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REPORT | Spennymoor Town 1 Rovers 3

13 July 2022

Rovers earned their third win of pre-season with a 3-1 victory at National League North side Spennymoor Town.

Second-half goals from Liam Ravenhill, George Miller and Ro-Shaun Williams helped turn the game around after the visitors had trailed at half-time

Harrison Biggins and Luke Molyneux both made their first appearances in a Rovers shirt at Brewers Field after joining the club earlier in the summer.

Rovers saw a fair amount of the ball early on with a half chance coming when Ollie Younger was inches away from getting on the end of a ball towards the back post.

It was the hosts though who took the lead after seven minutes and it was a well worked goal at that. Rob Ramshaw whipped the ball in from the right before Mark Anderson finished smartly into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Glen Taylor then tried his luck from the edge of the area but Jonathan Mitchell got down well to deny the Spennymoor frontman.

Gary McSheffrey’s side then had two more half chances with Younger and Tommy Rowe both heading over from corners.

Their best chance of the opening 45 came eight minutes before the break. Trialist A got forward down the left and his centre was into the path of Reo Griffiths, but the striker could only divert the ball over the bar while on the stretch.

Charlie Seaman, George Miller and Luke Molyneux were introduced at the break and it was Molyneux who played a crucial role in the equaliser.

The former Hartlepool winger got past two men down the right and played a great ball into the box for Liam Ravenhill to hammer in from 10 yards.

Rovers went in front with 20 minutes gone in the second period. Trialist C was fouled in the box when attempting to round goalkeeper Harry Flatters, and Miller fired straight down the middle to make it three goals from three appearances so far in pre-season.

It was 3-1 just a few minutes later, with Molyneux grabbing a second assist of the evening. His in-swinging corner was met well by Ro-Shaun Williams who powered his header beyond Flatters.

Rovers managed the remainder of the game well and secured a third straight win as well as getting more valuable minutes under their belt.

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