It’s quar­ter-fi­nal time in the FA Tro­phy and FA Vase

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

THE ROAD to Wem­b­ley will go via Spen­ny­moor Town’s Brew­ery Field with these two sides in­sep­a­ra­ble at the first at­tempt.

Moors’ fol­low­ing went home the hap­pi­est with their team good value for the draw in a quar­ter-fi­nal that never truly caught alight. Lat­ter stages of na­tional com­pe­ti­tions are fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory for the Na­tional League North out­fit and their long-serv­ing man­ager Ja­son Ains­ley, fol­low­ing the 2013 FA Vase win that pre­ceded their rise up the Pyra­mid.

“I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted to limit a team of that qual­ity to very few chances,” Ains­ley said. “They were a dan­ger from set-plays, we knew that, and we could have snatched some­thing.

“I thought we were the bet­ter side first half, for the away side com­ing here, we con­trolled a bit of the foot­ball and I’m im­mensely proud of the per­for­mance in front of a tremen­dous fol­low­ing. We’ve given them some­thing to cling onto and hope­fully we will per­form even bet­ter at home.”

Ains­ley has two sur­viv­ing mem­bers of the Vase-win­ning side and they were thank­ful to Kal­lum Grif­fiths for two goal-sav­ing clear­ances on the line in each half. The first came from Louis Den­nis’ low shot and the other when de­fender Roger John­son, who also hit the bar, looked to have bro­ken the dead­lock with a pow­er­ful header.

Keeper Dan Low­son, mak­ing his first start since Septem­ber, also made a won­der­ful save low to his right to claw out Bran­dan Han­lan’s header.

They had chances too, the best when Ryan Hall got in be­hind the de­fence where his shot was de­nied by the legs of David Gre­gory.

Brom­ley boss Neil Smith was pleased to be in the hat ahead of a long trip to the north-east for Tues­day’s re­play.

“We were very slow start­ing to­day,” Smith said, “I don’t know whether the oc­ca­sion got to the boys a bit, but we are still in it.

“Their keeper pulled off a cou­ple of fan­tas­tic saves and they cleared off the line. We’ve been re­ally good up un­til now, that was prob­a­bly the worst we’ve played this sea­son.”

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