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A perfect Andrew Johnson hat-trick – along with goals from Glen Taylor and Kallum Griffiths – secured an emphatic Third Round replay victory for Spennymoor over East Thurrock, setting up a Quarter-Final clash with National League side Bromley FC.
Moors fell behind early in the game after Montel Agyeman’s free-kick luckily floated over Jordan Porter, but Johnson levelled with an instinctive header ten minutes from the interval.
Taylor powerfully headed home Griffiths’ corner to give Moors a crucial half-time lead, and they increased their lead four minutes after the break when the latter’s set-piece went in via the stanchion.
Jamie Chandler was sent off two minutes later when he was adjudged to have handled in the area following a corner, with Lewis Smith reducing the deficit from the penalty spot, but Johnson soon added two signature strikes to seal a memorable victory.
Jason Ainsley named the same eleven who drew with East Thurrock on Saturday at The Brewery Field, with Dan Lowson retuning to the squad on the bench.
It took only four minutes for the game to witness its first goal, and it arrived with a large element of fortune, much like Thurrock’s opener in Saturday’s tie.
Agyemang’s set-piece, around 35 yards from goal, sailed over Porter and put the National League South side in a position they found themselves in midway through the first half last Saturday.
Joe Tait almost drew Spennymoor level when he connected with Griffiths’ deep free-kick with fifteen minutes gone, but he could only steer his effort wide of the post, before Agyemang almost grabbed his second with a curling effort which marginally evaded the top corner.
After gaining a foothold in the game, Moors began to put sustained pressure on the home side, and when Griffiths delivered a teasing cross, Johnson snuck in to guide a header past Lukas Lidakevacius.
With the half heading towards a stalemate, Rob Ramshaw saw his spectacular long range shot tipped over the bar, but from the resulting corner, Taylor rose highest to plant home his 18th goal of the season in all competitions.
The second half continued at a frantic pace, and Moors found themselves further ahead four minutes after the second half began after Griffiths’ free-kick from a tight angle found it’s way into the top corner.
The game threatened to change drastically just two minutes later however, as Chandler collected a second yellow card when the referee felt he handled in the area following a dangerous corner.
Smith scored from the spot to reignite the contest, but the home side’s belief was to be shattered just minutes later when Johnson scored a sublime trademark goal to restore Spennymoor’s two goal cushion.
After Taylor fought of two defenders, he nudged the ball to the onrushing winger who charged towards goal before calmly firing the ball into the bottom corner.
Johnson wasn’t finished there, as just three minutes later he completed a perfect treble to remove any doubt about the result. Taylor was once again the architect, playing a pass over the top which was clinically buried by Johnson – his 17th strike of a goal-laden campaign.
With the tie sewn up and damage effectively done in an eleven minute second half spell, Moors coasted towards their passage to the Quarter-Finals of the competition where they will face a trip to South London to play National League side Bromley FC.
|6th February 2018||7:45 pm||Buildbase FA Trophy||2017/18|