Spennymoor Town FCCurzon Ashton
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A second half hat-trick from Niall Cummins condemned Spennymoor to a rare home defeat as Curzon Ashton scored four times in an eventful second half.
Moors, buoyed by two consecutive league wins, raced out of the blocks and were unlucky not to take the lead when David Foley curled an effort wide of the post.
Foley was then denied by the linesman who raised his flag after Mark Anderson cleverly flicked the ball into his path, disregarding Foley’s composed finish.
Kallum Griffiths was the next Moors player to try his luck, but his curling effort from the edge of the box struck the side netting.
However, Moors deservedly took the lead from their next attack. Bradley Fewster, starting his first game for the club, delivered a cross which Foley headed straight at Cameron Mason, but he could only parry to Anderson who swept in.
Despite finally making the breakthrough, Spennymoor showed no signs of taking their foot of the gas and doubled their advantage through Glen Taylor seven minutes later.
Taylor, still clearly smarting from his injury time winner last weekend, collected a throw in before finding space and curling an exquisite shot past the reach of Cameron Mason.
The linesman prevented Moors from adding a third minutes later when he adjudged Taylor of being in an offside position when he slammed home a cross at the back post.
A first half controlled by Spennymoor came to a fiery conclusion when both sets of players clashed following an incident between Shane Henry and Chris Rowney. Mason was booked in the aftermath – a moment which was pivotal early in the second half.
Ben Wharton, anonymous up to that stage, flicked a ball into Cummins who was upended by Mason. The Moors captain was shown a second yellow card and was given his marching orders, changing the balance of the game and proving costly for his side.
Cummins, who won the penalty, saw his spot kick brilliantly saved by Porter, but The Nash’s top scorer this season pounced on the rebound.
Foley was once again foiled by the linesman’s flag shortly before the hour mark in another tight call, with the winger seeing his sublime effort ruled out.
As the game’s pattern unsurprisingly flipped, the visitors began to see more of the ball, and they were level when Cummins expertly fired past Porter after a clever knock down from Chris Rowney.
It went from bad to worse for Spennymoor two minutes later when Curzon Ashton were awarded a second penalty. Ashton captain Joe Guest burst through an open Moors backline and was brought down by Porter, who picked up a yellow card and faced the prospect of trying to keep out another Cummins penalty.
This time however, Cummins sent Moors’ keeper the wrong way and completed an unlikely comeback for Curzon given their insipid first half showing.
Wharton secured the three points and added insult to injury when he side footed home in the box following good work from Richard Baker ten minutes later.
Spennymoor Town: Porter, Griffiths, Mason, Tait, Chantler, Dixon, Henry, Fewster, Anderson (Curtis 51), Foley (Hall 77), Taylor. Subs not used: Dan Lowson, Andrew Johnson.
Curzon Ashton: Mason, Baillie, Guest, Shaw, Howson, Regan, Rowney, Marshall (Wright 57), Cummins, Wharton (McKenzie 90). Subs not used: Max Leonard, Luke Clark, Matthew Crothers.
Great Annual Savings Man of the Match: Glen Taylor
|14th October 2017||3:00 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|The Brewery Field|
|156 Wood Vue, Spennymoor DL16 6RH, UK|