No Goals Woes
Robins bow out in controversial encounter. Report by David Robinson.
Spennymoor duly took their place in the last Qualifying Round of the FA Cup after a close fought encounter which was decided by a somewhat controversial decision. There was little to choose between the teams for most of the contest but the decisive moment arrived with 15 minutes left as Mason’s pass inside Coo saw substitute Cogden challenged on the edge of the area by the advancing Phillips, the referee deciding that contact was inside the area whilst booking the Ashton joint manager for the challenge. Centre back Joe Tait made no mistake from the spot firing home emphatically.
The hosts had started the brighter on a glorious day in the North East and Dodds picked up a pass on the right wing before cutting inside Greg Pearson and firing over before a dangerous cross from Griffiths was cut out by Jack Higgins. Henderson then beat the offside trap but fired right across goal and from the resulting corner a double headed rebound was gathered by the goal line by Phillips. The Ashton defence were having to show their prowess in the air as this was the Moors’ main means of attack but Jay Gorton was not so good at the other end as he headed a corner well off target before centre back partner Higgins showed him how to do it as he headed home Chris Baguley’s corner only for the referee to blow for an infringement elsewhere. Richard Bennett could have also given the Robins the lead but fired wildly off target after a great run through the middle.
After the break Kayde Coppin beat his full back before firing over a cross which just eluded Bennett and shortly afterwards Bennett’s layback saw Baguley’s shot blocked by Tait. Peacock then picked up a loose ball for Town and squared it to Capper who shot straight at Phillips before play switched immediately to the other end and Martin Pilkington squeezed between 2 defenders but saw his near post effort denied by McHugh.
Following the breakthrough substitute Matty Chadwick made a great run through midfield but again the shot was directed too high and Town could have extended their advantage when Roberts teed up Henderson who missed a glorious chance for the second. With time running out McHugh in the home goal was riding his luck with several dropped catches from high balls but unfortunately for Ashton no-one was on hand to capitalise.
Team: Phillips, Coo, Pearson, Gorton, Higgins, Young (Robinson), Bennett, Gee, Pilkington, Baguley (Chadwick) & Coppin (Halford).
SNU: Haslam & Cook.