SpennymoorKing’s Lynn Town
2 - 2Full Time
Moors were forced to settle for a point after conceding two second half goals from corners in an entertaining clash with King’s Lynn Town.
Adam Boyes and James Roberts both scored after being handed starts, but headers from Adam Marriott and Rory McAuley either side mean Moors have won just one of their opening eight games.
There were four changes from the side who began the game at Gateshead, with Carl Magnay, Shane Henry and strikers Roberts and Boyes coming in.
The absence of Glen Taylor after he was ruled out for three to four weeks due to an ankle injury meant Jason Ainsley opted to play two strikers in a 4-4-2 formation.
Moors began with a spring in their step and looking like a side with a point to prove following a 1-0 loss at Gateshead on Tuesday.
From the first whistle Spennymoor were sharp and alert and came close when Roberts stung the palms of Alex Street on two seperate occasions in quick succession.
But, the best chance of the opening five minutes was still to come when Dan Ward chipped a ball into the box for Boyes, but he sent a free header over the bar with the goal gaping.
Boyes was involved on the fifteen minute mark as King’s Lynn, who looked miles away from their status as league leaders, struggled to clear a corner, but the Moors striker couldn’t get a decisive touch.
Roberts tested Linnets’ keeper Street once again midway through the half with an acrobatic effort, but his shot lacked pace and the chance went begging.
The pressure continued to mount and Moors got a deserved opener after 25 minutes of constant pressure. A throw-in was flicked on by Rob Ramshaw into the path of Boyes who drilled a volley past the arm of Street for his first of the season.
It was no more than a superb Moors performance to that point deserved, but the visitors, despite not creating anything almost equalised as Michael Gash and Marriott both hit the post in the space of two minutes.
The combination of Boyes and Roberts, who were playing together for the first time, continued to cause huge problems for King’s Lynn, with the former drilling a low shot inches wide of the post after the latter’s cut back.
King’s Lynn came close as the half drew to a close, with Henry making a last ditch goal line clearance to deny McAuley.
After a scrappy start to the second half it was the visitors who forced their way back into the game when Marriott flicked in from a few yards out following a corner.
Moors, who were down to ten men for the set-piece after Henry collided with his own teammate, once again conceded from a set-piece, a recurring theme this season.
But that equaliser only spurred Moors on and they retook the lead when Boyes turned provider, slipping in Roberts who kept his cool and slotted past Street from a tight angle.
Boyes was involved in the thick of the action minutes later when he netted his second, but he was adjudged to have been offside following a ball by Ward.
Despite seemingly wrestling the play back from the visitors, the same set-piece issues were awoken when McAuley rose unmarked to head past Matt Gould.
Moors host Blyth Spartans on Tuesday evening.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|King’s Lynn Town||0||2||2||Draw|