- Taylor converts contentious spot kick in first half
- Anderson taps in second after Urwin spills Taylor shot
- Moors end season in tenth and three points from final play-off space
Spennymoor Town 2
Taylor 18 (pen)
Spennymoor ended the season on a high with a deserved victory over play-off qualifiers Chorley at a rapturous Brewery Field.
Moors were handed a slice of luck when the referee wrongly adjudged Matt Urwin to have fouled Jordan Thewlis, with Glen Taylor converting the resulting spot-kick.
Mark Anderson netted his second goal of the campaign against The Magpies when he tapped in following Urwin’s save from Taylor in the second half.
Spennymoor began brightly and were denied by the outstretched glove of Urwin following a well placed shot from Jordan Preston.
The Magpies, who needed to match York City’s result elsewhere to secure home advantage in their upcoming play-off eliminator tie, saw Brad Holmes drag a shot wide after Kenton Richardson lost possession in his own half.
Taylor, looking to round of another excellent personal campaign, fired a free-kick wide before former Spennymoor loanee Billy Whitehouse zipped wide of the post up the other end.
The contest was opened up courtesy of a contentious penalty decision, with the referee adjudging Urwin to have taken down Thewlis despite the keeper getting two hands on the ball.
Taylor gleefully took up the opportunity presented to him and converted the spot kick to raise optimism levels around The Brewery Field.
Ollie Shenton almost responded for the visitors immediately when a long throw-in dropped to him from eight yards, but his drive was straight at Jordan Amissah.
Amissah, following treatment for a suspected knee problem, sprung to his left to deny Willem Tomlinson’s long range free kick, before he then curled a deflected shot against the post after a well worked corner routine.
Spennymoor almost hit The Magpies on the counter when Thewlis drove on and played in Jamie Chandler, but the charging midfielder ran out of steam and sent a shot over the ball.
The Magpies always remained a threat, with the lively Holmes clipping the post with a floated free-kick just before the interval.
There was a sense of déjà vu four minutes into the second half when Thewlis collected a pass and tried to round Urwin, with the keeper coming out on top and winning the ball.
Spennymoor were still in the hunt for the final play-off place and the picture improved when Anderson was quickest to react from Taylor’s shot, side footing in from six yards out.
Connor Hall then headed against the bar as news filtered through that both Kettering and Alfreton had fallen behind in their respective games.
Moors were playing with an expressive freedom not seen in recent weeks, with Kenton Richardson being denied by a block before James Curtis’ header was superbly stopped by Urwin.
Chorley were disappointing in the second half but forged a clear opening when Holmes’ header was well saved by the alert Amissah.
The striking of the post and bar was a consistent theme over the course of the game, this time Joe Tait hitting the woodwork with a firm header at the back post.
Urwin pulled off another miraculous save when tipped Rob Ramshaw’s header onto the bar, before Curtis flashed a shot wide from the resulting aftermath.