2 - 0Full Time
Spennymoor suffered their first defeat of pre-season on a sweltering evening courtesy of two second half goals from Dunston.
In the absence of Jason Ainsley and Tommy Miller, Paul Midgley selected a squad which was missing the unavailable Glen Taylor, Jamie Chandler, Shane Henry and Gavin Cogdon, with Matt Gould filling Barry Farr’s shoes for the evening.
That meant a start for a Trialist in goal, a lone striker role for Adam Boyes and more minutes for Rees Greenwood and Ryan Hall in the wide areas.
Moors, dressed all in yellow, began brightly in baking conditions and went close when Rob Ramshaw’s drive down the right ended with a shot which just evaded the far post.
James Roberts, who was fresh from scoring four times on Saturday against Stocksbridge Park Steels, had a brilliant opening to add to his pre-season tally when he was played in over the top, but Dunston’s keeper made a fine stop with his legs.
Roberts was involved ten minutes later as he started a flowing move which almost created the opener. The striker bulldozed his way through a challenge before slipping a ball down the line to Stephen Brogan, who’s cut back was fired just wide by Hall.
Despite creating little to nothing in the opening twenty five minutes, Dunston were within a post’s width of taking the lead. Their midfielder curled an effort from outside the box which required a superb hand from a Trialist to force it onto the woodwork.
The Northern League side continued to frustrate Spennymoor, however, Moors still posed a threat through the dynamic Roberts who this time fired wide after a determined run to the edge of the area.
As the half drew to a close Moors almost broke Dunston’s resistance, but first, Ramshaw’s powerful drive was pushed away by the keeper, before the rebound was arrowed wide by the alert Roberts.
The changes were rang at half time, with Chris Mason, Mark Anderson, Jake Hibbs and a Trialist replacing Brogan, Roberts, Ward and Trialist.
Those changes, coupled with the home side making alterations, disrupted the flow of the game which helped Dunston regain a foothold, and they took the lead just shy of the hour mark.
A long ball wasn’t dealt with by the retreating Moors, and after Hibbs couldn’t intercept a ball along the edge of the box, Luke Page slotted in smartly into the bottom corner.
Moors almost replied instantly, racing up the other end and going close through a Hall effort from a tight angle, before Adam Boyes couldn’t dig a shot out from under his feet.
Frustration began to grow as the newly promoted Dunston grew in confidence, stifling Moors’ attacking attempts and causing problems of their own.
That frustration grew as the home side doubled their advantage through substitute Mark Fitzpatrick. A long ball found the striker, who kept his composure to turn Callum Williams and dink the Trialist in goal.
Hall and Anderson came close late on, but ultimately, it proved to be Dunston’s night as Moors prepare for their final test of pre-season at National League Harrogate Town on Saturday.
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