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SPENNYMOOR TOWN WIN 5-3 ON PENALTIES
Spennymoor Town advanced to the second round of the FA Trophy following a pulsating penalty shootout victory over a spirited Gainsborough Trinity at The Brewery Field.
The game finished 4-4 after extra-time before Andrew Johnston converted the winning spot kick, after Shane Bland had denied Trinity’s Nathan Stainfield from twelve yards.
Moors twice took the lead in the first half through David Foley and Mark Anderson, but were pegged back on both occasions following goals from Ashley Worsfold and Curtis Bateson.
Worsfold then put the visitors ahead midway through the second half before Ryan Hall’s late equaliser four minutes from the final whistle forced extra-time.
Glen Taylor then scored his sixteenth goal of the season and restored the hosts’ lead before Trinity bounced back again through Alex Simmons who made it 4-4.
Manager Jason Ainsley made one change to the side which won away at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday, a result which moved Moors up to fourth in the Vanarama National League North.
It saw defender Kallum Griffiths return to the team following a thigh injury, as Jamie Chandler dropped out of the squad with a groin issue, meaning Matthew Dixon moved back into midfield after filling in at full back last time out.
Despite losing 4-0 away at Blyth Spartans on Saturday, the visitors started brightly, and the defensive duo of Christopher Mason and James Curtis had to be alert to head a cluster of early crosses into the Moors box.
Even so, the hosts soon settled and almost opened the scoring on twelve minutes when Foley cut in from the left before his right-foot cross was turned behind for a corner.
Two minutes later, Foley took matters into his own hands when he latched onto Taylor’s header before his side-footed effort squirmed under the body of goalkeeper Henrich Ravas to open the scoring.
It didn’t take long for the visitors to hit back when Bradley Wells’ cross from the left was headed home by Worsford, following a neat move from the visitors.
Back came Moors in an action-packed first half, and after Dixon had flashed a shot inches wide on midway through the first half, Anderson restored the hosts’ advantage five minutes later.
The tricky playmaker received possession on the edge of the penalty area before wriggling into a shooting position and striking a low effort past Ravas. Foley then fired over the crossbar before Trinity drew level for a second time.
The equaliser came when Nathan Stainfield’s cross from the right wasn’t cleared and the ball fell at the feet of Bateson, who then cut in from the right before lashing the ball home.
If it wasn’t for Moors goalkeeper Shane Bland, the hosts would have found themselves behind at the break.
Ten minutes from the interval, Bland reacted well to keep out Stainfield’s powerful header from a corner.
Eight minutes later, Dixon’s attempted clearance was pounced upon by Worsford, before Bland repelled the striker’s close-range effort with his boot.
On the stoke of half-time the visitors did manage to find the back of the Moors net for a third time, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Immediately after the interval, Foley almost netted his second goal of the game when he smacked a skimming effort onto the post, which rebounded into the hands of Ravas.
At the other end, Simmons almost finished off a fine move but failed to hit the target following Craig King’s reverse pass.
Moors began to pile on the pressure and almost retook the lead when Anderson’s free kick was tipped wide by Ravas on ten minutes into the second half.
The Trinity keeper kept his side level again when he thwarted Foley moments later, while Shane Henry and Taylor were also denied.
Those chances came back to bite the hosts who fell behind for the first time on 63 minutes, after Bland’s sliced clearance fell at the feet of Worsford and the Trinity striker made no mistake from inside the area.
Ainsley’s side pushed for an equaliser as Dixon was withdrawn for Hall, before Bradley Fewster entered the fray in place of Griffiths with ten minutes to go.
With just four minutes remaining Moors were facing elimination from the competition, before Hall repaid his manager’s faith with a stunning long-range strike which cannoned in off the post.
Moors almost scored a dramatic winner in the final seconds of normal time, as Anderson was denied by superb save from Ravas. That forced extra-time, and sides weren’t done there.
Three minutes after the restart Moors made it 4-3 when Taylor beat Ravas with a close-range header. The hosts should have given themselves a two-goal cushion, but Hall dragged a shot wide before Henry’s flick from a corner was blocked.
Then in the 97th minute, Trinity attacked again, and Wells’ cross from the left was headed down by King before Simmons poked the ball past Bland. 4-4.
Moors had the better chances in the second period of extra-time but it wasn’t enough to prevent a shootout.
The first five penalties were scored before Stainfield’s kick was saved by Bland. Rob Ramshaw and Johnson then scored to send Moors though.
Ainsley’s men will now play Solihull Moors in the second round of the competition on Saturday.
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