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Spennymoor won their first FA Cup tie since 2016 with the help of two goals from the returning Glen Taylor against Lancaster City.

First half goals from Andrew Johnson and James Roberts put Moors in control at the interval, and after being introduced just past the hour mark, Taylor struck twice in quick succession to end any hopes of a City comeback. Mark Anderson rounded off the scoring four minutes from time.

Jason Ainsley was forced into a change before the game when Callum Williams, originally pencilled in at right back, pulled out of the squad with injury. This meant Carl Magnay moved across and Nathan Buddle stepped into cente back from the bench.

The home side, currently 9th in their division, created the games first opening, with Jason Walker nipping in to steer a shot which was saved well by the alert Matt Gould. Matty Blinkhorn then headed another right wing cross over the bar, signalling City’s early intent.

Despite starting the game on the front foot it was Spennymoor who showed their ruthless streak, at times absent this season, to take the lead after 15 minutes.

The goal arrived in simple fashion when a long kick upfield from Gould found Johnson who steered a shot with the outside of his foot into the far corner.

That goal helped Moors settle into the tie and they doubled their lead ten minutes later via another simple route to goal. This time a quick throw-in from Stephen Brogan found Roberts in space, and he let the ball bounce before zipping a shot past Sam Ashton.

Moors took that two goal advantage into the break and emerged the stronger side after the restart, coming close when Adam Boyes’ prodded effort was well saved by Ashton

That was Boyes’ last action of the game as he was replaced by the returning Taylor, who was making his first appearance since injuring his ankle against Gateshead at the start of the month.

It took the striker just seven minutes to make an impact when he clinically dispatched a penalty after Roberts was brought down by Ben Hudson.

Any hopes from Lancaster that Moors would take their foot off the pedal were found wanting when Taylor once again pounced to double his personal tally within ten minutes of entering the action.

A free-kick from Brogan was poorly dealt with by the City backline, with the ball falling kindly to the feet of the striker who swept a shot past Ashton.

Rob Ramshaw and Gavin Cogdon both had opportunities to increase the scoreline, but the best chance for a fifth fell to Taylor who was unable to complete his hat-trick when he struck a close range shot over the bar.

Taylor turned architect four minutes from time as the elusive fifth goal finally arrived, with the striker feeding fellow substitute Anderson who tucked the ball past Ashton.

Moors will found out their opponents for the Third Round Qualifying stage on Monday 23rd September. The tie will be played on Saturday 5th October.

Lancaster City

1Sam Ashton Goalkeeper
2Lewis Fensome Defender
3Jack Armer Defender
4Simon Willis 14 Midfielder
5Luke Thompson Defender
6Ben Hudson Defender
7Rob Wilson Midfielder
8David Norris Midfielder
9Matty Blinkhorn Forward
10Jason Walker Forward
11Charlie Bailey Midfielder
13Sam Bailey Midfielder
16Max Povey Goalkeeper
14Niall Cowperthwaite 4 Midfielder


1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Carl Magnay Defender
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Nathan Buddle Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Ben McKenna Midfielder
8Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
9Adam Boyes 17 Forward
10James Roberts Forward 25'
11Andrew Johnson 14 Midfielder 15'
14Mark Anderson 11 Midfielder 86'
15Gavin Cogdon Forward
16David Webb Midfielder
17Glen Taylor 9 Forward 61', 71'
Clean Sheet
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Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Lancaster City000Loss


Date Time Competition Season Attendance
21st September 2019 3:00 pm FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round 2019/20 294


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