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Glen Taylor’s last minute winner gave Spennymoor their first win of the season on a drama filled afternoon.
Taylor tapped into an empty net in the dying moments after Adam Boyes kept his cool in the six yard area.
Jason Ainsley made two changes from the side who drew 1-1 at Curzon Ashton on Bank Holiday Monday, with Andrew Johnson and Mark Anderson replacing Dan Ward and Gavin Cogdon.
Chester debutant George Glendon, who only joined The Blues on Friday, was in the thick of the action after just a minute when he left his mark on Rob Ramshaw, with the referee showing the midfielder a rapid yellow card.
Moors, in desperate need of a fast start given the start to the season, endured a nightmare beginning when the red hot Akwasi Asante rounded Matt Gould and tapped into an empty net after just seven minutes.
That goal did little to dampen Spennymoor’s enthusiasm and they began to create a host of good chances.
First, Mark Anderson collected a ball over the top and rounded Russ Griffiths, but his goal bound shot from a tight angle was cleared off the line by Danny Livesey.
Livesey came to Chester’s aid once again seconds later when he blocked Nathan Buddle’s shot form the resulting corner away.
But Moors were almost made to pay for passing up those chances when Simon Grand, who was inexplicably unmarked in the six yard box, headed over the bar from Joel Taylor’s delayed free-kick.
As the half meandered towards its conclusion, Moors were handed a lifeline when the away side were reduced to ten men in confusing and bewildering circumstances.
Livesey had just been shown a yellow card for dissent after being told to go off and receive treatment for a head wound, and upon returning to the field, referee Mr Hulme branded a second booking and sent off the Chester defender.
Spennymoor, now with a man advantage and playing into a strong wind, made the most of their newly found lease of life and equalised seven minutes after the interval.
It was an equaliser which Blues goalkeeper Russ Griffiths will not want to see again, as Andrew Johnson’s long range curler squirmed through his legs and over the line.
That huge error left Griffiths temporarily uneasy and he was tested again when Taylor fired from the edge of the area, but the keeper palmed it away from danger.
The goal proved a spring board for Spennymoor and they were denied another goal after the linesman adjudged Glen Taylor to be an offside position following a smart finish from the striker.
Despite the extra man the away side continued to remain a threat and came within inches of retaking the lead when Anthony Dudley turned Asante’s low cross against the post.
Moors huffed and puffed and came close through Anderson and Taylor’s efforts from distance, but as the game hurdled towards its conclusion, Boyes pounced on another Griffiths error.
Taylor was in the right place at the right time to tap into an empty net and send the Moors crowd into raptures.
Spennymoor make the short trip to Gateshead on Tuesday evening.
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|31st August 2019||3:00 pm||National League North||2019/20||1049|