The Hudgell Solicitor Stadium
Bridlington 0-5 Spennymoor Town
Dominant Moors cruise to victory despite early red card
Spennymoor ran out convincing winners against Bridlington Town despite an early red card for Jamie Spencer as pre-season continued.
Spencer claimed an assist for the first goal of the afternoon, whipping a teasing ball across the box which Glen Taylor converted from close range .
But, the midfielder was soon shown a straight red by the referee after an off the ball collision with Bridlington’s number four.
However, despite having one fewer player on the field it was Moors who were the more dominant side, going close when Taylor’s free-kick was tipped around the post by the home keeper.
From the resulting corner, the ball was worked on to the head of a Trialist who found the bottom corner to deservedly double Spennymoor’s advantage.
Two soon became three when the lively Frank Mulhern latched on to Adam Blakeman’s ball over the top before cooly chipping the outrushing goalkeeper.
Jason Ainsley opted to substitute Taylor, Rob Ramshaw and James Curtis at the interval, with Ben McKenna, Jason Kennedy and Joe Tait, who re-joined the club this week, replacing the trio.
Bridlington improved after the restart and carved out a handful of half chances, but in truth, Moors were in full control of the contest despite playing with a man fewer.
Both McKenna and Mulhern had identical openings after the hour mark, with the duo running down on goal before rounding the goalkeeper and outfoxing two defenders.
However, when the shooting opportunity presented itself, McKenna was denied by a last ditch goal line block, with Mulhern seeing his effort tipped behind by the keeper.
Bridlington made a series of defensive blocks as the chances began to mount up, but their resistance was broken nine minutes from time when Tait powered a header into the corner following a pinpoint Mark Anderson corner.
Anderson was the architect behind Moors’ fifth soon after when he picked out Kennedy in the area. The midfielder chested the pass down before sliding a close range effort into the net to wrap up a convincing victory.
Moors head to Whitby Town on Tuesday evening in the next pre-season fixture.
- Trialist (Buddle 60)
- Curtis (C) (Tait 45)
- Ramshaw (Kennedy 45)
- Taylor (McKenna 45)
- Thompson (Anderson 60)
Unused subs: Norton