Lancaster City v Spennymoor Town

Lancaster City 0 v 5 Spennymoor Town (FA Cup Second Qualifying Round)

Lancaster City returned to Emirates FA Cup action this weekend in the Second Qualifying Round as Vanarama National League North side Spennymoor Town arrived at Giant Axe, the Moors have had a mixed start to the season winning just two, drawing four and losing four of their opening ten league fixtures.

Lancaster City started the stronger of the two sides and the home side had the first effort of the game on two minutes, when a great ball from Rob Wilson on the right is met in the area by David Norris who forced the visiting goalkeeper Matthew Gould into a save.

Just two minutes later, Matty Blinkhorn headed over the Spennymoor crossbar from the edge of the six yard box following another great ball in from Rob Wilson on the right wing.

Lancaster City were now well on top and after a couple of half chances the ball fell to Charlie Bailey at the edge of the Spennymoor Town penalty area, but his curling effort went just wide of Matthew Gould’s left-hand post and out for a goalkick.

Spennymoor Town took the lead on fifteen minutes against the run of play, when keeper Matthew Gould launched the ball forward and a miscommunication between Sam Ashton and Lewis Fensome leads to Andrew Johnson being able to nip between the two and slide the ball past Ashton to score into an empty goal.

On eighteen minutes, the visitors nearly extended their lead following a back pass to Sam Ashton. The City keeper controlled the ball before trying to take it around striker Andrew Johnson who made the tackle, but just before he tapped the ball into an empty goal the referee awarded a free-kick for a foul on Sam Ashton.

Spennymoor Town continued to press forward as Adam Boyes knock down a ball inside the Lancaster area which was half cleared by David Norris, however the ball was collected by Andrew Johnson who again found Adam Boyes who flicked the ball onto James Roberts inside the six yard box but he was flagged off-side.

The visitors extended their league on twenty-five minutes, as the City defence fell asleep and a quick throw-in finds it’s way to James Roberts who slots the ball past Sam Ashton to give the Visitors a 2-0 lead.

Lancaster City had a great chance to pull a goal back on thirty-three minutes, when the ball fell to an unmarked Jack Armer inside the Spennymoor area, but he fired his effort over Matthew Gould’s crossbar.

On thirty-seven minutes, a quick free kick gave the home side a nice attacking spell which ultimately ended as David Norris played a beautiful clipped ball over to the back post, which is just cleared by Brogan as Andrew Johnson looked to have a clear sight at goal, which left the half-time score 2-0 to visitors.

Manager Mark Fell and assistant Graham Lancashire will have had some strong words for the sqaud at the interval, after conceding two poor first-half goal. City made a change in midfield at half-time with Niall Cowperthwaite replacing Simon Wills.

City started the second-half well and had a couple of half chances, the first on fifty-three minutes was a lovely move which saw Matty Blinkhorn dummy the ball and let it run to Walker, but before he could take a shot at Gould’s goal he was flagged offside.

On sixty-seven minutes, the visitors were awarded a penalty as Brad Hudson’s stretching challenge brings down James Roberts in the area. Just seven minutes after coming onto the field as a second-half substitute Glen Taylor stepped up to score and make it 3-0.

Two minutes later, another chance for the visitors as Taylor finds himself with the ball in the City box yet again, this time his well struck shot is saved by Sam Ashton. Spennymoor Town added a fourth goal on seventy-one minutes, when Glen Taylor added his second goal of the game with a right footed shot from close range.

Straight after the goal, Fell made another change bringing whcih was a hugh day for Max Smith who came on to make his City debut stepping up to the first team for the first time.

Sam Ashton had to do some defending rather than goalkeeping in the final ten minutes, as he ran to the edge of his box to make a last ditch tackle against Moors substitute Gavin Cogdon before clearing ball to safety.

On eighty-seven minutes, the visitors added a fifth goal, when Anderson adds his name to the scoresheet after he receives the ball from Glen Taylor to slot the ball into the bottom left corner past Sam Ashton to make the final score 5-0.

Speaking after the match manager Mark Fell said, “The first ten minutes of the match we were dominant and we played the stuff we work on in training, then we missed two great chances and when you dont score those goal you leave the door opened for a good side from a league above us.

The first two goals are horrendous and then we make a poor decision to give away a penalty which made it 3-0 and if you gift goals away like that then you are going to lose the game. It’s not heart breaking today, if we had lost by one goal in the last minute then that would have been heart breaking, but we had lost this game after the opening fifteen minutes.”

Match Details

Lancaster City – Ashton, Fensome, Armer, Wills, Thompson, Hudson, Wilson, Norris, Blinkhorn, Walker, S.Bailey (Subs) Brookes, C.Bailey, Cowperthwaite, Smith, Povey

Spennymoor Town – Gould, Magnay, Brogan, Chandler, Buddle, Curtis, McKenna, Ramshaw, Boyes, Roberts, Johnson (Subs) Atkinson, Anderson, Cogdon, Webb, Taylor

Goals(Spennymoor) Johnson (16), Roberts (26), Taylor (69, 71), Anderson (87)

Attendance – 294

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