EvoStik Northern Premier League – Division One (North)

Saturday 7 March 2015

by Gary Owen

Jason Ainsley will be the more pleased of the two managers, after seeing his side secure a well-earned point having played with ten men for fifty minutes.  Town skipper Chris Mason saw red for hauling down Ben Deegan when last man.

By that stage, Droylsden could have been one ahead, but Luke Coddington gathered in at the second attempt when under pressure from Ciaran Kilheeney in the first minute.

However, it was The Moors who came closest to breaking the deadlock when Nathan Fisher saw his shot saved, with Craig Ellison and Daniel Ting combining to clear Liam Henderson’s follow-up off the line, before Mason saw his red mist descend.

Peter Dogun went on a mazy run early midway through the second half, but Coddington was equal to his effort.  However, despite their numerical disadvantage, Town went close through Shane Henry, and Fisher should have done better than to strike straight at Ellison when behind the home defence.

Joseph Tait headed a Spennymoor free kick wide after Ellison had fumbled, and Gavin Cogdon twice went close in the closing stages to win it for the north easterners.

Given the circumstances, Droylsden will be disappointed not to have taken all three points, and in doing so have lost ground in the race for play-off spots.


Droylsden                  Ellison, Brown, Ting (Caldecott, 87’), Kerr (Allcock, 46’), Hampson, Dogan, Monaghan (Hall, 75’), Hibbs, Kilheeney, Deegan, Sumner.  Subs not used – Ellis, Myler.

Spennymoor Town  Coddington, Griffith, Mason, Briggs, Tait, Capper, Hawkins, Henry, Henderson (Cogdon, 72’), Fisher (Roberts, 75’), Peacock (Groves, 42’).  Subs not used – Dodds, Stephenson.

Referee                                  Mr. Barry Cropp (Blackpool, Lancashire)

Attendance                           186

Category: Match Reports