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Two phenomenal strikes from Glen Taylor helped Spennymoor claim a comprehensive victory over National League Sutton United.
Taylor hit a sweetly struck volley midway through the first half to give Moors the lead then doubled the advantage shortly after the hour, powering in a half volley from a tight angle past the impressive Karlo Ziger.
Andrew Johnson, who made a habit of scoring in the FA Trophy last season, rounded off a memorable day for Jason Ainsley’s side after adding a third nine minutes from the final whistle.
Ainsley said: “That’s as good as it gets. I thought we were exceptional from the first minute to the last. If it wasn’t for their keeper, who I thought was outstanding, then it could have been four or five.
“Considering we have had so many games in a short space of time, the football we played and desire we showed was excellent. That’s one of the best results I have seen during my time at Spennymoor.”
Ainsley made two changes to the side who beat Kidderminster 2-1, bringing in Rob Ramshaw and Jamie Chandler, who were both previously missing due to injury, for Shaun Tuton and Kris Thackray.
In a scrappy opening phase, it was the visitors who has the clearest sight of goal, but Kenny Davis’ free kick went wide of Matt Gould’s right-hand post.
A sporadically heated contest, which featured six yellow cards, burst into life when the exceptional Stephen Brogan saw his wicked free-kick tipped behind by 17-year-old Chelsea loanee Ziger.
From the resulting corner Moors took the lead via a perfectly stuck volley from the left foot of Taylor.
The chances began to follow for Spennymoor as the The U’s retreated. First, James Curtis had a swipe at goal saved, before Taylor tested the wrists of Ziger again, but the youngster denied the striker a second before the break.
A dominant second half performance was to follow from Moors, who, despite applying their trade in the league below Sutton, should have scored more than the three they managed.
Johnson was denied by the alert Ziger immediately after the restart, before Taylor headed wide of the post from the resulting corner.
However, Moors didn’t have to wait long for their killer second goal, and it arrived via a Marco Van Basten-esque strike from the imperious Taylor.
Brogan’s deep delivery evaded Rob Atkinson, but when the ball dropped to Taylor on the bounce, he arrowed a fizzing strike into the top corner to take the game away from Sutton.
It was the striker’s 20thgoal of the season in all competitions and arguably his finest strike.
Only the brilliance of Ziger kept the score line respectable as he made a tremendous double save from the head of Taylor and a close range rebound from Johnson, but the latter was to have the last laugh as he poked in from a tight angle at the second attempt.
The draw for the Third Round of the FA Trophy is made on Monday afternoon.
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