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Report: Spennymoor Town 3-1 Curzon Ashton

Saturday 5th December
The Brewery Field
National League North

Spennymoor Town 3-1 Curzon Ashton

Ramshaw double inspires rejuvenated Moors

match report

Spennymoor returned to winning ways with an accomplished victory over Curzon Ashton, aided by a Rob Ramshaw double.

Ramshaw was excellent throughout an engrossing encounter which also Ben McKenna score his first goal of the campaign in the dying stages.

Harry Flowers’ towering header ten minutes into the second half threatened to haul The Nash back into contention, but Moors were well worth a valuable three points.

Jason Ainsley made four changes to his starting eleven, bringing in the experienced trio of Carl Magnay, Joe Tait and Mark Anderson, as well as winger Stephen Thompson.

Following an aggressive and bright start from Spennymoor, the game’s opening exchanges came to a halt when Nash captain Dale Whitham was forced off following a clean but hard challenge from James Curtis.

The game’s first clear sight of goal arrived in simple fashion when a routine ball over the top found former Boston striker Dominic Knowles, but his shot on the angle was thwarted by the alert Dale Eve before being cleared by Curtis.

Moors hit back as the game began to open up, with Stephen Thompson’s acrobatic effort fizzing into the gloves of the grateful Cameron Mason.

Curzon failed to heed the warming shot fired by a pumped up Spennymoor side, and after a long ball up field found the onside Rob Ramshaw, he took a beautiful touch before prodding his shot past Mason.

That goal, much needed following a 2-0 defeat against Guiseley on Tuesday, led to more chances, with the best of them falling to goal scorer Ramshaw.

First, he headed wide from a Thompson cross, before Mason did superbly to tip his goal bound strike over the bar.

The visitors posed little threat after a lively opening, with a new look defensive set-up dealing well with the attacking threat of Knowles and Alex Curran.

The second half began in scrappy fashion with both sides unable to get a foot on the ball and build a sequence of passes.

That phase of play suited the visitors, and they claimed an equaliser eight minutes after the restart when Harry Flowers nodded in from six yards after a corner was half cleared high into the air.

A swift response arrived as Ramshaw once again showed his class to double his personal tally, easily rolling his man before cutting inside and drilling a powerful drive past Mason.

Moors managed the game well over the next ten minutes before fashioning another chance which fell to Ramshaw yet again, but after a smart exchange with Glen Taylor, his shot was straight down the throat of Mason.

Curzon’s goalkeeper almost claimed an assist as Moors threatened to shoot themselves in the foot with some calamitous defending.

His long punt up field was allowed to bounce by Adam Blakeman, allowing substitute Jude Oyibo to nip and chest the ball down before turning a shot goal bound. Eve blocked the initial effort before the ball was scrambled clear.

Knowles was next to test Eve as The Nash began to gamble with the game entering its final stages, before Taylor’s shot was well saved by the impressive Mason.

Substitute Ben McKenna sealed the win when his shot bobbled past Mason following superb work by Ryan Hall.




13. Dale Eve

3. Adam Blakeman

18. Carl Magnay

19. Joe Tait

6. James Curtis

4. Mark Anderson

7. Stephen Thompson

16. Jamie Spencer

9. Glen Taylor

10. Rob Ramshaw

21. Scott McLean

Subs: Hall, McKenna, Buddle, Mulhern, Moke.


1. Cameron Mason

2. Jacob Hanson

3. Marcus Poscha

4. Dale Whitham

5. Harry Flowers

6. Paul Turnbull

7. Connor Hughes

8. Samuel Walker

9. Domonic Knowles

10. Alex Curran

11. Craig Mahon

Subs: Southern, McPartlin, Stokes, Oyibo.

next match

It’s a long Tuesday night trip to Brackley Town, with the game available to live stream via our hosts.

Match Centre: Curzon Ashton

National League North


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Saturday’s recently arranged fixture with Curzon Ashton presents Moors with a chance to bounce back from a disappointing defeat at the hands of Guiseley.

