- Taylor volleys in 17th goal of the season to give Moors lead
- Charman fires in from long range to level four minutes later
- Oyibo impresses on debut from the bench
- Both sides cancel each other out in cagey games
Attendance: 1927 (219 away fans)
Spennymoor Town 1
Glen Taylor and Luke Charman exchanged goals once again as Moors and Darlington shared the spoils at Blackwell Meadows.
Taylor opened the scoring with a thumping volley following a quiet opening to the game, securing his 17th goal of the campaign in the process.
Moors could only hold the lead for four minutes, with Charman striking from distance and beating the dive of Dale Eve.
The game threatened the explode into life throughout, with both sides creating good openings, however, a point apiece proved a fair result.
Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley made one change to the side beaten at Blyth, with Stephen Thompson brought in against his former club, replacing Frank Mulhern.
New signing Oyibo, who joined Moors on New Year’s Eve, began the afternoon on the bench.
The atmosphere at Blackwell Meadows was subdued as the two sides tussled for control of the game in the first twenty minutes, however, chances were at a premium.
The first moment of quality brought the first goal, with Taylor connecting with a deep Luke Spokes corner, blasting a volley past Tommy Taylor via a clip off the crossbar.
That goal gave Moors the advantage and new level of intensity, with Rob Ramshaw stinging the palms of Taylor with a fizzing effort.
Darlington hadn’t been in the game in terms of chances, however, the class of Charman was showcased four minutes after Taylor’s opener, with The Quakers’ striker arrowing a shot past Eve from distance.
Jake Cassidy glanced a header wide ten minutes later as Darlington began to assert a small level of dominance, however, their efforts were ultimately fruitless.
Neither side made changes at the interval as the games fractured pattern continued into the second half.
Former Quaker Thompson had Spennymoor’s clearest opening, but his shot from inside the area was sharply blocked by Taylor.
The home side saw Alex Purver’s effort zip wide of the post midway through the second period, before the same player blasted over the bar.
The introduction of Oyibo just past the hour mark injected life into the contest, with the winger’s trickery causing issues for Darlington’s defence.
He arguably should have won a spot-kick when he went down under the challenge of Jarrett Rivers, but the referee was unmoved.
James Curtis, who looked unlikely to continue following an injury in the first half, almost won it late on but his header flashed wide of the post.
Blyth Spartans: Taylor, Griffiths, Ellis, Smith, Hatfield, Charman, Rivers, Cassidy, Lawlor, Purver, Rose.
Spennymoor Town: Eve, Lufudu (Oyibo), Tait, Curtis (C), Richardson, Spokes (Moke), Chandler, Ramshaw, Taylor, Thompson (Anderson), McLean.
Subs not used: Abbott, Hall.