SpennymoorA.F.C. Telford United
2 - 3Full Time
Three second half goals saw Spennymoor crash to their second defeat of the week as AFC Telford claimed their second win at The Brewery Field this calendar year.
Ellis Deeney’s deflected shot fifteen minutes from the full-time whistle was the eventual winner, and despite Ryan Sears being shown a red card for The Bucks, they held on after David Foley’s goal reduced the deficit to one.
Mark Anderson had given Moors a half-time advantage, but two goals in the space of two minutes from Daniel Udoh flipped the game on its head.
Jason Ainsley named the same starting eleven and bench which featured in the 1-0 defeat at Bradford Park Avenue on Tuesday.
Anderson had the contest’s first chance, but he could only direct his shot over the bar from the angle following Shane Henry’s deflected low cross.
Chances were few and far between in the minutes that followed, as the game became filled with cheap fouls and loose passes, but, Anderson remained sharp, firing wide from a free-kick.
As Telford struggled to get a foot hold in the game, Moors could sense an opportunity to push forward and exert their dominance.
Callum Williams, who has played every minute of the campaign so far since joining in the summer, was forced off with injury midway through the opening half, allowing Jake Hibbs to make a rare appearance.
Hibbs’ first involvement was to be shown the first card of the game, with the referee unhappy with his counter denying drag back on Udoh.
But, Hibbs was soon playing his part in Moors’ first half goal. The stand-in right-back drilled a ball into the feet of Glen Taylor, and when the striker used his frame and guile to flick the ball into the path of Anderson, he sent a trademark low strike into the bottom corner.
It was the midfielder’s third goal of the season, following on from efforts against Darlington and Altrincham, as well as his second strike at The Brewery Field against Telford this year.
With a new-found sense of confidence clearly apparent, Moors began to create more openings, and when a long ball over the top almost found Adam Boyes, a second goal seemed imminent.
But, after only heading in one goal to the good, a Telford side clearly entering the second half with the stern words of Gavin Cowan in their ears, soon found themselves ahead.
It was Udoh, who first showed a poacher’s instinct to turn in from close range after Matt Gould had superbly denied Amari Morgan-Smith.
The goal, which was out of the blue, seemed to send Moors into a state of shock as they conceded again just two minutes later.
A long ball over the top caused problems, and after Udoh’s initial effort was stopped by Gould, the ball ricocheted off the striker and in.
With The Brewery Field eerily quiet, Moors recharged their batteries and came forward once again, with Henry’s shot arrowing wide of the post, before Taylor almost curled in a sumptuous shot from the edge of the area.
But, just as Spennymoor seemed to be mounting a fightback, Deeney netted the eventual winner.
Brilliant work from substitute Adam Dawson down the left saw him wriggle away from Hibbs before squaring for Deeney, who’s shot took a heavy deflection and crept in.
A lifeline was thrown Spennymoor’s way moments later when Ryan Sears, who was cautioned in the first half, was sent for an early bath for timewasting, and when David Foley crashed home from close range, a comeback seemed on the cards.
But, with time ticking away, Stephen Brogan saw his free-kick driven straight into the Telford wall, signalling the full-time whistle.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|A.F.C. Telford United||0||3||3||Win|
|18th August 2018||3:00 pm||National League North||2018/19||600|