Dale Eve on hand to keep Spennymoor in the FA Cup
Dale Eve was at his brilliant best to help keep Spennymoor Town’s run in the Emirates FA Cup alive at the weekend.
The Bermuda goalkeeper made a stunning and crucial second-half save in his team’s goalless draw at home to Southport in a cagey third-round qualifying encounter on Saturday.
On an afternoon of few chances at The Brewery Field, Eve came up big when it mattered most, diving to his left to deny Southport striker Marcus Carver what seemed a certain goal.
Spennymoor and Southport will now have to do it all over again in the replay tomorrow at the latter’s The Pure Stadium, the second successive replay for both teams.
Eve also came up big when he saved winger Ben Tollitt’s point-blank effort early in the second half in a 1-0 home win over AFC Fylde in the previous round of the prestigious competition.
Meanwhile, also keeping a clean sheet at the weekend was Quinaceo Hunt on his debut for Thornaby.
The Bermudian goalkeeper came off the bench as a 33rd-minute substitute after counterpart Josh Mazfari was kicked in the head while attempting to gather a cross and was equal to the task to help his secure a 1-0 win at home to Whitley Bay in the Northern League Division One on Saturday.
Elliott Beddow scored the game winner a minute after Hunt entered the fray at Teesdale Park.
“I was surprised to come off the bench and it just felt good to be on the pitch again,” Hunt told The Royal Gazette. “I was happy.”
The former PHC player’s debut arrived just three days after joining Thornaby from Billingham Synthonia of the Northern League Division Two.
“I feel great to be at Thornaby and it felt amazing being on the pitch again,” Hunt added.
It was the second straight league win for Thornaby who are third in the Northern League Division One standings, a point behind second place Newton Aycliffe.
Elsewhere, Justin Donawa’s Solihull Moors secured a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Southend United in the Vanarama National League.
The hosts prevailed at the SportNation.bet Stadium via Shaun Hobson’s 29th-minute own goal and James Ball’s 53rd-minute penalty kick.
Forward Donawa, played the entire match and was one of three changes manager Neal Ardley made to his starting line-up. Solihull are eighth in the standings, five points adrift of leaders Grimsby Town.
Reggie Lambe’s Stowmarket Town cruised to a 4-1 win away to Hullbridge Sports in the Isthmian League North Division.
Jack Ainsley gave the visitors the lead in the ninth minute which Tony Stokes cancelled out three minutes later.
Lambe and his team-mates gained a numerical advantage in the 27th minute when Hullbridge’s Dexter Peter was sent off. The visitors capitalised with George Bugg’s hat-trick putting the result far beyond the home side’s reach.
Stowmarket are eighth in the Isthmian League North Division standings, three points shy of the promotion play-off positions.
Jonté Smith, the Ballymena United striker, netted his second goal in as many outings in a 2-1 loss away to Carrick Rangers in the Danske Bank Premiership in Northern Ireland.
The Bermudian headed the visitors out front in the 32nd minute at Taylors Avenue.
The hosts were reduced to ten men straight from the kick-off after the goal when Stewart Nixon was shown a red card for a reckless challenge that sparked confrontations on the pitch and touchline.
However, despite being a man short, Rangers hit back via second-half goals from Alexander Gawne and Jordan Gibson, who grabbed the winner in the 90th minute.
“Collectively it was disappointing to lose from a leading position,” Smith told The Royal Gazette. “We know that it was points dropped and we need to do everything we can to put things right in the next match against Crusaders.”
As for his goal, Smith added: “I was happy to get on the scoresheet again. But I wish the circumstances would have been a bit better.”
Ballymena are ninth in the 12-team division.