Report: Spennymoor Town 2-2 Bradford (Park Avenue)

Saturday 28th November
The Brewery Field
National League North

Spennymoor Town 2-2 Bradford (Park Avenue)

Points shared after frantic conclusion

match report

Another late equaliser from Glen Taylor salvaged a point for Moors following a dramatic conclusion against Bradford (Park Avenue).

Lewis Knight’s double either side of a Ryan Hall equaliser looked to have ended Spennymoor’s unbeaten home record, however, following Ryan Toulson’s red card, Taylor headed in six minutes from full time.

The game began in hectic fashion, with the referee showing a yellow card to Avenue midfielder Toulson after a minute of action.

Scott McLean, continuing is role as a winger following a spell at full back earlier in the season, was denied by a combination of goalkeeper and defender soon after, before Mark Ross saw a shot blocked following a dangerous corner.

Moors failed to heed the early warning signs following a flurry of Bradford corner, with the away side taking the lead on eight minutes through Lewis Knight.

Luca Havern found space and managed to prod a ball through to the forward. Knight, who scored Avenue’s goal in the FA Cup against Moors in October, rounded Dale Eve and rolled into an empty net.

The visitors’ strong start continued, and they had a golden chance to double their advantage ten minutes later.

Knight cleverly backheeled to the overlapping Harry Boyes, and after his fizzed cross fell to Isaac Marriott ten yards out, he had the goal to aim at, however, Eve was up to the task and made a vital stop.

Moors bounced back in an all action opening period. Rob Ramshaw played a delightful one-two with Glen Taylor but dragged his shot wide beyond Dan Atkinson’s post.

The pattern of the game was evidently set, with Moors retaining a healthy portion of possession, while Bradford were more than happy to soak up the pressure and look for an opening on the counterattack.

An equaliser almost arrived five minutes before the interval when Nathan Buddle’s looped header struck the bar from a corner, however, Avenue went into half time with the advantage.

That advantage was almost doubled four minutes into the second half when Luca Havern expertly took down a high free kick before swivelling and curling a shot inches wide.

Ainsley acted ten minutes after the restart and sent on Frank Mulhern for Adriano Moke, signalling a switch to 4-4-2, providing a greater attacking emphasis.

Knight almost scored a goal of the season contender after a free-kick was recycled, with his 30-yard effort skimming the crossbar.

An amazing spell of football arrived twelve minutes of time, commencing with a Spennymoor equaliser which began with an Avenue corner kick.

Moors broke quickly, with Forbes’ cross eventually falling to substitute Ryan Hall who acrobatically volleyed over Atkinson, however, the resulting celebrations proved to be short lived.

Once Knight nicked the ball from Buddle on the far side, he had one aim in mind, cutting inside and skirting past James Curtis before bending a shot past the outstretched arm of Eve.

It was a blow for Moors who looked to have gained the momentum leading into the final stages of the contest, but they were given a lifeline when Toulson was shown a red card for kicking out at Taylor.

Now boasting an extra man, Moors immediately pinned Avenue in their own half and found an equaliser with six minutes of normal time remaining.

Scott McLean, who shifted into left back following Adam Blakeman’s withdrawal, whipped in a devastating cross which Taylor flicked beyond Atkinson.




13. Dale Eve

3. Adam Blakeman

2. Tyler Forbes

5. Nathan Buddle

6. James Curtis

8. Adriano Moke

11. Ben McKenna

16. Jamie Spencer

9. Glen Taylor

10. Rob Ramshaw

21. Scott McLean

Subs: Anderson, Thompson, Muhern, Tait, Kennedy.


1.Dan Atkinson

2. Mark Ross

3. Harry Boyes

4. Isaac Marriott

5. Luca Havern

6. Jordan Windass

7. Ryan Toulson

8. Jake Hibbs

9. Brad Dockerty

10. Lewis Knight

11. Nicky Clee

Subs: Sanyang, Huffer, Ibrian, Downing, Hussain.

next match

Moors are back at The Brewery Field on Tuesday. Guiseley are the visitors, with the game live on Moors TV at 7.45pm.

The Brewery Field to become local donation hub

Spennymoor Town Football Club is delighted to announce a new scheme which will help disadvantaged people in the local area.

Following a tough year for many, the club has decided to mobilise its significant reach in the area to those who are in need with the festive period fast approaching.

The Brewery Field will become a drop off point over the next few weeks leading up to Christmas, and we are encouraging supporters and local residents to help us support those people who need it most.

The club will welcome any food donations, with tinned vegetables, sugar, baked beans and pasta examples of some of the most requested items. However, all items of food are welcome.

All food contributions will be directly supporting elderly people that live alone and have been isolating over the past few months the Spennymoor area.

Managing Director, Tony Wilson, addressed the need to help those who are struggling after a turbulent and uncertain 2020.

He said: “As a Football club, we need to use our deep roots in the community to make a difference to people’s lives as the year reaches its conclusion.

“Of course, we are all aware that it will be a very different and difficult Christmas period, but, some people will especially find themselves in desperate need of help and support.

“The club and supporter base has always been generous in this regard and the need is greater than ever, so we are using The Brewery Field as a hub for the scheme.

“This year has been a challenge for everyone, but, it’s important we support the elderly and vulnerable and give generously.

