kettering town 1
Saturday 25 September 2021
National League North
spennymoor town 2
- Hall gives Moors lead in first half
- Taylor heads in at back post to double lead late on
- Perry with goal back deep into stoppage time for hosts
- Moors four points off league leaders AFC Fylde
Moors claimed a third successive league victory after a battling victory at Kettering Town, with goals from Ryan Hall and Glen Taylor securing a deserved three points.
Hall’s first of the campaign gave Tommy Miller’s side a half time advantage, with Taylor expertly looping a header over Rhys Davies six minutes from time to double the lead.
That lead was halved in stoppage time when Kettering substitute Kyle Perry swept in via a deflection, but Moors held on for a deserved win.
Miller named the same starting eleven that began the impressive FA Cup win over AFC Fylde on Tuesday evening, with Hall continuing to deputise for the injured John Lufudu at right wing back.
It was Moors who started the brighter of the teams in a feisty opening fifteen minutes, with Joe Tait’s goalbound effort being cleared off the line following a deep Brad Abbott corner.
It was from another set-piece that Moors came even closer, with the defensively dominant Carl Magnay side footing against the post, coming within inches of netting his first goal for the club.
Poppies goalkeeper Davies found himself fortunate to escape a red card after a dangerous collision with Rob Ramshaw on the edge of the penalty area, with the referee adjudging the challenge only worthy of a yellow.
The home side, who were previously unbeaten at Latimer Park, were restricted to long range efforts from Harrison Neal and Callum Powell, with a commanding Dale Eve able to comfortably collect both attempts.
With the game in a lull, it took a surging midfield run from the excellent Adriano Moke to create the opening goal of the contest.
Moke burst forward down the left and crossed for the galloping Hall to turn home first time from close range.
Kettering unsurprisingly emerged for the second period with an increased intensity and posed Moors problems in the early stages of the half, with Magnay covering on the line to clear Decarrey Sheriff’s effort which was heading in.
Spennymoor’s defensive capabilities and ability to dig deep were on full display across the whole of the final 30 minutes of a scrappy and fractious game, albeit not helped by the surface.
With six minutes to go and the conclusion of the game still in the balance, Taylor rose superbly to power home Abbott’s free-kick and send the healthy contingent of Spennymoor fans home happy.
However, fingernails were bitten at the end after Perry set up a tense conclusion, but the final whistle signalled a deserved three points.
Kettering Town: Davies, Barrett, Brown, Ward, Smith, Dyche, Powell, Ofosu, Sheriff, Sherif, Neal.
Spennymoor Town: Eve, Hall, Curtis (c), Tait, Magnay, McLean, Chandler, Abbott, Moke, Ramshaw, Taylor.
Subs not used: Flatters, Kennedy, Anderson, Mulhern, Thompson,