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Skelmersdale United
Spennymoor Town
Full time
J Dobie (49' OG), G Taylor (90')
Tue 11 Apr 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 212

SKELMERSDALE UNITED 0 SPENNYMOOR TOWN 2

TOP PERFORMANCE FROM SKELMERSDALE

By Neil Leatherbarrow

You had to feel sorry for the Skelmersdale United youngsters after this one, Spennymoor are looking a solid bet to finish second in the Evo-Stik Premier Division and had to win on the night, so weren’t taking any prisoners, but for long spells Skem matched them and given some luck might well have pulled off a shock. The opening Spennymoor goal came via a wild deflection and their goalkeeper had a far from a quiet night, but still Alan Rogers side had nothing to show at the end, despite a top performance from his team.

After the match a very upbeat Rogers commented: “They are flying, they are on a really good run, and I feel we have matched them tonight. Steve Irwin could have had a hat-trick, we have had chances, they have too, but I think a neutral watching that tonight wouldn’t think Skelmersdale are going to be relegated and Spennymoor are going to be promoted and are a million miles apart, I don’t think you could have told the difference. And that is a credit to the lads.

Spennymoor Town (H) 11 Apr by John Driscoll
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We are down to bare bones, we have a couple on the bench who are not fit to play really, but the lads have put a shift in. Spennymoor are a good team full of experienced old heads, we have a gang of eighteen and nineteen year olds, the young keeper Joe (Hilton) is only seventeen years old; I thought he had a smashing game. This will stand them in good stead for their future careers.”

Both teams had early free-kicks, Mark Anderson’s for the visitors was fended away by a solid Skelmersdale defensive wall, Max Allen’s for Skem went just over the crossbar. The game was played at a good tempo with action at both ends, with both defences holding the upper hand. It was noticeable early on that Spennymoor were not going to have the easy passage the respective league positions predicted they would.

Allen, Nathan Randell and Phil Mooney all had efforts for Skem in a close first-half, while for Spennymoor Anderson probably went closest his flick to a Graeme Armstrong shot just going past the post. At half-time it was difficult to say who had been the better team.
Spennymoor came out after the restart all guns blazing, it would have been a major setback to their hopes if they had dropped points at Skem and soon goalkeeper Hilton made a top-class reaction save from a close range Jamie Chandler effort after a scramble in the box.

Spennymoor scored in the 48th minute and it had more than an element of good fortune about it. Chris Mason’s corner from the right found Anderson at the far post and his shot appears to have been going wide of the far post, however, it hit a Skelmersdale defender and went inside the near post. Immediately Skelmersdale sought to strike back and Irwin’s shot was saved well at the near-post by Spennymoor goalkeeper Daniel Lowson.

Spennymoor continued to press, but still Skelmersdale limited them to very few opportunities, Armstrong put a header over the bar and Jamie Curtis headed wide from a corner, but Skelmersdale were hanging in there. In the last quarter-hour you could see Spennymoor were worried and their managerial bench was getting very animated they hadn’t got the vital second goal and Skelmersdale were finishing strongly. Irwin had one shot saved and another deflected wide, before a Steve Gillespie cross caused a serious threat until Lowson intervened.

It was a much a breakaway as anything else that finished off Skelmersdale and that was only in the 88th minute. Glen Taylor firing in a low curling shot for the goal from 18 yards out.

Skelmersdale have got a trip to lower mid-table Coalville on Saturday, then entertain Marine in the “M58 Derby” on Monday afternoon, before a final home game against Stafford Rangers on Saturday 22nd April, I wouldn’t mind betting on this form they will win at least one of them.

