Spennymoor 5 Blyth Spartans 0.

Spennymoor eased to a comfortable 5-0 victory over Blyth, their second win of the season in the Vanarama National League North.

Moors never looked in trouble once they scored twice in the space of three minutes in the first half, and Blyth were reduced to ten men. Blyth could hardly get out of their own half, and Spennymoor keeper Mattie Gould might never have a quieter night.

Moors enjoyed most of the pressure early on with Adam Boyes prominent, but they had to make a change on 11 minutes when Dan Ward limped off and was replaced by Andrew Johnson.

Blyth were reduced to ten men a few minutes later when James Roberts played a one-two with Boyes and he was pulled back around the neck by Blyth defender Joe Robson, who was shown a straight red by the referee.

Stephen Brogan punished Blyth even further when he delightfully curled the free kick with his left foot around the wall and into the top corner of the net with keeper Mark Foden helpless.

And it was 2-0 on 17 minutes when Blyth striker Hanani Amantchi carelessly played the ball back and split his own defence, allowing Boyes to pick the ball up unchallenged, and beat the advancing keeper. Blyth manager Lee Clark’s next move was to sub Amantchi.

Boyes had another shot blocked and James Curtis headed over the bar from a corner as Moors pinned Blyth back and threatened to run riot.

Johnson then made a diagonal run across the box and had a right foot shot saved by Foden. Blyth struggled against Moors’ pace, and had two players, Tom Devitt and Lewis Ritson, booked.

Blyth gambled in the second half and played with two up front, but that only left space for Moore to exploit, and within five minutes of the restart, Johnson turned 25 yards out, ran forward, and beat Foden with a curling right foot shot into the bottom corner.

Foden then blocked well at Johnson’s feet after Jamie Chandler had split the defence.

It was 4-0 on 56 minutes when Boyes headed a left wing cross by Brogan against the bar, and Roberts rammed home the loose ball.

Foden pulled off a good save from Ramshaw’s left foot shot to prevent the fifth, and Callum Williams put another chance just wide from ten yards.

Sub Gavin Cogdon then nearly got the fifth with a strike from the edge of the box that struck the inside of the post, but another wasn’t long in coming when the Blyth defence made a mess of clearing Jamie Chandler’s right wing cross, and Johnson sidefooted home on 82 minutes to complete a comfortable win.

Spennymoor: Gould, Williams, Brogan, Chandler, Magnay, Curtis (sub Buddle 71), Ward (sub Johnson 11), Ramshaw, Boyes, Roberts, McKenna (sub Cogdon 63).

Subs: Mason, Atkinson.

Attendance 1217.