Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Gr-eight Spenny give Town footballing lesson

By Noel Russell at The Brewery Field

Town concluded their pre-season campaign with what turned out to be difficult night at FA Vase winners Spennymoor on Tuesday.
It was “one of those days” for Town as the illustrious hosts ran rampant in the first half. The Brewery Field pitch, with the addition of a slope, was like a bowling green and perfect for football. Meanwhile, Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg was in the middle.
The first of seven first half goals for Spennymoor came in the 5th minute when a corner from the right by Lee Kerr found Leon Ryan in acres of space to head past Town keeper Dean Hudson. Spennymoor nearly made it two from another corner in the 7th minute, but Hudson turned the ball away when under pressure.

Town forward Jamie Clarke was fouled midway in his own half on 11 minutes, but Clattenburg kept his cards in his pocket. Spennymoor did made it two moments later after good work from Kerr found Liam Henderson who headed across goal to make it 2-0.
Three minutes later, Mark Davidson headed straight at Hudson from another corner before the same player was put clean through on 20 minutes but the Town ‘keeper came out well to save at his feet.

A good cross from the left by Chris Mason then found Davidson again whose scuffed shot somehow beat Hudson and nestled in the back of the net to make it 3-0. In the 29th minute Henderson got his second and Spennymoor’s fourth as he was put through down the right and fired past Hudson.
Nine minutes later, Town failed to clear and the ball fell to Kerr who shot straight at Hudson. Mason then created a great chance for himself, but his shot was scrambled away for a corner.

With the pressure mounting, Spennymoor scored three goals in as many minutes to make it 7-0 at half-time. A great cross from Chay Liddle found Bott who volleyed past Hudson four minutes before the half-time whistle.
A looping header from Davidson then made it six and a further goal from Davidson, when he is found in acres of space to complete his hat-trick, concluded the first half scoring.

As the players came off, Mr Clattenburg had a look of disbelief and acting Town manager Martin Mulcaster looked in total shock at what he had just witnessed. Spennymoor beat Esh Winning 12-0 earlier in pre-season and it looked like that score could be beaten if the second half carried on in the manner of the first.
Spennymoor started the second period as they had the first with shots from Kerr and Liddle forcing Hudson into good saves. Town’s defence then went to sleep as Spenny went 8-0 up 12 minutes into the second half when Chris Lawther ran up the right wing and crossed for Davidson to lash home his fourth goal of the evening.

The introduction of Town’s super starlet Graham Caygill changed the game dramatically. Town’s first shot of the game came in the 72nd minute after good work from Steve Banks down the right set up Clarke whose shot flashed just the wrong side of the right hand post.
Five minutes later and “The Double C” combination was in full flow – Clarke held up the ball well to set up Caygill who shot low the past the keeper to send the travelling Town fans wild. Three minutes from time, Clarke and Caygill combined again – Clarke finding Caygill in space and the young striker calmly lobbed the keeper to mean Town had won the second half 2-1.

Mulcaster’s men now begin the league season on Saturday away against South Shields, which is to be played at Peterlee Newtown.
TOWN – Hudson, Banks, Newby, Hickman, Johnson, Brazauskas, Parkin, Kokes, Porritt, Clarke, McLachlan. Subs – Caygill, Toman, Colman.

REFEREE: Mr Mark Clattenburg

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