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Full Time


A second half double from substitute Mark Anderson inspired Moors to victory over bottom of the league Bradford (Park Avenue), providing the perfect start to a busy festive schedule.

Jason Ainsley gave Jack Earing, a loan signing during the week, an instant debut at the heart of the midfield alongside Jamie Chandler.

Stephen Brogan was given the nod over Christopher Mason at left back, while Ryan Hall’s starring role in the 2-2 draw at Leamington a fortnight ago earned him another start.

The game’s first opening arrived just before the ten minute mark, with defender Nathan Buddle heading just wide of the post following a spell of Spennymoor pressure.

Avenue, who headed into the clash bottom of the table, held their own in a scrappy opening twenty minutes before the match burst into life with a big chance for both sides.

First, Oli Johnson and Nicky Clee exchanged passes down the left before the latter delivered a cross onto the head of Tom Clare. The strikers header was on target but was well saved by Gould.

Moors responded immediately and were inches from taking the lead just a minute later. Earing won possession back in midfield and played in Rob Ramshaw, and after cutting in onto his left foot, he saw his effort deflect onto the crossbar, with Glen Taylor heading the follow up wide of the post.

That pocket of action was replicated ten minutes later when both sides had a chance within a minute. First, Taylor saw his goalbound header blocked, before Avenue broke quickly through Johnson.

The lively striker found Isaac Marriott in acres of space inside there area, but the midfielder hurried his effort, allowing Gould to easily collect.

Avenue were made to pay for their lack of cutting edge as Moors went ahead ten minutes before the half time interval. Ben McKenna was the architect, sliding a ball down the wing to Rob Ramshaw. He kept his cool and slid the ball under Tom Nicholson.

That goal swung the contest firmly in favour of Moors who almost doubled their lead when Hall’s looping effort kissed the top of the crossbar.

A subdued start to the second half exploded into life when a strong challenge from Carl Magnay on Alex Hurst left the Avenue bench incensed, with the referee opting to show the Moors defender a yellow card.

The visitors were the better of the two teams in a subdued second period, going close to an equaliser when Tom Clare flashed a shot just wide of the post.

Just as the visitors were starting to build up some momentum going forward, Spennymoor pounced and took their only chance of the second half at that point.

Hall brushed aside his marker in the area before sliding a ball to Taylor who somehow scuffed his effort onto the post from three yards.

Mark Anderson, just introduced from the bench, was quickest to react and smashed the rebound into the roof of the net, providing Moors with some much needed breathing space.

Anderson applied the icing on an early Christmas cake five minutes from time with a sublime finish to wrap up the three points.

The midfielder met a bouncing ball on the edge of the area, slamming a half volley into the top corner, showing tremendous technique in the process.

The game ended on a sour note for Moors after Carl Magnay received a second yellow card for an innocuous challenge on Alex Hurst, meaning he will be suspended for one of the festive fixtures.


1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Carl Magnay Defender
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Nathan Buddle Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Ryan Hall 15 Midfielder
8Jack Earing 14 Midfielder
9Glen Taylor 16 Forward
10Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
11Ben McKenna Midfielder
12Christopher Mason Defender
14Mark Anderson 8 Midfielder
15James Roberts 7 Forward
16Adam Boyes 9 Forward
17Andrew Johnson Midfielder

Bradford PA

Clean Sheet
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Bradford PA000Loss


Date Time Competition Season Attendance
21st December 2019 3:00 pm National League North 2019/20 1097


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