Moors vic­tory shows they’re a class above


Sunday Sun - - Football - MARK CARRUTHERS

PRO­MO­TION-CHAS­ING Spen­ny­moor Town gave a big in­di­ca­tion that they would be com­fort­able with life at a high­er­level by eas­ing to a win over Na­tional League club Sut­ton United.

For­mer Ashington duo An­drew John­son and Glen Tay­lor were amongst the goals as Ja­son Ains­ley’s men coasted into the last-16 of the FA Tro­phy by sim­ply out­class­ing the South Lon­don out­fit.

The open­ing 20 min­utes saw nei­ther side cre­ate any­thing of note but vis­i­tors keeper Karlo Ziger pro­duced a stun­ning save to keep out a Stephen Bro­gan free-kick just af­ter the mid­way point of the half.

How­ever, there was noth­ing the 17-year-old stop­per could do to pre­vent his side fall­ing be­hind less than a minute later.

Glen Tay­lor man­aged to get on the end of a cor­ner-kick and crashed a first-time vol­ley into the top right-hand cor­ner of Ziger’s net, leav­ing the U’s num­ber one as merely a spec­ta­tor.

The vis­i­tors had cre­ated lit­tle as the game slipped past the halfhour mark, with only halfchances from Dar­ren Mcqueen and Craig East­mond ever threat­en­ing the Moors slim lead.

That lead could have been dou­bled ahead of half-time as Tay­lor and Ziger went head-to­head once again, but this time this vis­i­tors keeper came out on top with a fine save to keep out an­other vol­ley from the in-form Moors front­man.

Ains­ley’s side had dom­i­nated a large part of the open­ing 45 min­utes and looked con­fi­dent as they were roared back on to the Brew­ery Field pitch af­ter the res­tart.

John­son and Tay­lor both went close in the early-stages of the sec­ond-half as a sec­ond goal seemed al­most in­evitable.

It duly ar­rived just af­ter the hour as Tay­lor some­how man­aged to im­prove on his first goal of the day.

The pro­lific striker was found by a Rob Atkin­son free-kick and smashed an an­gled-shot past Ziger and into the top-cor­ner of his net to set off fren­zied cel­e­bra­tions by the ma­jor­ity of sup­port­ers in­side the Moors’ home.

Within min­utes Tay­lor and Ziger con­tin­ued their bat­tle as the vis­i­tors’ keeper kept out a header from the striker and then re­cov­ered to stop John­son stretch­ing the lead even fur­ther.

A third goal ar­rived nine min­utes from time as for­mer Ashington for­ward John­son got in on the act.

Ryan Hall pinged a cross-field pass to the wide-man and al­lowed him to take a touch be­fore rac­ing past U’s de­fender Dale Ben­nett.

That gave John­son a sight of goal and he man­aged to find the net at the sec­ond at­tempt af­ter Ziger had kept out his ini­tial ef­fort.

That rounded off an­other spe­cial day in the re­mark­able rise of the Moors as they sim­ply out­played and out­classed their higher-level op­po­nents.

They reached the last eight of last sea­son’s FA Tro­phy be­fore suc­cumb­ing to even­tual fi­nal­ists Brom­ley.

In this form, you wouldn’t bet against them go­ing at least one step fur­ther this sea­son. Spen­ny­moor Town: Gould, Wil­liams, Bro­gan, Chan­dler, Atkin­son, Cur­tis, Hall (Kemp­ster), Henry, Tay­lor, Ramshaw (Tu­ton), John­son (John­son) Subs: Thack­ray, El­liott Sut­ton United: Zigler, Ben­nett, Beck­with, Davis, Ayunga, East­mond, Bai­ley, Beau­ty­man, Pearce, Thomas-asante (Bo­lar­inwa), Mcqueen Subs: Mbeta, Lema, Brown, Ma­son

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