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Spennymoor Town maintained their perfect start to the season after bagging three goals in four minutes at the end of the first half to beat Bradford Park Avenue 3-0.
Striker Glen Taylor struck twice just before half time before playing a major role in the third during a frantic spell to fire Spennymoor out of reach of the visitors.
Bradford Park Avenue were more than a match for Moors for the opening 30 minutes, dominating possession inside the host’s half of the pitch, but were limited to only one golden opportunity before Taylor’s brace dragged Spennymoor into the lead with the help of a third from Andrew Johnson.
Winger Wayne Brooksby stung the palms of goalkeeper Daniel Lowson on 12 minutes before Tait had to block from Boyes who had wriggled free inside the area.
Nicky Clee’s corner then somehow evaded everyone in the box, bouncing just yards from the goal-line and out for a goal kick on the other side.
Taylor was alive at the other end to pounce on James Knowles’ mis-control and pulled back to Foley, but his shot was blocked.
Bradford’s best chance of the first half came on 25 minutes as another wicked delivery was headed just over the bar from six yards by centre-half Knowles.
The visitors then linked a beautiful passing move together. A string of at least 20 passes saw them move the ball from back to front and across the pitch. The final delivery was floated onto the head of Boyes, but he could only head straight at Lowson.
Moments later, the game came alive when Glen Taylor rose highest in the box to slam home a deflected Ryan Hall cross with his forehead after the winger flew past left-back Matty Hill.
Taylor again netted a header just a minute later when another deep delivery required him to stoop and head home from a tight angle just a couple of feet from the floor. His quick reflexes allowed him to beat the floundering Bradford defenders to the ball.
Then, only four minutes from Taylor’s first goal, the Moors forward stretched to get his head to another delivery from the right, nodding down for Matty Dixon. With everyone expecting a shot, Dixon intelligently chipped a cute delivery from the inside-left channel onto the head of Andrew Johnson to guide into the bottom right corner.
Spennymoor flexed their muscles in the second half with a string of well-worked passing moves that should have seen them extend their lead.
Hall bamboozled the struggling Knowles and his pull-back to Johnson was side-footed off the heel of Glen Taylor. Moors then inadvertently blocked another goal-bound effort from Taylor after he’d dumped Knowles on his backside and driven towards the edge of the box, but his strike hit Hall.
The closest Bradford came to a goal was in the 66th minute. It was the result of substitute Cameron Lyn’s run through the centre of the pitch, teeing up striker Adam Boyes, but Lowson spread himself to divert the finish onto the crossbar.
Some late showboating almost resulted in Spennymoor turning the game into a rout. Ramshaw’s mid-air back-heel found Orrell, who knocked first time out to Hall. He then delivered a pinpoint return to Orrell, who saw his placed finish blocked in front of ‘keeper Steve Drench.
The Gaffer’s thoughts:
The game finished with Spennymoor as deserved winners, to the delight of their manager.
Jason Ainsley said: “I’d have snapped your hand off for three wins from our first three games this season.
“When you get to this level, the quality can punish you, so I’m really pleased with all of my players, who I have to say are giving me everything so far. You can see it in the results.
“I actually think we didn’t get started until about the half-hour mark and then we’ve ran away with it.”
The Brewery Field
Daniel Lowson, Christopher Chantler, Matthew Dixon, Joseph Tait, James Curtis, Ryan Hall, Robert Ramshaw, Glen Taylor, Andrew Johnson (SUB: Jamie Chandler), David Foley (SUB: Jake Orrell).
Spennymoor unused substitutes:
Chris Mason, Jordan Porter, Graeme Armstrong
Bradford Park Avenue lineup:
Steve Drench, Matty Hill, Jamie Spencer, Gianluca Havern, James Knowles, Wayne Brooksby, Danny Bushell (SUB: Nicky Boshell (SUB: Cameron Lyn)), Adam Boyes, Oli Johnson (SUB: Lee Knight), Nicky Clee
Bradford Park Avenue substitutes:
Ryan Toulson, Ed Hall
|15th August 2017||7:45 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|The Brewery Field|
|156 Wood Vue, Spennymoor DL16 6RH, UK|