5 - 1Full Time
Spennymoor Town cruised to a comfortable 5-1 victory against nine-man Gloucester City at the Brewery Field.
It was a dream start for Moors who took the lead within two minutes.
Some great play down the right between Rob Ramshaw and James Roberts saw the latter pull the ball back to Shane Henry who smashed the ball beyond Josh Bradley-Hurst to make it 1-0.
Gloucester City came close to responding almost immediately, with only a brilliant save from Matt Gould preventing the Tigers from equalising.
Jennison Myrie-Williams picked up the ball from range before unleashing a terrific strike that Gould managed to turn behind for a corner.
Despite a slight resurgence from the visitors, Spennymoor doubled their advantage with just nine minutes on the clock thanks to some magic from Ramshaw.
The ball was played into his feet and he produced a sublime backheel to send Glen Taylor through, and the in-form forward made no mistake in netting his 13thgoal of the season.
Gloucester’s first half got even worse when Myrie-Williams was sent off ten minutes before the break.
The experienced winger had initially been booked for a tackle out of frustration on Ramshaw, however just seconds later referee John Matthews gave him his marching orders for dissent.
The restart saw continued dominance from Moors and Ben McKenna came close to making it three with a terrific strike.
The winger cut in from the left before sending a shot towards goal which Bradley-Hurst had to tip over his crossbar.
Spennymoor did manage to make it 3-0 shortly after though thanks to a finish from Roberts on the hour mark.
Substitute Mark Anderson made an immediate impact with a clever pass that carved open the Tigers’ defence, allowing Roberts all the freedom to grab his second league goal of the season.
Gloucester rarely posed any threat to Spennymoor’s backline all afternoon but did come close when Joe Hanks’ free kick flew just inches over the crossbar.
Anderson caused Gloucester all sorts of problems following his introduction, and he was influential in the home side grabbing a fourth.
His delightful lofted ball found Ramshaw who squared across the centre of the box, leaving Jamie Chandler with the simple job of finishing past the keeper.
The visitors did manage to grab a consolation, with left-back Vincent Harper cutting in from the left before drilling the ball beyond the reach of Gould.
Any slim, slim chance of a comeback was reduced moments later when substitute Zack Kotwica was shown a straight red card for a high foot on James Curtis.
Anderson sealed the win late on with a deflected strike that wrongfooted Bradley-Hurst to make it five.
The victory takes Spennymoor up to twelfth in the National League North table, cutting the gap between them and Gloucester City to just one point.
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