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Spennymoor’s slow start to the campaign continued as they were heavily beaten by league leaders York City at The Brewery Field.
Jason Ainsley made two changes to the side that began the game at Farsley Celtic, with Callum Williams replacing the stricken Carl Magnay, while Mark Anderson replaced the previously ever present James Roberts.
On a sweltering August afternoon in front of a crowd of over 1500, Spennymoor were playing on their new state of the art pitch for the first time.
Spennymoor began brightly through the lively Ben McKenna when he set up Glen Taylor, but the striker put his shot over bar.
Mark Anderson then had an effort, which was goal bound, cleared away by Joe Tait. That signalled the start of the away sides dominance as they began to heap the pressure on Moors’ backline.
They took the lead on 18 minutes through a stunning free-kick from Sean Newton following a challenge from Jamie Chandler on Kieran Green.
Newton whipped the ball around the wall and into the top corner, leaving Matt Gould routed to his spot.
Two goalies clearances prevented further York goals, with Jamie Chandler and Stephen Brogan clearing from Green and Jordan Burrow efforts respectively.
But, with the pressure constantly cranking up, York did eventually find their second of the afternoon when James Curtis turned Tait’s fired cross into his own net.
Two became three as a shellshocked Moors side failed to recover, former Spennymoor defender Kallum Griffiths firing in from distance after being allowed to gallop forward uncontested.
However, Moors gave themselves a welcome lifeline before the interval when Andrew Johnson’s cross on the byeline was turned in by the vibrant McKenna.
A flat Brewery Field was given some encrouagment in the early stages of the second half as Moors created a number of guilt-edge chances.
First, a corner was headed into the path of Shane Henry, who from eight yards out, blasted the ball marginally over the bar, before Johnson connected with a Williams cross, but he could only fire wide.
Moors were made to pay for squandering those opportunities when Adriano Moke expertly curled the ball into the top corner fifteen minutes from time.
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|24th August 2019||3:00 pm||National League North||2019/20||1563|