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Spennymoor sailed through to the Second Round of the Durham Challenge Cup after dispatching Northern League outfit Chester-Le-Street at The Brewery Field.
Led by Andy Lowe, a strong Spennymoor side featuring seven first team were looking to replicate their emphatic 4-1 win over Darlington Town in the previous round.
Spennymoor began brightly, with the midfield duo of Mark Anderson and David Webb dictating play from the early stages, and it was Anderson who had the games first sighter, flashing a shot wide from distance.
He was involved again as Moors went close ten minutes into proceedings, with his scuffed effort almost being turned in by Ryan Hall, but the Chester-Le-Street defence stood firm to deny the winger.
As the first period reached the halfway stage Moors began to become frustrated as the visitors defence settled into the occasion, with David Webb firing over the bar following a short corner.
However, that frustration soon became a thing of the past as captain for the evening, Gavin Cogdon, netted his fifth goal of the Durham Challenge Cup following four strikes in the previous game.
After being played through on goal and one-on-one with Chester-Le-Street keeper Jack Wilson, the veteran striker kept his cool and dinked the ball over the shot stopper to give Moors the advantage after half and hour.
Anderson almost doubled the lead minutes later when he stung the palms of Wilson at his near post, but Wilson could do nothing to prevent Cogdon scoring his second of the night ten minutes after his first.
The striker was quickest to react after Wilson parried Anderson’s goal bound free-kick, firing a shot across the goal and into the bottom corner.
Moors emerged for the second half long before their opponents after the interval, and that decision looked justified when Hall made it 3-0 seconds after the restart.
The winger collected the ball in the area before jinking past his marker and hammering a shot past a helpless Wilson.
Hall was involved again as a dominant Spennymoor side now threatened to run riot, with the winger crossing deep to Cogdon who slid a ball across the six yard box for Adam Boyes to turn in from close range.
All that was missing from Anderson’s superb performance on the night was a goal, and he came agonisingly close to achieving that when his shot clipped the outside of the post.
After a flurry of substitutes from both sides, the visitors had the chance to grab a consolation when Reece Wilkinson fouled his man, but Joesph Sample struck the spot kick over the bar.
Anderson finally grabbed the goal his overall display warranted, albeit via a hefty deflection after his audacious lob from distance, four minutes from time, before Boyes rounded off the scoring when his driven left footed effort went through the body of Wilson.
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