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West Auckland Town 0-6 Spennymoor Town
09/07/2019 | The Wanted Metal Stadium | Pre Season
Spennymoor starting XI:
Hibbs, Curtis ©, Williams, Henry
McKenna, Ward, Chandler, Greenwood
Anderson, Triallist, Triallist, Cogdon, Johnson, Ramshaw, Mason
West Auckland starting XI:
Ellison, Colquhoum, Hunter, Price
Francis, Dodds, Hegarty, Mitchell
Spennymoor Town stepped up their preparations for the new season by demolishing West Auckland 6-0 in a fluid attacking performance.
A brace from Adam Boyes was added to by new boys James Roberts and Gavin Cogdon, with Robert Ramshaw and Mark Anderson also finding their way onto the score sheet.
The Northern League Division One side were on the front foot early, looking to catch Moors out in an evenly contested opening period.
But they only had to slip up for one moment and the visitors pounced to lethal effect. It literally was a slip, in the eighth minute, that allowed the busy Roberts to wriggle free and cross from the right byline for Boyes to slot home.
Boyes gave a lesson in effective use of the ball for most of the match, with smart one-touch passing and intelligent movement around the box, which would bear more fruit in the second half.
There were seven former Spennymoor players in the West squad and one of them had the hosts’ best chance of the night. Striker Nathan Fisher found himself in space on the left of the box and curled a beautiful effort off the face of the crossbar with Matt Gould beaten. It was a warning that West posed enough of a threat to keep Moors on their toes.
New wide-men Ben McKenna and Greenwood had their best period of the game in the ten minutes that followed, pulling their full-backs around with direct dribbles and maintaining their width. Greenwood cut inside Ellison then flicked the ball back outside of him to tee up Shane Henry on the gallop from left back. His shot was blocked well by the onrushing Bell.
Moors continued to threaten as Roberts burst into the area but saw his shot blocked, then Greenwood went down under Ellison’s challenge in the area in half a shout for a penalty.
Roberts continued to put himself about and earned his rewards on 35 minutes. He shifted the ball to his right and fired a snap-shot low into the bottom left from the edge of the area to put an end to West’s growing influence in the game.
The striker may be disappointed he didn’t score more. Boyes teed him up when Moors worked a two-on-one inside the hosts’ penalty area, but his shot was saved by Bell. Then he met a whipped McKenna cross at the near post but couldn’t direct his glanced header correctly.
Moors’ superior fitness told in the second half as Ainsley made five changes. Roberts, Greenwood, McKenna, Hibbs and Chandler all made way for Cogdon, Anderson, Johnson, Ramshaw and the returning Chris Mason.
It only took Cogdon five minutes to make his mark. He beat Price to the ball facing his own goal and prodded beneath Bell to trickle the ball over the line and leave the West defence frustrated.
Just six minutes later it was four. Another Henry marauding run down the left saw him cut back for Boyes to calmly slot home, having made himself free in the box.
Moors continued the onslaught and the wily Mark Anderson took charge of the closing 25 minutes of the match. He dinked the ball over the back line for Ramshaw to pull out of the air and rifle into the bottom left corner from inside the box.
Anderson then turned scorer on 70 minutes, waltzing onto the ball just inside the left half of the penalty area and finishing clinically into the right corner.
Cogdon almost put the cherry on the cake of his lively second half performance when he bamboozled the West midfield with a cheeky flick around the corner and raced through on goal at pace, only to see his powerful drive slam into Bell’s chest and behind for a corner.
Moors controlled the game for at least the second half and the strings were being pulled from midfield by the impressive Dan Ward, then Mark Anderson in a successful run out for the whole squad. Moors fans will look forward to seeing how Ward fares against opposition in Spennymoor’s league.
Jason Ainsley praised the professional nature of the performance at full time, which he said was a marked improvement on last week’s draw with Stockton. Read his comments here.
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