Bradford (Park Avenue)Spennymoor
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Spennymoor finally broke the resistance of inspired goalkeeper Rhys Taylor in stoppage time as Adam Boyes netted against his former club to earn a point.
Both Moors and BPA had chances in a game low on quality, but both sets of players were left disappointed after the referee’s full time whistle.
There were two changes to the side who swept aside Blyth Spartans on Tuesday evening, with Nathan Buddle and Andrew Johnson replacing Carl Magnay and Dan Ward.
Jake Hibbs returned to the squad after being recalled from his loan spell at Buxton, taking his place on the bench alongside Under 18 midfielder David Webb.
Moors created the game’s first chance just before the ten minute mark when Johnson cut in on the left flank before sweeping a shot just past the post.
But, it was the lively hosts who took advantage of some sloppy Moors defending to take the lead through Brad Dockerty when the striker slipped a ball under Matt Gould despite the keeper getting a touch.
The goal denied Moors a second clean sheet of the week after gaining their first against Spartans on Tuesday, and they struggled to create chances in a disjointed opening 30 minutes.
Johnson, who was Spennymoor’s brightest spark during the first half had half a chance when his shot was blocked by debutant Josh Heaton, before James Roberts forced Rhys Taylor into a superb one handed stop at his near post.
Despite the half being largely error ridden and devoid of quality, both sides had big chances on the cusp of the interval.
Lewis Knight found himself in on goal with Gould and with acres of time to pick his spot, but the winger was denied by an alert save.
At the other end it was Johnson again who was involved for Spennymoor, forcing the impressive Taylor into another brilliant stop.
The home side came out with confidence in the second half and had a trio of guilt edge chances to double their lead, with two falling to Knight.
First the winger forced Gould into another save, before he somehow managed to side foot an effort wide of the post after he rounded the goalkeeper, leaving him with an open net to aim at.
Moors failed to relive the pressure on their goal and allowed the home side to break forward again, with Dockerty coming close to nudging past an inspired Gould.
That proved to be the last chance for the hosts as Moors ramped up the pressure and began to cause chaos in a frantic BPA penalty area, being denied by a continuous wave of blocks and clearances.
The pressure finally told as the game entered stoppage time when Buddle flicked on to Boyes who toe poked past Taylor to earn a deserved point for Moors.
Moors are in Durham Challenge Cup action on Tuesday against Darlington Town at The Brewery Field.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Bradford (Park Avenue)||1||0||1||Draw|
|14th September 2019||3:00 pm||National League North||2019/20||402|
|The Horsfall Stadium|