5 - 0Full Time
Spennymoor claimed a much needed victory and their first clean sheet of the season with a comprehensive win over the ten men of Blyth.
Jason Ainsley was forced to make one change to the side who began the draw against King’s Lynn Town on Saturday, with Stephen Brogan coming in for the stricken Shane Henry.
There was further injury concern early on again when Dan Ward collapsed to the floor clutching the back of his leg after taking an early corner.
Moors looked to build on an impressive performance against the leaders and began brightly, and they were handed the initiative as early as 13 minutes when Spartans were reduced to ten men.
James Roberts’ pace, which was a constant nightmare for the visitors all evening, raced clear on goal and was hauled back by Joe Robson.
The referee had no choice but to send off the defender, and things went from bad to worse for Blyth when Brogan whipped in a tremendous free-kick into the top corner, opening the floodgates in the process.
Moors were once again handed a gift from Blyth three minutes later and Adam Boyes was the recipient on this occasion, sliding a shot past Mark Foden after a sloppy back pass from Hanami Amantchi.
It was one-way traffic from that moment on during a half dominated by Spennymoor, but despite creating a number of chances through James Curtis and Rob Ramshaw, Moors were unable to add to their advantage.
However, that changed just five minutes after the break when substitute Andrew Johnson cut in from the left flank before curling in a trademark strike into the far corner past the outstretched arm of Foden.
Moors could smell blood at this point and went close to a fourth when Roberts was inches away from turning in Boyes’ pass across the box, before Johnson was denied a second by Foden.
But there was nothing Foden could do just moments later when Roberts kept his composure to place the ball in the corner after Boyes’ header struck the bar and rebounded back out.
A fifth always looked like arriving, and it came seven minutes from time when the alert Johnson slid a low effort in six yards out after Boyes’ initial shot ricocheted into his path.
Moors make the trip to Bradford (Park Avenue) on Saturday afternoon.
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|10th September 2019||7:45 pm||National League North||2019/20||1217|