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Kallum Griffiths battles with Craig King. Photo by David Nelson

A late header from Ioan Evans condemned Spennymoor to an early exit from the FA Cup after they had led at half time.

Glen Taylor had given Moors the lead inside twenty minutes when he struck a skidding shot past Henrich Ravas.

Jamie Chandler had a great chance to double Moors’ advantage but he skewed a shot wide after being put through on goal.

Trinity, who created little in the first half, scored with their first shot on target when Ashely Worsfold cannoned a shot into the top corner on the hour mark.

With a replay between the sides looking likely, Evans beat Jordan Porter to a Craig King cross and nodded into an empty net.

Expectation was high coming into the game following Moors heroics in the competition last season which saw them reach the First Round at MK Dons.

Jason Ainsley opted to name the same team that thumped North Ferriby 6-0 on Tuesday night, meaning Porter retained his place in goal ahead of Dan Lawson.

A cagey and tame opening period was brought to life when Taylor fired Moors ahead, collecting a pass from Rob Ramshaw on the edge of the box before fizzing a shot beyond the reach of Ravas.

Glen Taylor celebrates his goal. Photo by David Nelson

The goal opened up the game and Moors should have been two goals to the good when Chandler was put through one on one with Ravas. However, the midfielder lost his composure and scuffed his effort wide of the post.

As the visitors began to sit back deeper, Moors attempts to carve a way through almost paid off when Ramshaw broke through from Taylor’s pass on the angle, but he fired straight at the keeper.

Trinity boss Dave Frecklington, clearly unhappy with what he witnessed in the first half, opted to replace Bradley Wells with club captain Nathan Jarman at the interval. The burly frontman made an instant difference as the pattern of the game shifted.

As Moors began to sit back, Trinity levelled the game on the hour mark when Worsfold found space and cannoned a shot into the top corner, leaving Porter rooted to the spot in net.

Not content for a replay, both sides had opportunities to score in quick succession. First, David Foley diverted Ramshaw’s low cross goal bound, but Ravas pulled off an outstanding reaction save, then Jarman’s deflected shot span agonisingly wide of Porter’s right hand post.

With a replay looking likely as the game entered its final stages, Craig King sent over a cross from the left wing towards the head of Evans who had stayed up from a corner. The centre-back beat Porter to the ball and nodded in the winner to send the small cluster of Trinity fans into a frenzy.

Moors will look to bounce back next weekend when Alfreton Town visit The Brewery Field in the Vanarama National League North.

Attendance: 403


Spennymoor Town: Porter, Griffiths, Mason (C), Tait, Chantler, Chandler, Dixon, Anderson (Armstrong 76), Foley (Johnson 76), Ramshaw, Taylor. Unused subs: Curtis, Lawson, Orrell, Henry, Ellison

Gainsborough Trinity: Ravas, Lacey, Gordon, Evans, Stainfield, Clarke (c), Wafula, Simmons (Richards 77), Wells (Jarman 45), Worsfold, King



Glen Taylor Forward 18'

Gainsborough Trinity


Glen Taylor Forward 18'

Gainsborough Trinity

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Gainsborough Trinity022Win


Date Time Competition Season
16th September 2017 3:00 pm FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round 2017/18


The Brewery Field
156 Wood Vue, Spennymoor DL16 6RH, UK