Report: Spennymoor Town 0-0 Chorley (Moors win 3-1 on penalties)

  • James Curtis makes return from injury
  • Taylor strikes bar in dominant second half performance
  • Game ends goalless after 90 minutes
  • Eve saves three Chorley penalties in shootout

Attendance: 387

Buildbase FA Trophy Second Round

Spennymoor Town 0

Chorley 0

Moors win 3-1 on penalties

Dale Eve saved three penalties in a tense shootout as Moors progressed to the Third Round of the Trophy against Chorley.

Following a goalless draw after 90 minutes, Moors were near perfect from the spot as Eve denied The Magpies on three separate occasions.

Tommy Miller made three changes from the side who were beaten against Gateshead in Moors’ previous fixture, with James Curtis making a welcome return after six weeks out.

Carl Magnay made a return from suspension, while Brad Abbott replaced Luke Spokes in midfield.

The visitors, who went into the contest 3rd in the National League North, started the brighter of the two sides, with Scott McLean almost heading into his own net after a high looping ball into the area.

Moors responded with a sustained spell of pressure and possession but found chances hard to come by at a chilly Brewery Field in need of a spark.

The visitors created the better of the chances in a flat first half, seeing a powerful header from Mike Calveley saved well by Eve.

The Magpies continued to threaten but wasted a host of promising opening and positions, seeing efforts fly over the bar from Billy Whitehouse and Jon Ustabasi respectively.

Rob Ramshaw had Spennymoor’s clearest chance of the first 45 minutes, steering an accurate shot which Matt Urwin clawed away from the top corner.

Moors emerged from the break a different side and began to assert their dominance on the fixture, with Magnay’s header being cleared off the line from a corner.

The excellent John Lufudu was a constant outlet for Moors down the right wing, with his pace and deliveries into the area pinning Chorley back in their own box.

Kenton Richardson came close with a stinging drive from distance before Ramshaw saw a header sail over the crossbar as Moors pressed for a winner.

That winner almost arrived seven minutes from the final whistle when Glen Taylor’s free-kick deflected onto the top of the crossbar and behind.

With a place in the next round against Radcliffe Borough up for grabs, the tie was to be settled via a penalty shootout in front of the fans in the Great Annual Savings stand.

Taylor, Abbott and McLean all scored for Moors, with Eve expertly denying Harry Cardwell and Whitehouse to put Spennymoor in a dominant position.

Richardson had the opportunity to send Moors through but was denied by Urwin, but it didn’t matter, as Eve sprung to his right to save Will Tomlinson’s spot kick.

Spennymoor Town (5-3-2): Eve, Lufudu, Curtis (C), Richardson, Magnay, McLean, Chandler, Moke, Abbott, Taylor, Ramshaw.

Subs not used: Sikora, Thompson, Kennedy, Flatters, Mason, Hall, Spokes.

Chorley: Urwin, Halls, Leather (C), Baines, Goodridge, Tomlinson, Calveley, Ustabasi (Blyth), Whitehouse, Shenton (Scarborough), Cardwell.

Subs not used: Smith, Birchall, McHale.

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