- Few chances in a tense first half
- Ramshaw see’s header saved late on with game goalless
- Felix bursts on goal and finishes to give bottom side win
- Moors still mathematically in play-off race after 94th minute Gloucester goal
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Spennymoor’s play-off hopes hang by a thread after a costly defeat at relegation threatened Guiseley.
A 94th minute equaliser from Kevin Dawson for Gloucester at Boston means Moors are three points from 7th heading into the final day of the season.
Kaine Felix netted six minutes from time to take The Lions’ fight to stay up to Saturday.
Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley made one enforced change from the starting line-up against Hereford, with Luke Spokes replacing the injured Jude Oyibo.
Guiseley, who went into the game bottom of the table and with the threat of relegation looming large, started brightly with the lively John Johnson causing Moors early issues.
Moors were stifled early on as a home crowd not seemingly phased by a potential drop to the Northern Premier Division got behind their side.
With Boston taking an early lead at home to Gloucester elsewhere in the division, Moors knew a goal was needed to stay in the top seven race.
Tensions threatened to boil over when George Cantrill and Jamie Chandler had a disagreement ten minutes before the break, with the referee opting to let the game move on without any cautions.
It was a game of endeavour and physicality other than moments of quality, with a goalless half-time score line emphasising the tightness of the occasion.
However, former Spennymoor midfielder Jamie Spencer did have a sight of goal on the whistle but headed over the bar.
The second half started at a brighter tempo, and it was the home side who created the game’s best opening when Kaine Felix bobbled a shot towards goal, only for a Moors boot to loop it onto the net.
Another former Moors player in Shaun Tuton then had a golden chance when he latched on to a ball over the top, but his drive was straight at Jordan Amissah.
The second half was a complete contrast from its predecessor, with a fast and energetic tempo taking the place of a previously languid affair.
Moors threatened to find an opening goal but were denied by a cluster of blocks and last ditch challenges, but the home side also remained a threat on the break.
The stretched nature of the game became more evident when John Johnston burst through on goal, and, after hurdling several challenges, forced Amissah into another stop.
Jordan Preston was introduced for Ryan Hall with twenty minutes remaining, and the forward glanced a header wide via a deflection just moments after his arrival.
Another second half sub, Mark Anderson, then headed Kenton Richardson’s pinpoint cross straight at Owen Mason, before Amissah comfortably collected Dom Tear’s tame header.
The pressure on Guiseley’s goal continued to grow, with Rob Ramshaw having the clearest opening of the afternoon to that point when his header from six yards was superbly stopped by Owen Mason.
There was always a sense that one season defining goal would arrive for one team, and, after Spokes lost possession in midfield, Felix drove forward before finding the bottom corner.
Moors were out of the play-off race at the full time whistle, however, Gloucester’s equaliser at Boston kept Spennymoor in the hunt ahead of the visit of Chorley.
Guiseley: Mason, Hutchinson, Cantrill, Ekpolo, Mbeka, Hollins, Johnston, Spencer (Tear 73), Tuton, Felix (C), Latty-Fairweather (Cartwright 61).
Spennymoor Town: Amissah, Hall (Preston 70), Richardson, Curtis (C), Tait, Pye, Chandler (Anderson 66), Ramshaw, Spokes, Thewlis (Thompson 82), Taylor,
Unused subs: Flatters, Ofosu.