Moors have claimed one point from a possible six in the last week, a total which Manager Jason Ainsley described as “totally unacceptable” following a promising 2-0 win at Southport in mid-November.

Ainsley went on to say: “We are a team who always seems to pull something out the bag when we are facing adversity.

“We’ve got some big characters in the dressing room, but the first half on Tuesday is the worst I have seen us play in a long time.

“It looked as if it was just eleven players just putting a shirt on which was really disappointing.”

Curzon Ashton currently sit one place below Moors in the league, albeit having played four more games. A 1-1 draw at FA Cup giantkillers Chorley ended a two game losing streak, but The Nash will be aiming to improve an away record that has heralded just one win in six on the road.


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Tattersall to leave role as National League Chief Executive

The National League’s Chief Executive, Michael Tattersall, is leaving his current role at the end of the year, December 31st.

Joining in November 2015, Tattersall, 45, has overseen a period of sustained growth of the Competition, increasing it’s profile and commercial value.

Tattersall, has also been influential in the integration of an innovative six-team play-off structure and the formation of the National League Football Academy.

“It has been a privilege to serve as the CEO of The National League,” he said.

“I would like to thank my colleagues, our clubs, our commercial partners and the wider football family for their support and fellowship over the last five years.

Chairman of The National League, Brian Barwick, commented: “Michael has served the National League and its member clubs with great distinction since joining the organisation in 2015.

“He has shown outstanding professionalism, a comprehensive understanding of the sport – its competitive framework and associated business, all building on his life-long affection for the game.

“I have enjoyed a tremendous working relationship with him and, along with my fellow National League Board members, wish him well for the future.”

The National League wishes Michael well with projects he’s planned outside of the football industry, which begin early next year.

Report: Spennymoor Town 0-2 Guiseley

Tuesday 1st December
The Brewery Field
National League North

Spennymoor Town 0-2 Guiseley

A night to forget at The Brewery Field

match report

Guiseley inflicted a first home defeat of the season on a below-par Spennymoor following a night of frustration at The Brewery Field.

Goals in either half from Adam Kellet and Gabriel Johnson gave The Lions a deserved victory as Moors dropped to 10th in the National League North.

Jason Ainsley made two changes to the side who began Saturday’s 2-2 draw, along with a change in formation.

Frank Mulhern, who made an impressive cameo in the second half against Avenue, started for the first time since signing from Stockport County in the summer, while Jason Kennedy came in for Adriano Moke.

Those alterations saw Rob Ramshaw move to the right hand side, with Ben McKenna dropping to the bench.

The opening exchanges were littered with efforts from distance, with Andy Kellett firing wide for Guiseley and Glen Taylor stinging the palms of Brad Wade from distance.

The Lions should have taken the lead 15 minutes in following a long throw which caused bedlam in the Moors area, but Jonanthan Wafula swiped a shot wide from close range.

Despite their position in the table, the visitors were full of confidence and took the lead following a flowing counter attack which began with a Spennymoor set-piece.

Once Adam Haw burst down the left hand flank the warning signs were ringing for Moors, and once he found Kellet in space, the number 10 had the composure to bury a low shot past Dale Eve.

Moors were noticeably frustrated following a sloppy first half showing, and only a last ditch Nathan Buddle block denied Nathan Newall a goal bound effort shortly after the game’s first goal.

Kennedy had Moors’ only notable effort, spooning a header wide of the post following good work from Jamie Spencer.

The second half saw an immediate reaction as Moors upped their intensity levels, but, it was Guiseley who continued to create the game’s clearest opportunities.

Once again it was a chance carved out on the counter attack. Wafula played a cute pass into the stride of Prince Ekpolo, but, after Eve smothered his heavy touch, only a late slide from James Curtis rebounded Lewis Hey’s effort high over the bar.

Bombarding right back John Lufudu was next to threaten, skipping by Adam Blakeman before testing Eve’s reactions.

That spell of sustained pressure prompted Jason Ainsley to make a double change on the hour mark, with Ryan Hall and McKenna replacing Mulhern and Blakeman.

