Ramshaw double in dominant Moors victory

Monday 28th December 2020  |  Gateshead International Stadium  |  National League North

1-3

Final Score

  Olley 90

 

  Taylor 6

  Ramshaw 51, 72

Match Report

A dominant and accomplished performance, aided by a first half Jordan Cook red card, saw Moors claim a valuable three points against fellow play-off hopefuls Gateshead.

An early goal from Glen Taylor and two Rob Ramshaw efforts against his former side, both assisted by Taylor, shot Moors up to 7th in the table.

Cook’s rash and late challenge on the excellent Adriano Moke left the referee no choice but to show a straight red card mid way through the first half, allowing Moors to take full control of the contest.

Greg Olley struck a fizzing shot from range which beat Dale Eve as the game entered it’s final knockings, giving The Heed a barely deserved consolation.

Tommy Miller unsurprisingly made six changes from the Boxing Day draw at Darlington which also brought a change of shape.

Moors began with a spring in their step and took the lead just six minutes into the contest, and it was the combination of Frank Mulhern and Glen Taylor which paid off immediately.

After Adriano Moke’s storming run ended with a pass inside to Mulhern, the striker wriggled clear of two Gateshead defenders before spotting his strike partner in space six yards out.

Taylor netted his eight league goal of the campaign with ease, firing low past a helpless Oliver Battersby, and Moors’ number nine came agonisingly close to doubling his tally moments later.

A perfectly weighted cross to the back post found Taylor peeling away from his marker, but a goal line clearance via the crossbar came to Gateshead’s rescue.

It was Mulhern’s turn to go close soon after when he failed to steer Rob Ramshaw’s deep cross in, before The Heed broke clear through left back George Smith, but he dragged his effort wide.

A frantic opening period continued as Jason Kennedy almost scored a spectacular goal which would have been his first in a Spennymoor shirt, but the busy Battersby turned his left footed shot around the post.

Moors took a tighter grip on the game midway through the first half when a rash and late challenge from Gateshead striker Jordan Cook left Moke in a heap on the turf. The referee took his time before brandishing a straight red card.

Gateshead responded well to falling down to ten men, with Dale Eve doing well to rush out and deny Jordan Preston a certain leveller.

Miller showcased his frustration on the touchline as Moors failed to build on the man advantage, but did go close when Mulhern and Taylor both had efforts which went the wrong side of the post.

Gateshead began the second half well, but Moors finally found a crucial second goal six minutes after the restart, giving the hosts a mountain to climb and Spennymoor clear daylight.

Taylor was the architect, keeping Buddle’s long ball upfield in play before expertly picking out Ramshaw. The former Heed midfielder was confident enough to take the shot first time, slamming in his fourth goal of the season.

Two should have been three just before the hour mark as Mulhern passed up a glorious chance, striking straight at Battersby after good work from Kennedy in the centre circle.

It wasn’t to be Mulhern’s day, with the striker passing up another guilt edge chance shortly after when his close range header went straight into the gloves of a grateful Battersby. Mark Anderson replaced Mulhern soon after, and the midfielder had a hand in Moors’ third goal.

His lofted ball over the top found the superb Taylor who claimed his second assist when he fed a square pass to Ramshaw, with Moors number 10 gleefully tapping in at the back post.

Moors were minutes away from back to back away clean sheets for the first time since February 2019, only for Olley to strike from distance to deny Eve a third shutout of the season.

Line Ups

SpennymoorGuiseley
13. Dale Eve1. Brad Wade
3. Adam Blakeman'60 Hall 2. John Lufudu
5. Nathan Buddle3. George Cantrill
6. James Curtis (C)4. Andrai Jones
2. Tyler Forbes5. Hamza Bencherif (C)
16. Jamie Spencer6. Lebrun Mbeka
28. Jason Kennedy'70 Anderson 7. Adam Haw'45 Hey '77 Johnson
10. Rob Ramshaw8. Prince Ekpolo
9. Glen Taylor 9. Jon Wafula
20. Frank Mulhern'60 McKenna10. Andy Kellett
21. Scott McLean11. Nathan Newall
SubsSubs
4. Mark Anderson12. Brad Nicholson
7. Stephen Thompson14. Mark Howarth
18. Carl Magnay15. Dan Cowan
17. Ryan Hall16. Gabriel Johnson
11. Ben McKenna17. Lewis Hey

highlights

reaction

Man of the Match

Glen Taylor

On an afternoon where any of Moors' players could have been awarded MOTM, Taylor once again showcased his quality and importance. The striker scored the first and set-up both of Ramshaw's goals in the second half.

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