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Match Report: City 2-0 Spennymoor

The Tigers came out on top 2-0 winners in a feisty encounter with Spennymoor.

Ollie Hulbert opened the scoring in the first half continuing his hot streak whilst Matt McClure doubled the lead in the second half.

McClure was the centre of a mass brawl shortly after scoring after an altercation with Moors midfielder Brad Abbott saw them both see red, only for the chaos to continue on the field and spilling over onto the touchline.

Carl Magnay was the other moors player to see red for his reaction to the incident, with Manager Tommy Miller being sent to the stands after expressing his feelings to the officials. City were very dominant in the first half with Hulbert and McClure a constant threat for the Moors backline. In the 40th minute Hulbert rose highest in the box from a deep cross to head on target with goalkeeper Dale Eve fumbling allowing the ball to creep over the line.

A slow start for City in the second half

allowed the Moors to apply some pressure with Brad Abbott bringing a superb save out of Jake Cole. In the 64th minute it was another cross which caused problems for the visitors with Eve unable to claim a high cross with McClure on hand to tap into an empty net.

A few minutes later a mass brawl broke out after an incident involving Abbott and McClure. After deliberating for over five minutes the referee gave them both their marching orders with Magnay following them after his reaction.

Tommy Miller entered the field of play in all the commotion with the referee also showing red to the moors manager after his persistent protesting about what unfolded.

The game was dead and buried when play resumed with City’s ten men able to keep the Moors nine men at arm’s length with a long range free-kick being the only chance for the away team.

Lee Mansell’s team have taken huge strides in the last week with back to back wins and will be looking to continue their good run heading into the Christmas period where they travel to Alfreton next weekend.

Ben Nugent


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