4 - 1Full Time
Four goals from Gavin Cogdon saw a youthful Moors side progress to the next round of the Durham Challenge Cup against Darlington Town.
Cogdon rolled back the years with a phenomenal individual display which saw him score from just inside the opposition’s half.
Andy Lowe, Lewis Dickman and Mark Scott managed the side where the average age of the side without the first team players was 16 years and five months.
Christopher Mason, who was originally named in the squad along with Jake Hibbs, Nathan Buddle, Codgon and Joe Atkinson, wasn’t risked after picking up an injury.
Atkinson, who has been on the bench for the majority of Moors’ games so far this season, impressed early on when he got a superb hand to tip a goal bound effort onto the bar.
The visitors threatened again ten minutes later when Gareth McMahon flicked a header against the woodwork from close range before Atkinson claimed the loose ball.
As the first half progressed the more experienced visitors grew in confidence, but after 20 minutes, only a last ditch clearance on the line from Ellis Husband denied Cogdon after he slid a shot past Peter Wakefield.
This gave Moors a surge of belief and they should have taken the lead minutes later when a vicious delivery found the head of the unmarked Cogdon, but he planted his header wide.
But, Cogdon wasn’t to be denied for a third time after he collected a deflection in the box before firing past a helpless Wakefield.
Moors’ lead lasted a matter of seconds in a bizarre phase of play. A long ball forward immediately after the restart was headed back to Atkinson by Reece Wilkinson, but unbeknown to the full back his goalkeeper was out of his net, resulting in the ball slithering in to level proceedings.
A remarkable two minutes spell of action was rounded off from Spennymoor’s kick-off as Moors retook the lead in similar fashion to their first. Cogdon was alert in the area to slam a close range shot past the goalkeeper after a series of deflections.
Moors threatened to take the game away from the visitors before the break, but they were forced to wait till ten minutes after the restart to add to their deserved lead.
It was Cogdon once again who made the incisive difference, and this was the best of his personal treble. The striker accelerated away from two Darlington defenders before hammering a shot through the palm of Wakefield.
He wasn’t done there, and added to his tally on the night with an audacious lob from just inside the opposition half. After the referee awarded Moors a free-kick, Cogdon spotted Wakefield off his line before arrowing a pinpoint effort over the goalkeeper’s head.
Cogdon should have added to his growing tally when a sloppy passbook from Karl Hewitt allowed the striker to bear down goal, but Wakefield came out on top on this occasion.
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