2 - 1Full Time
Shane Henry’s superb strike in the second half was the difference as Spennymoor recovered from an early setback to fight back and claim three points against an impressive Boston side.
Both sets of players were greeted by a raucous crowd on a chilly evening in County Durham, and it was the away side who warmed up to the challenge the quickest, going close when Luke Shiels headed over the bar from six yards despite being unchallenged from a corner.
However, The Pilgrims didn’t have to wait long to find the opener and it was a goal which was manufactured with ease. Jordan Thewlis drove down the right and his cross was turned in by the alert Dominic Knowles via his chest from a yard out.
James Roberts almost found an immediate equaliser but his attempted stab a goal on the angle flew wide of the post, but in truth, it was a frustrating start for Moors who had to withstand a barrage of Boston possession.
The away side, despite their dominance, were grateful for the reaction of goalkeeper Peter Crook when Rob Ramshaw’s drive down the right past the committed challenge of Alex Penny ended with a low cross which was claimed at the second attempt by the shot stopper.
An action packed first half continued and despair turned to elation for Spennymoor in the space of a crazy minute of football. Boston broke forward with speed and had the ball in the net when Martyn Woolford struck into the net after Matt Gould had stopped Thewlis’ initial attempt.
However, Woolford’s attempt took a deflection of Knowles on the way in, signalling the linesman to raise his flag on the far side.
Gould took the resulting free-kick and the ball eventually found its way to Roberts who kept his cool to wrong-foot Penny and calmly slot past Crook.
A frantic half continued in the same pattern as the 100mph nature of the game showed no signs of letting up, and Moors almost turned the game around when Ramshaw’s header looped onto the roof of the net.
Roberts then stung the palms of Crook after a precise through ball from Mark Anderson found his direct run into the penalty area, and as the half drew to a close, Moors looked the more likely to find a second goal.
Boston captain Shiels, after intercepting a long ball and driving forward, lunged in on Anderson and left the midfielder in a heap four minutes after the restart, but the referee deemed the challenge only worthy of a yellow card.
It was the away side who felt aggrieved minutes later when the nippy Thewlis drove to byeline past Christopher Mason and delivered onto the head of Knowles, but the striker’s header was blocked by Jake Hibbs. There were big appeals for handball against Moors’ defender, but the referee as unmoved.
The relentless pace of the game dipped as the second half grew, but The Brewery Field rose to its feet in harmony when Spennymoor turned the game around thanks to a moment of brilliance from Shane Henry.
The midfielder, more renowned for his defensive qualities, drove forward under pressure from a Boston man before unleashing a pile-driver of a shot from 25-yards which flew into the top corner past the dive of Crook.
Boston lacked the cutting edge they showed in the first half and flattered to decide after the restart, but they came very close to equalising when Penny somehow saw his shot from six yards blocked by a flying body.
After being introduced moments before Moors took the lead, winger Ben McKenna showed strength and skill to outfox two Boston defenders before allowing Taylor to take over, but his shot was well saved by the busy Crook.
A dogged defensive display towards the end of the game saw Spennymoor record a sixth win in eight games to move up to fourth in the National League North.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|12th November 2019||7:45 pm||National League North||2019/20||930|