“We are now working with other parts of the Group to create a new community impact strategy, which will see Spennymoor Town Football Club play a key role in delivering further social value in 2021. More will be released on this soon.”


  • The ground will be open from 9-5pm between Monday and Friday
  • Donations will be deposited inside The Neil Adams Sports Bar
  • Masks must be worn upon arrival and Covid-19 safety procedures must be followed
  • All donations provided by members of the Academy will be delivered via team coaches
  • The cut-off point for donations will be Friday 11th December at 3pm

Match Centre: Bradford (Park Avenue)

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Moors are finally back in action this Saturday after another extended break, with Bradford (Park Avenue) providing the opposition at The Brewery Field.

The stop-start nature of the 2020/21 season means Moors are now playing catch up ahead of a busy festive schedule, and, following a host of fixture re-arrangements, a home triple header is now on the immediate horizon.

This will be the second time the two sides have met this season, with Moors coming from behind to win 3-1 at a drenched Horsfall Stadium in October in the FA Cup.

That contest marked the first game of the current campaign, with Moors only featuring seven times since in all competitions due to postponements and cancellations.

Despite the lack of game time, Jason Ainsley’s side sit 7th in the division with games in hand on 16 of the 21 teams. Only Boston United (4), York City (4), Hereford (6), Guiseley (6) and Kettering (6) have played fewer or the same amount of games.

Avenue will be boosted by a 1-0 victory at Darlington on Tuesday evening following back to back home defeats, but Moors will be confident following an unbeaten start at home.




previous meetings

catch up from our last game



Get your hands on the first ever edition of the Moors official club magazine, featuring 40 pages of content from across Spennymoor Town.

Featuring interviews with Jamie Chandler, Jack Evans, Paul Hughes and members of our Ladies Team, plus the inside story of Moors TV Live and the future of Spennymoor Town Youth FC.

Programmes will be posted first class upon purchase.

Unfortunately due to the latest lockdown restrictions, collection is not available.

Curzon home clash brought forward

Moors will now face Curzon Ashton at The Brewery Field on Saturday 5th December after both clubs agreed to bring the fixture forward.

The originally scheduled date for the game was Saturday 23rd January 2021.

The re-arrangement now means Moors face a triple header at home over the coming week, starting with the visit of Bradford (Park Avenue) on Saturday.

All three games will be live on Moors TV.

Hereford fixture set for early 2021

Spennymoor Town’s home clash with Hereford will now take place on Tuesday 5th January 2021, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

The originally scheduled fixture on Saturday 31st October was postponed due to Covid-19 issues within The Bulls’ camp.

Moors will now start 2021 with a triple header at The Brewery Field, with the Hereford game sandwiched between matches against Darlington and Leamington.



Boston fixture gets new date

Spennymoor Town’s trip to Boston United has a new date following the fixtures original postponement last weekend.

The game will now take place on Tuesday 19th January 2021, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Club Covid response praised

Spennymoor Town FC has received praise from the DCMS, the National League and Durham Constabulary for its covid-compliant safety procedures across club operations.

Head of Matchday Peter Storey has worked closely with First Team Manager Jason Ainsley, General Manager Matthew Hannon and Head of Academy Andy Lowe to ensure all of the club’s venues and procedures meet and exceed DCMS guidelines.

The club’s medical and safeguarding teams have played crucial roles in the formulation of all procedures, including Club Physio Andy Oates, Dr Dan Ross and Safeguarding Lead Allan Wheatley.

The club’s procedures have been difficult to deliver, but they have been implemented as a non-negotiable to all visitors to the club’s premises, whether that is The Moors Tavern, The Brewery Field or Spennymoor Town Youth FC sessions.

Tony Wilson, Managing Director, said: “We have received communication from several bodies now to compliment our procedures.

“The police praised our social distancing measures when the Moors Tavern and Neil Adams Sports Bar were allowed to be open and our matchday procedures have been thoroughly vetted and approved as best practice.

“We are proud to have had very few issues to implement these, but all decisions for the last eight months have been guided by one key principle: the safety and welfare of people.

“Spennymoor Town’s Covid principles are stringent, effective and well-enforced.  Anyone involved in the club must follow them and are held to account if they do not.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone involved, especially Peter Storey who has the thankless responsibility of keeping up to date with all of the latest guidance and managing our approach on a flexible basis.

“Andy Oates and Allan Wheatley have been at the heart of the delivery of our policies.

“Additionally, I would like to thank the Spennymoor staff, academy parents, academy coaches and visitors to our venues for their patience and understanding.

“Of course, nobody can be 100 per cent perfect in this scenario, but we have dealt with any advice or issues that have emerged immediately and effectively.  The praise our systems have received from multiple external sources is testament to the work everyone is doing.

“I felt it pertinent to say thank you, because this way of life is not easy.  But, by working together, we will get through it in a secure and controlled manner.

“Stay safe everyone.”

Blyth clash postponed

Tonight’s National League North game against Blyth Spartans has been postponed following a positive Covid-19 case in the visitors camp.

The game will now be rearranged for a later date.

Moors’ next scheduled game is against Chester-le-Street United in the Durham Challenge Cup next Tuesday evening (24th), with a 7.45pm kick off.

Have your say! Moors Mailbox

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The ‘Moors Mailbox’ will publish the most interesting and engaging fan entries in our December 2020 issue.

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