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Four goals from Adam Boyes sealed a resounding victory for a strong Moors side against Sunderland RCA in the Durham Challenge Cup.

The visitors, who beat Dunston in the First Round to set up the clash with Moors, were the brighter of the two sides in the opening exchanges.

Henry Dorward tested Matt Gould on two occasions in the first ten minutes with well struck efforts from the edge of the area, but the Spennymoor goalkeeper was up to the task with two smart stops.

A strong Moors line-up were second best in the first fifteen minutes, but RCA were thankful to the superb reflexes of former Spennymoor Vase winning goalkeeper Robert Deane after a swift counter attack.

Dan Ward advanced towards the edge of the box before a disguised reverse pass found Boyes in acres of space, but his first time shot was tipped behind for a corner by Deane with the crowd expecting the net to ripple.

Ward was involved again soon after but for the wrong reasons, immediately clutching his hamstring after attempting a ball over the top to Ryan Hall. The midfielder headed straight down the tunnel and was replaced by David Webb.

That change was quickly proceeded by the opening goal of the contest as Boyes capitalised on a mistake from RCA defender Sam Lilley.

Boyes robbed the defender of possession on the halfway line and suddenly found himself in on goal, and after composing himself in the area, he slid the ball past Deane.

The goal did little to dampen the spirit of the Northern League outfit who forced Gould into another stop, with Davison finding space to fire in from distance.

But, Moors always looked a threat when they won possession back in the midfield, and after a pinpoint ball out to Hall on the right hand flank, his second touch let him down after he took the ball in his stride, resulting in a shot over the bar.

A previously tight contest was taken away from the plucky visitors courtesy of a quick fire double from the lethal Boyes, who completed a clinical first half hat-trick.

First, he profited from a clever run from Cogdon who left the ball for his striker partner, allowing Boyes to round Deane and tap into an empty net.

He wrapped up his treble two minutes later with another laser-like finish into the bottom corner. It was a simple goal but executed with Boyes’ usual class, beating Deane who had no answer to his unerring strike.

Moors’ comprehensive half time lead was reduced just two minutes after the restart when Stephen Callen headed in an in-swinging free kick, giving the Northern League side a glimmer of hope.

That goal have RCA confidence and they dominated the following ten minutes without managing to carve out a clear opening, allowing Moors to restore their three goal advantage twelve minutes into the second half.

It was a memorable moment for substitute David Webb, who saw his long range effort take a deflection and fly beyond the reach of Deane.

Four became five with eighteen minutes remaining as Spennymoor utilised the quick counter attack, a weapon which Moors utilised throughout the game.

Boyes was the benefit of a unselfish pass from Stephen Brogan, sliding a shot which wrong footed Deane courtesy of a deflection en route to goal.

Hall almost increased the lead straight from kick off, but his stinging shot was saved by the face of Deane, who had a very busy evening on his return to the club where he won the Vase in 2013.

The victory seals Moors’ passage to the Quarter Final stage of the competition.


1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Reece Wilkinson
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Dan Ward 12 Midfielder
5Carl Magnay Defender
6Christopher Mason Defender
7Ryan Hall Midfielder
8Mark Anderson Midfielder
9Adam Boyes 14 Forward 24', 38', 40'
10Gavin Cogdon 15 Forward
11Andrew Johnson Midfielder
12David Webb 4 Midfielder 57'
13Jack Nicholson
14Corbyn Mitchell 9 Midfielder
15Charlie Hindson 10
16Jordan Harker

Sunderland RCA

Stephen Callen Forward 47'
Clean Sheet
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Sunderland RCA011Draw


Date Time Competition Season Attendance
10th December 2019 7:45 pm Durham Challenge Cup 2019/20 168


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