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Glen Taylor’s second half winner earned Moors a big three points as they moved into the National League North play-off places at a packed-out Brewery Field.
Taylor drilled a low effort in from the edge of the area to separate two organised sides, claiming his 14th goal of the season in the process.
Jason Ainsley made one change to the side who drew 0-0 at Brackley on Tuesday evening, with Ben McKenna missing his first game of the season and being replaced by Mark Anderson on the left wing.
The first chance of a chilly afternoon at The Brewery Field fell to Southport defender Dean Winnard who saw his header from a deep corner cleared off the line via a combination of Spennymoor bodies.
A scrappy opening between two sides who cancelled each other out in the opening twenty minutes featured little in the way of goalmouth action, with Spennymoor struggling to carve open a well drilled Sandgrounders defence.
Much like Tuesday nights contest at St James Park, it was a case of two well drilled and organised sides coming head to head and proving why they are the two in-form outfits in the division.
David Morgan, fresh from being named October’s National League North Player of the Month, saw his snap shot fly wide of the post, before Anderson had to time look up and try his luck from distance, but Charlie Albinson collected the effort comfortably.
The second half followed the same pattern as its predecessor, with both teams struggling to find their cutting edge in the final quarter of the pitch.
Morgan had a chance to test Matt Gould from a free-kick after he was brought down by Anderson, resulting in a yellow card to the Moors man, but the Southport man drifted a harmless shot wide.
It took till the hour mark for Moors to create their first true opening of the contest, and it was a move started by the superb James Curtis. He drove forward and slid the ball down the line to James Roberts, but when he teed up Anderson, he could only drag an effort past Albinson’s far post.
That phase of play jolted Spennymoor and the big crowd around the stadium into life and Moors took a crucial lead twenty minutes after the restart. Taylor, who was marshalled well up to that point by the Southport defence, found a yard of space on the edge of the box before firing a low shot past the outstretched arm of Albinson.
Taylor, the difference in a tight game, almost doubled Moors’ lead when he was quickest to react to a ball in the area, but Zehn Mohammed got a foot in to divert the shot wide for a corner.
From the resulting corner captain Christopher Mason came within inches of scoring a rare goal on two separate occasions. After having a close range stab of the bar cleared off the line, the defender then swiped a shot over the bar from six yards.
Taylor tested Albinson’s alertness soon after with a snapshot at his near post, before Zehn Mohammed had two headed attempts denied, first by Gould then by his own player.
Moors ground out a professional performance and moved up to 5th in the table ahead of the visit of Boston United on Tuesday evening.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|9th November 2019||3:00 pm||National League North||2019/20||1333|