON

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Chris MASON (c)

4 Jamie CHANDLER

5 James CURTIS

6 Louie SWAIN

7 Craig GOTT

8 Shane HENRY

9 Glen TAYLOR (16 David DOWSON)

10 Graeme ARMSTRONG (15 Andrew JOHNSON)

11 Rob RAMSHAW

Subs Not Used:

Nathan FISHER

Joe TAIT

Ian WATSON

Tom CRADDOCK

Andrew RAFFERTY (GK)

Referee: Mr W Finnie

Att: 713

Man of the match: James CURTIS

 

Tuesday 27th September 2016
Blyth Spartans 0 - 0 Spennymoor Town

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division

Spennymoor Town were held to a stalemate at local rivals Blyth Spartans in a game with few chances that saw Moors pick up their second successive clean sheet.

Moors were forced to make a late change to the team with Mark Anderson pulling up with an injury in the warm up, so Craig Gott came into the side for the only change following Saturday's 1-0 win over Stafford Rangers.

Spartans started and settled much the better side, Sean Reid firing over when well-placed and then moments later Moors had a sight of goal but Glen Taylor couldn't connect properly to test former Moors keeper Peter Jeffries.

Blyth however were back on the attack as Michael Liddle arrowed a shot just over from the edge of the area, then Jarrett Rivers twisted and turned but couldn't keep his shot down.

Moors were slowly getting into the game and Rob Ramshaw was presented with a half chance which he fired over, then Taylor was denied by a solid block from Nathan Buddle.

Spartans started the second half on the front foot as Robert Dale ran at the Moors defence and his cross was cut out by the impressive James Curtis.

The game was starting to peter out especially with neither keeper having to make a save, but you just felt it was Spennymoor who were the most likely to score as Spartans had lost their main goal threat Daniel Maguire through injury in the first half.

Jamie Chandler was the driving force for Spennymoor in midfield and with Moors making substitutions to try and carve out an opening, one of the subs Graeme Armstrong headed wide a Gott free kick, and Shane Henry perhaps missed the game’s best chance when he got into a great position but fired wide.

Moors mustered up the game’s final chance as sub Andrew Johnson forced Jeffries into a good save with a shot from outside the area as honours ended even at Croft Park.

Spennymoor Team:

1 Dan LOWSON

2 Kallum GRIFFITHS

3 Chris MASON (c)

4 Jamie CHANDLER

5 James CURTIS

6 Louie SWAIN

7 Rob RAMSHAW (15 Andrew JOHNSON)

8 Shane HENRY

9 Glen TAYLOR (16 Graeme ARMSTONG)

10 Nathan FISHER (14 David DOWSON)

11 Craig GOTT

Subs Not Used:

Joe TAIT

Andrew RAFFERTY (GK)

Referee: Mr D Fitzpatrick

Att: 818

 

Saturday 24th September 2016
Spennymoor Town  1 - 0 Stafford Rangers

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division

Spennymoor Town bounced back to winning ways following a narrow 1-0 win over draw specialists Stafford Rangers at The Brewery Field, writes Jonathan Le-Poidevin.

Moors' ended a roller coaster week with their second 1-0 win after suffering a first home defeat of the season against Whitby Town on Tuesday night, but Glen Taylor's 6th minute goal was much needed for Town who capitalised on the teams above them t