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A goal in either half from Rob Ramshaw secured a fourth successive victory for Moors as they eased past Alfreton Town in tough conditions at The Impact Arena.
Ramshaw, operating in the number ten role, headed in from close range before driving through the legs of goalkeeper Charlie Andrew on the hour mark.
Jason Ainsley named the same starting eleven that started against Gloucester a week previous, with Dan Ward making way for Joe Atkinson on the bench.
Moors, who were smarting from a fine run over the past month, began brightly, going close when Shane Henry audaciously flicked towards goal at the front post following a low driven corner.
Alfreton goalkeeper Andrew was almost left red faced when his own defender flicked the ball over his head and into the path of James Roberts, but the keeper made amends by denying the Moors striker.
The home side’s best moment in the opening exchanges came when their top scorer Amari Morgan-Smith skipped past the challenge of James Curtis in the penalty area, but his low cross failed to find a teammate.
After a lull in proceedings midway through the first half, Spennymoor took the initiative and took the lead after a superb team move resulted in another goal for the in-form Ramshaw.
Moors carved Alfreton apart with four touches. First, Curtis sprayed an inch perfect ball to Ben McKenna, with the winger expertly caressing the ball down the line. His pinpoint low cross found the head Ramshaw who powered a header past Andrew.
A previously tame affair then exploded into life with Glen Taylor and Conor Branson receiving yellow cards in quick succession, before Jamie Chandler almost scored in successive games with a low drive which was saved.
The first ten minutes of the second half was packed with incident from the first whistle, with Carl Magnay going into the notebook shortly after a huge appeal for handball from Moors.
Danny Clarke headed against the bar with a looping effort which left Gould stranded as the home side looked to forge a way back into the contest, but Moors were always in charge of the game and were denied a second of the afternoon minutes later.
Taylor, looking to continue his brilliant recent run of goalscoring, struck a thunderous free-kick from 20 yards against the underside of the bar, but despite the ball seemingly crossing the goal-line and bouncing back out, the referee and his linesman failed to spot the goal.
Ultimately, that moment of controversy was inconsequential as Ramshaw doubled his personal tally just past the hour mark, cutting inside the area before hitting a fizzing effort which went through the legs of Andrew.
Alfreton posed little threat as Moors dealt with countless aerial balls into the box, but were thankful Taylor who headed a goal bound effort off the line to keep his side’s clean sheet intact.
The result moves Moors above Alfreton on goal difference and one place behind Brackley Town, who we face on Tuesday evening at St James Park.
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|2nd November 2019||3:00 pm||National League North||2019/20||421|