Moors make it North East dou­ble

Sunday Sun - - Football -

CLEETHOR­PES Town must be sick of the sight of North East clubs in na­tional cup com­pe­ti­tions.

Just months af­ter their 4-0 FA Vase Fi­nal ham­mer­ing at the hands of South Shields, the Owls were dumped out of the FA Tro­phy by a profres­sional dis­play from Spennymoor Town.

The Moors were made to work hard by the Evo-Stik South side in the open­ing stages, with nei­ther side cre­at­ing much of note.

The first real chance fell to the hosts as cap­tain Alex Flett smashed a ris­ing shot over the Moors bar af­ter latch­ing on to a Kal­lum Grif­fiths clear­ance.

The Moors took their time to get go­ing but took the lead with their first chance of the game.

There were 35 min­utes on the clock when Ryan Hall latched on to a Rob Ramshaw pass and con­fi­dently placed the ball past Owls keeper Richard Wal­ton.

The lead could and should have been dou­bled 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half as Hall mis­placed a pass to Graeme Arm­strong when the striker had the goal at his mercy.

Ramshaw then went close af­ter col­lect­ing a pass from Matty Dixon but his de­flected ef­fort went nar­rowly wide.

Arm­strong had a header cleared from the line and Dixon forced Wal­ton into a stun­ning save as the Moors looked to press home their ad­van­tage.

They fi­nally se­cured the win as Mark An­der­son and Andrew John­son com­bined for the lat­ter to dou­ble their lead with three min­utes left.

The hosts pulled one back through Luke Mas­call but it’s the Moors who progress into the next round.

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