Moors victory shows they’re a class above
SPENNYMOOR 3 SUTTON 0
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