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By Ben Potts
Spennymoor Town produced a professional performance in their penultimate pre-season friendly with a 3-1 victory over Northern League Division Two side Willington AFC at Hall Lane.
Assistant manager Tommy Miller took control of the Moors in boss Jason Ainsley’s absence. He oversaw another positive display as goals from skipper Rob Atkinson, Andrew Johnson and Mark Anderson secured the victory.
The home side took the lead after just eight minutes when last season’s top scorer Connor Winter headed a left wing cross past Matt Gould in the Spennymoor net.
The prolific Winter almost doubled the advantage a minute later as he beat Gould, but was denied by the bar, as Willington looked to put Moors to the sword.
Spennymoor always looked a threat from set pieces and new centre back Atkinson almost levelled the score on 13 minutes, but his effort was cleared off the line after a well-delivered Mark Anderson corner. That combination did reap dividends 10 minutes later as Atkinson powered home another brilliant Anderson delivery from 12 yards to equalise.
Willington were unperturbed by Moors’ growing influence and the impressive Winter fired another shot over Mathew Gould’s crossbar on 30 minutes as the Northern League side looked to end a battling first half strongly.
The match was a Moors debut for former York City and Boston United forward Adam Boyes after joining the club on Monday. He got his first real sight of goal just before the break as he fired wide from 16 yards. His big opportunity, however, arrived on 48 minutes when one of Moors’ triallists was hauled down in the area. Unfortunately, Boyes’ spot kick was well saved by the home ‘keeper.
Spennymoor began to take control throughout the second period as their opponents first half exertions began to take their toll.
Mark Anderson punished Willington to round off a flowing move on 55 minutes, flicking the ball into the bottom corner to give the visitors a well-deserved lead.
Andrew Johnson added gloss to the score-line on 64 minutes when he struck a shot cleanly into the bottom right hand corner from 20 yards out – a trademark “AJ” finish, which we will undoubtedly see more of this season.
With Spennymoor in full control at 3-1, Tommy Miller used the opportunity to give a run out to more trialists. The visitors remained on top and could have had a couple more goals on the break on another occasion.
Moors conclude their pre-season preparations when they visit Northern Premier League side North Ferriby United on Saturday, ahead of the big kick off at Chester on 4th August.
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