Stockport CountySpennymoor Town FC
3 - 2Full Time
KO KO 20 (p) 34 (p) 58 60 69 FT
Jason Oswell scored a hat-trick as Spennymoor fell to a second consecutive away league defeat despite an impressive performance at Stockport County.
Both sides were controversially awarded a penalty in the first half, with Glen Taylor putting Moors ahead before Oswell slotted beyond Shane Bland.
Oswell struck his second close to the hour mark to give County the lead, but Robert Ramshaw immediately levelled proceedings with a smart header.
The final word went to the league’s top scorer Oswell when he headed into the top corner with twenty minutes to go.
On a day when games across the country were postponed due to the arctic conditions, the hard work of the ground staff at Edgeley Park assured the game went ahead as planned.
Jason Ainsley made one change from the side that defeated Cleethorpes Town in the FA Trophy a fortnight ago, with Taylor coming in to lead the line.
Spennymoor were the better side in the early exchanges, going close through Taylor on two occasions, with Ben Hinchliffe neatly saving his second drive after County had surrendered possession.
Taylor, heavily involved in the first half, was brought down by Stephen O’Halloran with twenty minutes gone and the referee pointed to the spot to the disarray of the home fans.
Moors’ leading scorer dusted himself down and cooly converted the penalty, before playing his role in almost setting up David Foley moments later, but he saw his effort smothered by Hinchliffe.
With the game swinging heavily in favour of Spennymoor, County forged their first attack of the game just past the thirty minute mark, and when James Curtis went to ground against Darren Stephenson, the referee pointed to the spot.
Despite loud claims from Curtis and the away dugout, as well as the 68 travelling Moors fans, Oswell collected the ball and slipped the penalty beyond the reach of Bland.
The second half continued at the same relentless pace as the first, and it was County who took the lead for the first time just short of the hour mark when Oswell swivelled and found the net from 18 yards via the post.
However, it didn’t take long for Moors to respond, and when Christopher Mason floated an inviting ball into the area, Ramshaw ghosted past his man and steered a superb header into the corner.
At that stage either side could have gone on and won the game, but it was the home side who found the winner when Oswell powered a header past Bland after a cross from the right.
Andrew Johnson, a second half substitute, struck the bar with seven minutes to go as Moors applied significant pressure in the final stages.
As the game entered six minutes of stoppage time, Kallum Griffiths fed Ryan Hall, with the latter cutting in from the right before sending a left-footed strike over the bar.
|9th December 2017||3:00 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|7 Hardcastle Rd, Stockport SK3 9BY, UK|