SKELMERSDALE UNITED: Hilton, Grogan, McNally, Dobie, Vaughan-Muscat, Mooney ©, Howarth, Irwin, Randell (Bradshaw, 83), Gillespie, Allen (Burey, 59) Sub (not used) Jefferies

SPENNYMOOR: Lowson, Griffiths, Mason ©, Chandler, Baldwin, Curtis, Ramshaw, Henry (Mitchell, 51), Taylor, Armstrong (Dowson, 81), Anderson (Johnson, 77) Subs (not used) Tait, Fisher
Referee: Andrew Sykes Attendance: 212

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Key moments

48:38
Own Goal Josh Dobie scores an own goal
89:27
Goal Glen Taylor scores for Spennymoor Town

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89:27 Goal 0 - 2
Glen Taylor scores for Spennymoor Town Watch the video
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87:52 Yellow Card
Steven Gillespie is yellow carded for Skelmersdale United Watch the video
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85:00 Sub On
Seb Bradshaw is substituted on for Skelmersdale United
81:00 Saved Shot
Steven Gillespie has a shot saved for Skelmersdale United Watch the video
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80:24 Missed Shot
Steven Irwin misses a shot for Skelmersdale United Watch the video
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78:53 Saved Shot
Steven Irwin has a shot saved for Skelmersdale United Watch the video
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70:35 Missed Shot
Shane Henry misses a shot for Spennymoor Town Watch the video
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69:20 Saved Shot
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67:32 Yellow Card
Callum Griffiths is yellow carded for Spennymoor Town Watch the video
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62:12 Missed Shot
Robert Ramshaw misses a shot for Spennymoor Town Watch the video
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60:00 Sub On
Bevan Burey is substituted on for Skelmersdale United
57:57 Missed Shot
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50:31 Saved Shot
Steven Irwin has a shot saved for Skelmersdale United Watch the video
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48:38 Own Goal 0 - 1
Josh Dobie scores an own goal Watch the video
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46:15 Missed Shot
Shane Henry misses a shot for Spennymoor Town Watch the video
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End of period 1
43:31 Missed Shot
Michael Vaughan-Muscat misses a shot for Skelmersdale United Watch the video
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41:08 Missed Shot
Jamie Chandler misses a shot for Spennymoor Town Watch the video
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40:05 Saved Shot
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34:34 Saved Shot
Graeme Armstrong has a shot saved for Spennymoor Town Watch the video
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31:41 Saved Shot
Max Allen has a shot saved for Skelmersdale United Watch the video
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21:07 Missed Shot
Nathan Randell misses a shot for Skelmersdale United Watch the video
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18:37 Saved Shot
Callum Griffiths has a shot saved for Spennymoor Town Watch the video
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18:37 Saved Shot
Callum Griffiths has a shot saved for Spennymoor Town
12:23 Missed Shot
Phil Mooney misses a shot for Skelmersdale United Watch the video
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8:58 Missed Shot
Shane Henry misses a shot for Spennymoor Town Watch the video
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6:31 Missed Shot
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5:25 Missed Shot
Max Allen misses a shot for Skelmersdale United Watch the video
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2:09 Missed Shot
Daniel Lowson misses a shot for Spennymoor Town Watch the video
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As it happened

  • Skelmersdale United
  • Spennymoor Town
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  • Josh Dobie Own Goal 48:38'
  • Bevan Burey Sub On 60:00'
  • Callum Griffiths Yellow Card 67:32'
  • Seb Bradshaw Sub On 85:00'
  • Steven Gillespie Yellow Card 87:52'
  • Glen Taylor Goal 89:27'

Team selection

Hilton, Joe Hilton, Joe
Grogan, Callum Grogan, Callum
McNally, Reece McNally, Reece
Randell, Nathan Randell, Nathan
Dobie, Josh Dobie, Josh
Vaughan-Muscat, Michael Vaughan-Muscat, Michael
Mooney, Phil Mooney, Phil
Irwin, Steven Irwin, Steven
Gillespie, Steven Gillespie, Steven
Allen, Max Allen, Max
Howarth, Ramirez Howarth, Ramirez
Spennymoor Town
  • 1. Daniel Lowson
  • 2. Callum Griffiths
  • 3. Christopher Mason
  • 4. Jamie Chandler
  • 5. Isaac Baldwin
  • 6. James Curtis
  • 7. Robert Ramshaw
  • 8. Shane Henry
  • 9. Glen Taylor
  • 10. Graeme Armstrong
  • 11. Mark Anderson
  • 12. Joseph Tait
  • 13. A
  • 14. Adam Mitchell
  • 15. Andrew Johnson
  • 16. David Dowson
  • 17. Nathan Fisher

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