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Report: Spennymoor Town 1-3 York City

  • Willoughby converts from close range
  • Sam Fielding own goal gets Moors back into contest
  • Donaldson puts Minstermen in charge at the break with tap-in
  • Beck taps in after flurry of missed Spennymoor chances

Attendance: 2,635

Spennymoor Town 1

Fielding 21 (OG)

York City 3

Willoughby 13

Donaldson 45

Beck 72

Spennymoor wasted a host of guilt-edge chances as they suffered a second successive Bank Holiday defeat against York City.

Moors were dominant for large portions of an engrossing match, but after spurning a trio of chances in the second half a 2-1 down, Mark Beck’s close range finish ended all hopes of a fightback.

Tommy Miller made three changes to the side beaten at Leamington, with Carl Magnay, Adriano Moke and Frank Mulhern replacing Brad Abbott, Mark Anderson and Stephen Thompson.

A Brewery Field packed with both home and away supporters was a cauldron of noise as the two teams played out a frantic opening period.

Frank Mulhern, drafted in for his first start of the season following an assist against Leamington, called Pete Jameson into action after just three minutes, but his effort was easily saved.

Glen Taylor, who was looking to bounce back after missing a spot-kick on Saturday, connected well with Scott McLean’s deep cross but could only guide the ball over the bar.

Just as Moors were beginning to stamp their authority on the contest, a costly loss of possession in midfield from Mulhern saw The Minstermen break to take the lead.

Paddy McLaughlin fed Clayton Donaldson down the right hand side, with the striker’s low cross being turned in at the back post by Kurt Willoughby.

Backed by a healthy following contingent, Steve Watson’s side were denied a second goal thanks to some last ditch Spennymoor defending.

A deep free kick was headed across the six yard box by Sam Fielding towards Willoughby, with his volley being saved initially by Dale Eve before a block on the line saw the danger clear.

That moment proved to be a turning point in the first half as Moors were handed a large slice of luck.

McLean’s cross towards Taylor was cleared away by Jameson, but only as far as Fielding, with the ball striking the defender and looping into his own net.

Spennymoor took control of the game once again from that moment, going close with a Rob Ramshaw strike and a near miss at the back from Taylor.

The game entered its first lull ten minutes before the break, with Moors still in the ascendancy, however, it was York who led at the interval against the run of play.

Donaldson was the goal scorer, finding himself in the right place at the right time and tapping into an empty net following a cross which whizzed through James Curtis and Eve.

The game’s hectic pace and intensity continued after the restart, with Fielding testing Eve before Moors began to forge out glaring openings.

The first fell to Taylor, who after receiving a ball across the area from Ramshaw, scuffed a shot wide, which, by his lofty standards, was a big miss.

Moors continued to pile forward, going close through McLean, but were grateful for Eve’s reflexes after he denied a snap shot from Beck.

Mulhern was next to squander in front of goal, failing to beat the impressive Pete Jameson after being released one on one with the York goalkeeper.

Jamie Chandler tried his luck next, receiving a pass from Ramshaw deep in the area before bending a shot wide of the post from eight yards.

Those missed chances predictably came back to haunt Moors, with York scoring a carbon copy of their first two goals to put the match beyond Miller’s side.

Matty Brown leapt highest at the back post to lay it on a plate to Beck, who grabbed a deserved goal for a dominant display.

That third goal drained the energy from Moors’ players and supporters as York managed the game and claimed their first win of the season.

Spennymoor Town: Eve, Lufudu , Magnay, Curtis, Tait, Chandler, Ramshaw, Moke,  McLean, Mulhern (Anderson 64), Taylor.

Subs not used: Flatters, Kennedy, Thompson, Hall

York City: Jameson, Dyson, Brown, Fielding, Charles, McLaughlin, Wright, Woods, Donaldson, Willoughby, Beck.

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