Dale Eve powerless to prevent Spennymoor’s first league defeat
Bermuda goalkeeper Dale Eve could not prevent Spennymoor Town slipping to a first defeat of the Vanarama National League North campaign after going down a 2-1 loss away to Leamington.
On the back of successive victories, Spennymoor would have been confident of continuing their winning momentum against an opposition who were playing their first game of the season.
However, it was not to be the case, as two goals in the space of a minute proved the visitors’ undoing. After a goalless first half, quickfire strikes from Dan Turner and Jack Edwards ten minutes after the interval shocked Spennymoor to put Leamington in firm control.
That spurred the visitors into the life and they were handed the opportunity to reduce the deficit in the 66th minute when Jack Lane brought down Rob Ramshaw in the area. Glen Taylor took responsibility but could not capitalise, as his spot-kick was saved by Jake Weaver.
With five minutes remaining, Town finally beat Weaver as Ramshaw rose highest to head home and give the visitors hope. However, despite prolonged pressure in the closing stages, the home side held firm to claim all three points.
It also proved a disappointing outing for fellow goalkeeper Nathan Trott, as his Nancy side went down to a third straight defeat in France’s second tier, after a 4-1 loss at home to Auxerre.
Trott, on loan from English Premier League side West Ham United, was helpless as the visiting side cruised into a four-goal lead courtesy of a brace from Gaëtan Charbonnier and further strikes from Jubai and Aly Ndom. Warren Bondo pulled one back from the penalty spot with seven minutes remaining, but it proved nothing more than a consolation.
The result leaves Nancy bottom of the table, having taken just a point from their opening six matches.
Justin Donawa was introduced as a late substitute as Solihull Moors were denied a first victory of the new National League campaign after drawing 1-1 at home to Barnet.
Solihull, who also drew their opening match of the season, went close to taking the lead through Joe Sbarra's deflected shot before Andy Dallas broke the deadlock as the interval approached.
The 22-year-old striker latched on to defender Callum Howe's ball over the top and poked the ball home beneath Barnet goalkeeper Sam Sargeant.
However, with ten minutes remaining, the visiting side hit back when Daniel Powell collected a low cross and held off a defender before lashing a finish into the bottom corner to snatch a share of the spoils.
There was disappointment for compatriot Reggie Lambe, as his Stowmarket Town side came out on the wrong end of five-goal thriller, going down 3-2 away to Maldon & Tiptree in Isthmian League North.
The visitors broke the deadlock in the 26th minute courtesy of Evan Collard, only for the home side to hit back immediately, levelling just a minute later through Scott Kemp.
Having got themselves level, Maldon then took the lead just three minutes before the interval through Bryan Ifeanyi’s strike. To their credit, Stowmarket rallied after the restart and responded brilliantly with Anthony Spyrou grabbing an equaliser in the 73rd minute.
However, the visitors were ultimately denied a point as Kemp scored his second of the afternoon with seven minutes left to settle the enthralling encounter.
Nahki Wells was an unused substitute as Bristol City got back to winning ways in the Sky Bet Championship with a hard-fought 2-1 victory away to previously unbeaten Cardiff City.
Forward Andreas Weimann gave Bristol City the lead in the 21st minute as he took advantage of some hesitant Cardiff defending to give his side the advantage at the interval.
The home side got themselves level in bizarre fashion in the 59th minute as visiting goalkeeper Daniel Bentley was left helpless when Nathan Baker’s attempted clearance deflected off the back of the custodian, who could do nothing to react as the ball flew into the net.
However, they were not to be denied all three points as Weimann scored his second of the afternoon, volleying home superbly in the 71st minute with what proved to be the winner.