SpennymoorA.F.C. Telford United
1 - 2Full Time
The Brewery Field witnessed a frantic second half of cup action as Moors exited the FA Trophy following Andre Brown’s close range effort.
After a dull and uneventful first period, Telford skipper Shane Sutton met Ryan Barnett’s corner on the volley to give The Bucks the lead.
That lead only lasted for a matter of minutes as Glen Taylor expertly lofted the ball over Andrew Wycherley from distance to draw Moors level.
Gavin Cowan’s side, who defeated Moors by the same scoreline exactly a month previous, set up a Quarter-Final clash with Solihull Moors courtesy of Brown’s poachers goal 15 minutes from time.
Jason Ainsley welcomed back Shane Henry into his side following the midfielders two game absence, and with Liam Agnew cup-tied, Henry’s return to fitness was perfectly timed.
There were also three other alterations, with Kris Thackray, Ryan Hall and Andrew Johnson replacing Rob Atkinson, Shaun Tuton and Mark Anderson.
Telford, who themselves made four changes to the side who defeated Southport 4-0 in their last outing, created the more clearcut oppurtunities in a forgetful first half.
Barnett and Brown had efforts that had Matt Gould worried, if not overly concerned, while Moors fashioned little, with Taylor going closest with a tame header wide of the post.
However, the second half burst into life almost from the restart and continued to sway from end to end in what turned out to be a memorable cup tie.
Adam Boyes, who replied the stricken Henry in the first half, was played in by Taylor following a burst in midfield from Jamie Chandler, but Wycherley denied the striker with a great save.
Telford responded with a chance of their own and went close when Gould pulled off a brilliant one handed save from James McQuilkin.
Gould was unable to keep out Telford for much longer. A deep corner found the unmarked Sutton, and he steered in through a sea of bodies to give the away side the initiative.
It was an initiative that they struggled to hold for more than four minutes as Sutton went from hero to zero.
He misjudged a long ball and allowed Taylor to advance on goal, and evidently full of confidence given his recent run of form, the Moors forward lifted the ball over the head of Wycherley who has meandered off his line.
That goal gave Moors a huge lift, but they were unable to capitalise on their new found resurgence, allowing Telford to come back into things and eventually find the winning goal.
Barnett was the danger, cutting in from the right before his fierce effort was tipped onto the bar by Gould. Brown reacted quickly to tap the ball in from a few yards out.
That signalled Ainsley to throw the kitchen sink at Telford, eventually ending up with four strikers out on the field.
Taylor remained Moors’ biggest threat and went agonisingly close on two occasion right at the death. Wycherley denied his sharp strike before Jonathan Royle headed his goal bound header off the line from the resulting corner.
Moors face Bradford (Park Avenue) at The Brewery Field on Saturday.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|A.F.C. Telford United||0||2||2||Win|
|5th February 2019||7:45 pm||Buildbase FA Trophy||2018/19||571|