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Report: Spennymoor Town 2-2 Curzon Ashton

  • McLean’s in swinging cross nestles into bottom corner six minutes before the break
  • Taylor slams in from close range after good work from Frank Mulhern
  • McKay and Waters score late on for Curzon to earn point

Attendance: 1391 (32 away fans)

Spennymoor Town 2

McLean 39

Taylor 59

Curzon Ashton 2

McKay 80

Waters 90

Matthew Waters netted a 90th minute equaliser for Curzon Ashton as Spennymoor let a two goal lead slip in the final stages at The Brewery Field.

Scott McLean and Glen Taylor had Spennymoor in relative comfort as the game ticked beyond the 79th minute mark, but Jack McKay’s tap in and Waters sealed a point for The Nash.

A Spennymoor squad which has been stretched in recent weeks following injuries to John Lufudu, Mark Anderson and James Curtis was dented even further when Jamie Chandler’s name failed to appear on the team sheet.

The midfielder’s slot alongside Adriano Moke and Brad Abbott was taken by Rob Ramshaw with Frank Mulhern slotting in alongside Glen Taylor up front.

Curzon Ashton, starting life without Steve Cunningham following the manager’s dismissal earlier in the week, travelled to County Durham with Craig Mahon in Interim charge for the first occasion.

Mulhern, making a rare start for Spennymoor, found space early on but his attempted low cross to the back post just missed the run of his strike partner Taylor.

Moors continued to probe and Mulhern was once again involved when he hit a stinging drive towards goal which was well gathered by Chris Renshaw.

The Nash created their first opportunity of the afternoon and Moors were grateful to the reflexes of Dale Eve when he got down well to deny Dale Whitham’s pinpoint header.

An opening twenty five minutes of few chances almost saw an opener when Taylor’s instinctive touch took him away from Marcus Poscha, but a brave block saw his goal bound effort deflect behind for a corner.

It was a first half of half chances and threatening moments rather than concrete chances, with Carl Magnay’s superb block denying Alex Curran after a clearance fell kindly for the midfielder.

However, the game did see an opener before the interval when Scott McLean’s in swinging cross travelled through a sea of bodies in the area before nestling into the bottom corner past a dumfounded Renshaw.

A cagey game continued in the same vein for the first ten minutes of the second half, but Moors put together a neat phase of play one minute before the hour mark to double their lead.

Mulhern was the architect, dribbling to the bye-line past Matt Challoner before picking out an alert Taylor who smashed in his ninth league goal of the campaign.

Moors’ apparent sense of comfort and grip on the occasion began to loosen when Jack McKay turned in from close range after a nifty run from Adam Thomas.

Magnay, who was injured shortly before the goal, was then forced off with a knee injury, adding to Spennymoor’s growing injury concerns.

From that moment onwards Curzon could sense a late leveller, and, after a ball found its way through to Waters, he slotted beneath Eve to end Moors’ winning league streak.

Spennymoor Town (5-3-2) : GK Eve , RWB Hall , CB Kennedy , CB Tait , CB Magnay (Lufudu 81) , LWB McLean , CM Ramshaw  , CM Abbott , CM Moke , ST Mulhern , ST Taylor (C) .

Subs not used: Flatters, Hindson, Patterson, Anderson

Curzon Ashton (4-3-3 ):  GK Renshaw , RB Challinor , CB Poscha , CB Flowers , LB Waters , CM Whitham (C) , CM Dunn , CM Curran  (Lussey 69), RW Thomas , ST Hobson (Wilson 76), LW McKay.

Subs not used: Daly, Mahon, Dyche

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