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Andrew Johnson scored a superb hat-trick as a youthful Spennymoor team brushed aside Northern League Division Two Chester-le-Street to progress in the Durham Challenge Cup.
Johnson, who had netted twice in the previous round against Billingham Town, scored the first and last of five Moors goals, with fellow first team players Mark Anderson and Shane Henry also getting on the scoresheet.
Gary Farley and Liam Clough managed a side which was largely made up of players from the Under 18 squad, with Liam Dunn, Joe Blackbourne, Rhys Turnbull, Jai Grant and James Hughes all featuring from the start.
The signs were ominous from the early stages for Chester-le-Street who struggled to cope with Spennymoor’s free-flowing passing and movement, and Anderson almost gave his side an early lead, but he couldn’t direct Johnson’s cross field pass on target.
So it was no surprise when Moors opened the scoring with twenty minutes gone, and it was the ever-threatening Johnson who was the man to carve open the home side. Anderson let a long pass upfield pass him by, allowing Johnson to race through on goal and cooly slot beyond James Wilson.
That goal almost opened the floodgates, but after Hughes’ shot was blocked, Moors were thankful for Dan Lowson’s reflexes when he saved Andrew Clarkson’s close-range effort with his legs.
However, it wasn’t long until Moors doubled their advantage, and it was Anderson this time who showed his class to jink past a defender before firing in from a tight angle following a short corner.
Anderson was involved again when Moors scored their third of the game four minutes later. After receiving a ball to his feet, the midfielder delayed a pass before freeing the onrushing Shane Henry who drove forward and expertly slipped a shot past Wilson.
The pattern of the game continued in the same vein in the second half as Spennymoor continued to dominate, but Lowson was soon called into action when he superbly tipped Clarkson’s goal bound drive onto the post.
As the pace of the game began to ease, the contest was jolted back into life when Moors put together a superb passing move to grab their fourth of the night. Hughes deftly flicked on Joe Tait’s long pass upfield, allowing Anderson space to turn and dart a pinpoint ball to Johnson, and when the winger drove past his defender and into the box, there was only one outcome.
Four became five eight minutes later when Johnson completed his personal treble, collecting a pass inside the box and driving a shot towards goal which took a deflection of a despairing Chester-le-Street defender on it’s way in.
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