Eve makes debut in convincing win

  • Taking the lead: Justin Donawa, right, celebrates with team-mate Omar Holness, who netted his side’s opener

(Photograph by Andy Futers Photography)

    Taking the lead: Justin Donawa, right, celebrates with team-mate Omar Holness, who netted his side’s opener (Photograph by Andy Futers Photography)


Bermuda goalkeeper Dale Eve was handed his Spennymoor Town debut and kept clean sheet in a convincing 4-0 victory over visiting Hereford in Vanarama National League North on Saturday.

While all elite football matches in England, including the Premier League, Football League and Women’s Super League, were suspended until April 4 due to the threat of Covid-19, a host of non-League fixtures continued as scheduled.

Eve was the one change in Jason Ainsley’s side, who after a subdued opening five minutes, burst into life to open the scoring from the spot after Nathan Buddle was tripped inside the area. Glen Taylor took the responsibility and kept his cool to convert.

Eve was rarely tested in the early stages, as Spennymoor doubled their advantage shortly after the 20-minute mark.

The goal was forged down the right-hand side, as James Roberts picked out Tyler Forbes, who volleyed past the helpless Hereford goalkeeper.

That advantage was extended further after the interval with Roberts again the provider, crossing for Mark Anderson to head home from six yards.

With just a minute remaining Taylor wrapped up the victory, capitalising on a defensive error before coolly slotting in.

The result leaves Spennymoor in sixth place in the table.

In the same division, Justin Donawa and his Darlington team-mates were left to rue a host of missed opportunities as the fell to a 4-2 defeat against visiting Farsley Celtic.

Darlington opened the scoring after 14 minutes through Omar Holness, only for the visiting side to level in fortuitous fashion four minutes with Dave Syers charging down a clearance with the ball ending up in the net.

Immediately after the interval, Donawa had a shot cleared off the line, before Darlington regained the lead from the penalty spot after Holness was bundled to the floor, with Adam Campbell converting.

A host of further chances came and went for Darlington who were made to rue the profligacy as Farley levelled on 67 minutes before going ahead just three minutes later.

Any hope of a Darlington fightback were ended with eight minutes remaining as the visitors added a fourth to cement all three points.

Elsewhere, Milan Butterfield and his Kidderminster Harriers team-mates were not in action after their match away at Leamington was postponed.

It was the same story for Bermuda defender Danté Leverock, of Radomiak Radom, whose match at home against Odra Opole in the Polish second division was also postponed.

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Published Mar 15, 2020 at 3:46 pm (Updated Mar 15, 2020 at 3:46 pm)

Eve makes debut in convincing win

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