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Report: Tadcaster Albion 1-2 Spennymoor Town

Russell 28′  Thompson 33′  Anderson 59′ (pen)

Spennymoor came from behind to maintain their unbeaten pre-season campaign after a tight victory at Tadcaster Albion.

Tommy Miller made several changes to the side that began the 1-0 win over Hartlepool on Tuesday evening, with captain James Curtis returning to the side at the heart of the defence.

Jason Kennedy, Jamie Chandler and Stephen Thompson came in, with three Trialist’s also starting.

Following a subdued opening ten minutes which saw both sides scrapping for momentum, Moors created two half chances through Thompson and Frank Mulhern, both stopped by Albion’s goalkeeper.

The home side, backed by a healthy crowd at the Global Stadium, almost opened the scoring with a wonderful team effort, but number seven’s shot landed on the roof of the net.

Despite Spennymoor taking control of the contest and beginning to probe around the Albion penalty area, it was the home side who took the lead with a neat counter attack.

Tadcaster broke quickly and Cassius-Gill delivered a cross onto the head of Russell.

After his initial header was saved by Moors’ Trialist goalkeeper, the Tadcaster striker was first to the rebound to tap in.

That lead lasted a matter of minutes as Moors responded superbly, with Thompson expertly guiding a header into the far corner from an inviting cross from Trialist.

Moors unsurprisingly gained a surge of confidence from the leveller and both Anderson and Ryan Hall had goal bound strikes which were saved just minutes later.

Miller made his first change of the afternoon five minutes after the restart with Rob Ramshaw replacing Mulhern, and the midfielder should have scored with his first touch, but he couldn’t get a clean connection on Hall’s low cross.

Tadcaster’s goalkeeper continued to have an impressive afternoon when he first saved a Trialist’s header, before Anderson’s curling shot was tipped away with a strong hand.

The final twenty minutes of the contest was played out at a pedestrian pace after a flurry of substitutions disrupted the flow of the encounter.

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