Spennymoor Town FCBromley FC
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Spennymoor Town bowed out of the FA Trophy at the Quarter Final stage after a 2-1 defeat to an efficient Bromley side.
Moors were on unfamiliar territory with the tie being played at Blackwell Meadows, home of Darlington FC, due to the inclement weather.
The hosts made a rapid start and took the lead after five minutes. Shane Henry played the ball to the edge of the box for Glen Taylor who swivelled and smashed a shot low into the bottom corner.
The National League visitors were level within two minutes when Dan Lowson came out of his area and missed a long ball forward, allowing Bromley striker Louis Dennis to tap into an empty net.
Bromley completed the turnaround ten minutes into the second period when Frankie Raymond’s innocuous looking free kick evaded a host of bodies and snuck past Lowson.
Jason Ainsley brought Matthew Dixon back into the side for the unavailable Jamie Chandler, but that was the only change from Moors’ last game a full 18 days ago against the same opponents.
The wind played its part in a scrappy first period and Moors soaked up some pressure. Andrew Johnson did, however, test Bromley keeper David Gregory with a shot from 20 yards which was pushed out for a corner on 25 minutes.
Jason Ainsley’s side grew into the game and put some dangerous deliveries into the box, James Curtis having a header cleared off the line on 34 minutes.
The game burst into life from the first whistle, and Taylor netted his first goal since February 6th when he collected Henry’s forceful pass before instinctively turning his marker and slamming a shot into the bottom corner.
However, that lead was short lived after a Lowson miss kick allowed Dennis to tap into an empty net.
Andrew Johnson, a constant threat in the first half, came close to scoring a trademark goal midway through the half, but a flying save from Gregory kept the scoreline level.
Bromley were the stronger team as the half came to a close as forward pair Brandon Hanlan and Omar Bugial both missed presentable opportunities to give the visitors a half time lead.
The second half was an extremely cagey and scrappy affair, with Bromley showing the game management skills of a fully fledged full time Conference outfit.
However, their eventual winner came gift wrapped when Raymond’s swirling and teasing free-kick bypassed a host of bodies in the penalty area before creeping in past the despairing dive of Lowson.
Bromley forward Dennis continued to cause the Spennymoor back four problems with his pace, and he missed a superb opportunity to extend the Londoners advantage, shooting into the hands of Lowson from six yards twenty minutes from time.
Spennymoor applied late pressure in a desperate effort to force extra time, and following a flurry of corners, centre back pairing Joe Tait and James Curtis both saw their close range efforts blocked.
Moors threw everything at Bromley in the closing stages but were unable to break down the resilient National League side’s rear-guard.
Moors travel to league favourites Salford City on Saturday afternoon.
Spennymoor : Lowson, Griffiths (Fewster), Mason ©, Dixon (Anderson), Tait, Curtis, Hall (Foley), Henry, Taylor, Ramshaw, Johnson.
Bromley: Gregory, Holland, Raymond, Hanlan, Dennis, Higgs, Sterling, Porter, Johnson, Sutherland, Bugial.
|14th March 2018||7:45 pm||Buildbase FA Trophy||2017/18|
|Blackwell Meadows, Grange Rd, Darlington DL1 5NR, UK|