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Spennymoor were dumped out of the FA Cup on a frustrating afternoon at Victory Park.

Chris Holroyd covered a controversial penalty moments before the break, before Alex Newby’s long range free-kick found its way into the bottom corner.

Jason Ainsley opted to name the same side who began against Kettering Town a week earlier, with the previously injured duo of Stephen Brogan and Shane Henry fit enough for the bench.

Spennymoor, backed by a healthy contingent of travelling fans, almost took the lead within the first minute of the game.

The advanced Christopher Mason, making his third consecutive appearance, found the head of Rob Ramshaw, with the midfielder’s looping effort being tipped over the bar by Matt Urwin.

Moors were the brighter of the two teams in the opening exchanges, but the home side grew in confidence as the minutes ticked by, with Courtney Meppen-Walters heading in from a corner, only for the referee to penalise him for a push on James Curtis.

The Magpies, who have struggled for goals this season and came into the game on the back of four goalless draws, produced some good moments in their build-up play, but were lacking the final killer touch.

Spennymoor looked the more likely to find that edge but let another chance go begging when Glen Taylor headed over Carl Magnay’s pinpoint delivery.

A scrappy game, often disjointed and lacking in quality, took over from that moment, but the game burst into life just before the interval.

James Roberts burst down the right hand side and was suddenly in on goal, but after he opted to cut inside Meppen-Walter’s, he was tripped by the defender, convinced the ball was won illegally.

The decision by the referee to not award a penalty to Moors was compounded a minute later when an aerial tussle between Magnay and Ntumba Makkanka resulted in a penalty to the home side, much to the dismay of the away dugout.

Chorley scored their first goal in over four games as Holroyd sent Matt Gould the wrong way, giving The Magpies the initiative at the break.

An equaliser almost arrive four minutes into the second half after a flowing move ended with a Dan Ward close range shot which was superbly clawed away by Urwin.

That early optimism was washed away just before the hour mark as the home side doubled their lead in spectacular fashion. Alex Newby’s fizzing free-kick from distance beat the Moors wall and Gould to put The Magpies in control.

Holroyd almost connected with Massanka’s low cross as Moors looked to regain their composure, and they almost pulled a goal back in spectacular fashion when Taylor smashed a stunning 30-yard free kick towards the top corner, only for the impressive Urwin to deny him.

A game littered with fouls and conventional refereeing decisions, Aaron Jackson cautioned Spennymoor manager Ainsley five minutes from time to cap a frustrating afternoon.


1Matt Urwin Goalkeeper
2Matt Challoner Defender
3Adam Blakeman Defender
12Mark Ross Defender
6Courtney Meppen-Walter Defender
16Lewis Baines Defender 40'
17Nortei Nortey Midfielder 62'
7Alex Newby 9 Forward 58'
14Louis Dodds 13 Midfielder
20Chris Holroyd Forward 45 (pen
18Ntumba Massanka 8 Forward 45'
9Marcus Carver 7 Forward
11Elliott Newby Midfielder
10Louis Almond Forward
13Jake Cottrell 14 Midfielder
8Josh O’Keefe 18 Midfielder
24Taylor Brickell Midfielder
21Danny Eccles Goalkeeper
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1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Carl Magnay Defender 61'
3Christopher Mason Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Nathan Buddle Defender
6James Curtis Defender 61'
7Dan Ward 14 Midfielder
8Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
9Glen Taylor Forward
10James Roberts 16 Forward
11Ben McKenna 15 Midfielder
12Stephen Brogan Defender
14Mark Anderson 7 Midfielder
15Gavin Cogdon 11 Forward
16Adam Boyes 10 Forward
17Shane Henry Midfielder
Clean Sheet
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Date Time Competition Season Attendance
19th October 2019 3:00 pm Emirates FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round 2019/20 895


The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium
84 Duke St, Chorley PR7 3DT, UK

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The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium

The Brewery Field

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The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium

The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium

The Brewery Field