South Yorkshire Times September 19, 1959
This Game Nothing to Shout About
Denaby United 0 Spennymoor United 3
Hundreds of “fans” forsook Denaby United’s home game on Saturday for the St. Leger, They did not miss anything. Denaby gave a listless, almost half-hearted display, and deserved nothing better than a 3-0 defeat by visitors Spennymoor United.
There are still too many weak links in the Denaby side. This was only too apparent on Saturday when the defence made an unjustifiable number of errors and the attack was spoiled by indecision and weak finishing.
Ex-league centre-forward Jack Shaw has up to now come nowhere near expectations. He still retains a powerful, accurate shot, but seems to lack the vital bursts of speed essential to every goal-snatcher. Had he been a little swifter he should have had at least two goals to his account on Saturday.
Left-back John Heaton proved no stumbling block for the opposing forwards. Right-winger Brian Smith, seems to have lost much of the vigour and accuracy that made him outstanding with Denaby last year.
Denaby should thank Jimmy Williams and Howard Johnson, who bore much of the onus of defence.’ Had it not been for their splendid efforts Denaby would have suffered a heavier defeat, No discredit to ‘keeper Don Oslear. He did well to save a good number of Spennymoor shots and those he did let in were a supreme test for any ‘keeper.
Spennymoor went all out after McGuigan gave them the lead in the 18th minutes. With the exception of two brief interludes Denaby never looked like gaining their Old form, Young increased the Spennymoor lead in the 30th and 75th minutes.
Denaby: Oslear: J. Williams, Heaton; D. Williams, Johnson, Lees; Smith, Guest, Shaw, Slater, Jenkins,
Spennymoor United: Greenwood, Folwell; Bell, Rich, Blenkiron, King, Dobbie, Young, McGuigan, Stansfield
Referee MI, A. Fussey, Retford.