Saturday 22nd February
The Brewery Field
National League North
A dominant five-star performance cemented Spennymoor’s play-off ambitions as they swept aside Alfreton Town at The Brewery Field.
A penalty from Glen Taylor in the first half saw Moors lead at the break, before four second half goals from James Roberts, Nathan Buddle and a Rob Ramshaw double sealed a score line which didn’t flatter a superb Moors display.
Jason Ainsley named the same side that defeated Altrincham eleven days prior to kick-off, with the only alteration on the bench with Dale Eve replacing Andrew Johnson.
Spennymoor made the dream start to proceedings when Stephen Brogan’s corner, aimed towards the head of Taylor at the back post, saw the striker hauled down by Shane Killock.
The referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot, allowing Taylor to step up and score his first goal since he netted his 100thin the win at Gloucester at the start of the month.
Moors were utterly dominant for the opening twenty minutes of a one-sided contest, and only a stunning one handed save from Alfreton goalkeeper Jordan Wright denied Tyler Forbes his first goal for the club.
Wright tipped Forbes’ long-range strike, destined for the top corner, over the bar, with Buddle heading wide from the resulting set-piece.
The pressure continued to mount on a fragile Alfreton defence, and only the post denied a deserved second goal for Moors.
Ben McKenna flicked the ball into the path of Taylor, who, after slowing down his run, cushioned the ball into the rampaging Shane Henry, with his shot smacking off the post.
McKenna, involved in the build-up to that chance, had an opportunity of his own five minutes later when he collected Taylor’s knock down six yards from goal, but Wright sprang out quickly to stop his close-range effort.
Any worries that Moors would be made to pay for a host of missed chances in the first evaporated after a minute of the second period.
A quick throw-in found Forbes who burst into the area and found Roberts in yards of space. He opted to hit it first time and found the top corner with devastating effect.
Fresh from netting his 10thgoal of the campaign in all competitions, Roberts went in search of another but could only fire his effort wide of the post.
As the hour mark loomed, the dark clouds descended over The Brewery Field and brought a barrage of rain, snow and wind, commencing an expectably scrappy phase of play.
The sun soon re-emerged from the clouds and Moors found themselves three goals ahead shortly after. Brogan played a corner short to Henry, and with time on his side, he found the head of Buddle who towered above his marker to bury his second goal in consecutive games.
Three became four six minutes later when a deep corner was kept alive by Jason Kennedy, allowing Ramshaw to steal in on the line and tap in his 10thof the campaign.
Ramshaw was on the scoresheet again as the match headed into added time, with his teasing cross fooling the Alfreton defence and keeper Wright, eventually nestling in the bottom corner.
12. Mason 13. Eve 14. Anderson 15. Whitehouse 16. Boyes
12. Tomlinson 14. Breiter 15. Whitham 16. Tuton 17. Lynch
Roberts netted his 10th goal of the season in all competitions with a thumping effort two minutes after the break, capping another industrious display from the attacker.
Moors are back at The Brewery Field next Saturday when they host AFC Telford United.