Spennymoor Town 3 v 1 Burscough
The Brewers are one victory away from a place in the Evo-Stik Premier division next season after coming from behind to beat Burscough at the Brewery Field.
With Darlington, having secured promotion last week I couldn’t resist some Tuesday night playoff action, as local neighbours Spennymoor looked to go one step closer to promotion.
The Brewers were behind early, but strikes from Craig Gott, Shane Henry and Gavin Cogdon turned the game in the hosts favour.
The weather was awful from the word go and it was the visitors Burscough, who had finished fifth in the table, who started the brighter and took the lead in the first few minutes. After the hosts failed to clear, Liam Caddick smashed the ball home from close range.
Spennymoor struggled to get a hold of the game early on and Burscough continued to look dangerous on the break. The hosts failed to trouble the visiting goalkeeper, but had two half shouts for penalties turned away.
Despite this Spennymoor managed to level right on the stroke of half-time. Former Quaker Gott stepped up and struck a free-kick into the bottom corner of the net, which the goalkeeper will feel he should have done better with.
The goal was great timing for the Brewers and they scored again almost immediately at the start of the second half to take control.
Liam Henderson had caused problems already for the visiting defenders and when the goalkeeper didn’t full deal with his cross, Henry was there to tap home at the far post.
Having come from behind, Spennymoor showed their quality, as they took control of the game and started to dominate.
The game was all but sealed when substitute Cogdon fired home on the half volley showing his fantastic technical ability.
Cogdon continued to trouble late on with Burscough tiring and James Risbrough should have wrapped the game up from close range.
However, at the other end Dan Lowson was rarely troubled with only a late save from a free-kick to keep him busy during the second half.
Spennymoor were able to run down the club to seal a 3-1 win and a place in the playoff final.
On Saturday they will be at home again, against either Northwich Victoria or Glossop North End, knowing one more win will secure a second promotion in three years.
Spennymoor team – Lowson, Griffiths, Mason, Gott, Tait, Watson, Stephenson, Henry, Henderson, Fisher, Anderson