Bromley FCSpennymoor Town FC
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A brave performance from Spennymoor ensured a replay against National League side Bromley FC in an evenly matched FA Trophy Quarter-Final tie.
The hosts created the better chances in the first half and went close through Louis Dennis and Roger Johnson, but Moors more than held their own and forced David Gregory into a host of saves.
In a balanced second period, Ryan Hall almost put Moors ahead with a low left-footed shot, before Kallum Griffiths headed off the line from a Johnson header late on.
Jason Ainsley made two alterations from the side that lost to Nuneaton last weekend, opting to bring in Dan Lowson for his first start since September.
Jamie Chandler, who served his suspension last Saturday, replaced Mark Anderson.
Moors were the brighter side in the opening stages, and just two minutes in, Andrew Johnson found Glen Taylor who saw his effort from the edge of the box blocked.
Roger Johnson, formerly of West Ham, Wolves and Birmingham, had an opportunity to put Bromley in front fifteen minutes in, but he ballooned a header over the bar from a corner.
Dennis came close to breaking the deadlock when his first time shot from a cleverly worked corner was cleared off the line by a Moors defender.
Taylor then tested Gregory from the edge of the area, before Andrew Johnson almost scored a carbon copy his effort against East Thurrock with a curling shot on the angle.
Moors had James Curtis to thank ten minutes before the break when he made a goal-saving challenge to deny Brandon Hanlan, but the defender injured himself in the process and was replaced by Chris Chantler at the break.
Bromley were inches away from gaining a valuable half-time advantage, but after Luke Wanadio saw his header deflect behind for a corner, Roger Johnson rattled the bar with a thumping header.
Moors were unaffected by their defensive re-shuffle and came out strongly in the second half, going close through Ramshaw who was denied by a last ditch challenge.
There was little in the way of goalmouth action for the following twenty minutes, until Taylor flicked a ball through to Hall who drove a left-footed strike straight at Gregory.
The hosts began to apply significant pressure in the final twenty minutes of the contest, and once again came close from a set-piece.
It was Roger Johnson again who was denied – this time by Kallum Griffiths – who headed the defenders effort off the line.
Lowson was Spennymoor’s hero in the final ten minutes when he clawed away Hanlan’s goal bound header.
Moors showed spirit in the final few minutes and withstood Bromley’s attacking threat, deservedly earning a replay.
The replay is scheduled for Tuesday 27th February at The Brewery Field (7.45pm kick-off).
|24th February 2018||3:00 pm||Buildbase FA Trophy||2017/18|