Despite Hall injecting some much needed life into the performance, Moors continued to flatter to deceive, and Lufudu once again came close when he showed nifty footwork to work room for a shot.

With time ticking away, it was clear that another late goal – a common theme this season – would be required in order to salvage a point.

That goal almost arrived as the game neared injury time when Scott McLean’s drive was only parried on to the bar by Wade, and when the rebound dropped back into the six yard area, it looked as if Taylor would have the simple job of tapping in yet another last ditch equaliser.

However, Guiseley’s keeper showed superb reactions to get to his feet and clear the loose ball, all but confirming the three points for the visitors.

That was not the last of the action on a night to forget for Moors as McLean’s loose pass allowed Johnson to slide in from six yards after Eve had saved an initial effort.





13. Dale Eve

3. Adam Blakeman

2. Tyler Forbes

5. Nathan Buddle

6. James Curtis

28. Jason Kennedy

20. Frank Mulhern

16. Jamie Spencer

9. Glen Taylor

10. Rob Ramshaw

21. Scott McLean

Subs: Anderson, Thompson, Hall, Magnay, McKenna.


1.Brad Wade

2. John Lufudu

3. George Cantrell

4. Anorai Jones

5. Hamza Bencheref

6. Lebrun Mbeka

7. Adam Haw

8. Prince Ekpolo

9. Jon Wafula

10. Andy Kellet

11. Nathan Newall

Subs: Nicholson, Howarth, Cowan, Johnson, Hey.

next match

Moors are back at The Brewery Field on Saturday. Curzon Ashton are the visitors, with the game live on Moors TV at 3pm.

Moors withdraw from cup

Spennymoor Town has withdrawn from the Durham Challenge Cup due to severe fixture congestion.

The club is currently the joint holder of the cup, having reached the final with Sunderland AFC in 2019/20.  The match was postponed and never rearranged due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it was decided that the clubs would share the title for the season.

The Moors’ fixture pile-up has also been created by the ongoing health crisis.  Two matches this season have already been postponed within hours of kick off, due to opposition players and officials testing positive.

Rearranging those fixtures and filling other spare weekends have proven difficult due to clubs isolating and unavailability, leading to a stop-start beginning to the 2020/21 campaign, which has seen the Moors play just seven league games.  By comparison, league leaders Gloucester City have played 11.

Spennymoor Town’s next match is tonight vs Guiseley in the Vanarama National League North.

Match Centre: Guiseley

National League North


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Moors take on Guiseley in the second part of Brewery Field triple header this evening looking to gather momentum ahead of a hectic month. 

It’s been a season of late goals to this stage, with Glen Taylor’s 84th minute equaliser on Saturday the latest in what is becoming a recurring theme on home soil.

Two goals from Lewis Knight looked to have snatched all three points for Bradford (Park Avenue), but, after Ryan Toulson was shown a straight red just moments after the restart, Scott McLean’s excellent cross was glanced in by Moors’ top scorer.

Guiseley are in need of a victory after a slow start to the campaign, registering a sole win in their opening seven league games. That came on the first night of the campaign back in early October against Blyth Spartans, with The Lions collecting just two points from a possible 18 since.

The two sides last met in August 2019, with Guiseley claiming a 3-1 win just days into the 2019/20 season.

Jason Ainsley has the option to call on Frank Mulhern after he impressed during a second half cameo on Saturday, while Ryan Hall will be hoping for a starting berth following his goal from the bench.


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Get your hands on the first ever edition of the Moors official club magazine, featuring 40 pages of content from across Spennymoor Town.

Featuring interviews with Jamie Chandler, Jack Evans, Paul Hughes and members of our Ladies Team, plus the inside story of Moors TV Live and the future of Spennymoor Town Youth FC.

Programmes will be posted first class upon purchase.

Unfortunately due to the latest lockdown restrictions, collection is not available.

