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The Brewery Field witnessed an upset as Spennymoor Town breezed past Solihull Moors to reach the Third Round of the FA Trophy.
A goal in each half from Mark Anderson and Andrew Johnson rounded off a composed and dominant showing in a game which was dubbed ‘Battle of the Moors’.
Jason Ainsley made three changes from the side that beat Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday night, most notably brining in Jordan Porter for Shane Bland in goal.
Joe Tait made his start since November 18th, while Ryan Hall was rewarded for his goal four days previously.
Evidently buoyed by four consecutive victories, Spennymoor started the brightest, with David Foley testing Max O’Leary in the Solihull net.
The National League strugglers came back into the tie, and after putting Moors under a spell of pressure, they tested Spennymoor’s backline.
The outcome of the game could have been very different had Porter, making his first start since November 18th, not made a tremendous double save, first, tipping Jamey Osborne’s shot round the post, before clawing away a header from the resulting corner.
With chances at a premium, it was evident a mistake or moment of magic would be required in order for the game to open up, and ten minutes before the break, it was the latter that arrived.
Solihull keeper O’Leary spilled an innocuous cross to the feet of Anderson who tapped into an empty net.
It was the attacking midfielders third goal in five appearances and was a reward for his positivity early in the game.
The goal solidified Spennymoor’s grip on the game and they continued to showcase their superiority in the second period, going close through Rob Ramshaw and Glen Taylor.
The killer goal arrived ten minutes from time, and it was substitute Andrew Johnson who sealed Spennymoor’s passage to the next round.
O’Leary once again fumbled, this time kicking out a loose pass, allowing Johnson to race through and squirm a shot into the net.
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