Report: Spennymoor Town 2-2 Bradford (Park Avenue)

Saturday 28th November
The Brewery Field
National League North

Spennymoor Town 2-2 Bradford (Park Avenue)

Points shared after frantic conclusion

match report

Another late equaliser from Glen Taylor salvaged a point for Moors following a dramatic conclusion against Bradford (Park Avenue).

Lewis Knight’s double either side of a Ryan Hall equaliser looked to have ended Spennymoor’s unbeaten home record, however, following Ryan Toulson’s red card, Taylor headed in six minutes from full time.

The game began in hectic fashion, with the referee showing a yellow card to Avenue midfielder Toulson after a minute of action.

Scott McLean, continuing is role as a winger following a spell at full back earlier in the season, was denied by a combination of goalkeeper and defender soon after, before Mark Ross saw a shot blocked following a dangerous corner.

Moors failed to heed the early warning signs following a flurry of Bradford corner, with the away side taking the lead on eight minutes through Lewis Knight.

Luca Havern found space and managed to prod a ball through to the forward. Knight, who scored Avenue’s goal in the FA Cup against Moors in October, rounded Dale Eve and rolled into an empty net.

The visitors’ strong start continued, and they had a golden chance to double their advantage ten minutes later.

Knight cleverly backheeled to the overlapping Harry Boyes, and after his fizzed cross fell to Isaac Marriott ten yards out, he had the goal to aim at, however, Eve was up to the task and made a vital stop.

Moors bounced back in an all action opening period. Rob Ramshaw played a delightful one-two with Glen Taylor but dragged his shot wide beyond Dan Atkinson’s post.

The pattern of the game was evidently set, with Moors retaining a healthy portion of possession, while Bradford were more than happy to soak up the pressure and look for an opening on the counterattack.

An equaliser almost arrived five minutes before the interval when Nathan Buddle’s looped header struck the bar from a corner, however, Avenue went into half time with the advantage.

That advantage was almost doubled four minutes into the second half when Luca Havern expertly took down a high free kick before swivelling and curling a shot inches wide.

Ainsley acted ten minutes after the restart and sent on Frank Mulhern for Adriano Moke, signalling a switch to 4-4-2, providing a greater attacking emphasis.

Knight almost scored a goal of the season contender after a free-kick was recycled, with his 30-yard effort skimming the crossbar.

An amazing spell of football arrived twelve minutes of time, commencing with a Spennymoor equaliser which began with an Avenue corner kick.

Moors broke quickly, with Forbes’ cross eventually falling to substitute Ryan Hall who acrobatically volleyed over Atkinson, however, the resulting celebrations proved to be short lived.

Once Knight nicked the ball from Buddle on the far side, he had one aim in mind, cutting inside and skirting past James Curtis before bending a shot past the outstretched arm of Eve.

It was a blow for Moors who looked to have gained the momentum leading into the final stages of the contest, but they were given a lifeline when Toulson was shown a red card for kicking out at Taylor.

Now boasting an extra man, Moors immediately pinned Avenue in their own half and found an equaliser with six minutes of normal time remaining.

Scott McLean, who shifted into left back following Adam Blakeman’s withdrawal, whipped in a devastating cross which Taylor flicked beyond Atkinson.




13. Dale Eve

3. Adam Blakeman

2. Tyler Forbes

5. Nathan Buddle

6. James Curtis

8. Adriano Moke

11. Ben McKenna

16. Jamie Spencer

9. Glen Taylor

10. Rob Ramshaw

21. Scott McLean

Subs: Anderson, Thompson, Muhern, Tait, Kennedy.


1.Dan Atkinson

2. Mark Ross

3. Harry Boyes

4. Isaac Marriott

5. Luca Havern

6. Jordan Windass

7. Ryan Toulson

8. Jake Hibbs

9. Brad Dockerty

10. Lewis Knight

11. Nicky Clee

Subs: Sanyang, Huffer, Ibrian, Downing, Hussain.

next match

Moors are back at The Brewery Field on Tuesday. Guiseley are the visitors, with the game live on Moors TV at 7.45pm.