A.F.C. Telford UnitedSpennymoor
2 - 2Full Time
Spennymoor surrendered a two-goal lead accumulated inside the first 25 minutes as Telford battled back to claim a point in an engrossing National League North encounter.
Goals from Glen Taylor and James Roberts put Moors on course for a third win in the space of a week, but a cool finish from Adam Walker and a header from Billy Sass Davies earned The Bucks a share of the spoils.
Jason Ainsley made one change from the side who defeated Boston 2-1 at The Brewery Field on Tuesday night, with Ben McKenna replacing Mark Anderson on the left wing.
Moors almost made the perfect start in front of a good crowd at the New Bucks Head stadium when Rob Ramshaw’s superbly flighted ball over the top found the run of Roberts, but the striker’s low effort narrowly missed both the inside of the post and the onrushing Taylor.
But, Roberts was heavily involved as Spennymoor took the lead just after the ten minute mark. After beating Riccardo Calder with a nifty flick over the defender’s head, a burst of pace took him past the former Bradford (Park Avenue) man, forcing the full back to slice down Roberts.
The referee did not hesitate and immediately gave the spot-kick, presenting Taylor with the chance to take his tally for the season to 15 in all competitions and 96 for Spennymoor overall.
The home side hit back with two chances of their own in a hectic opening phase. First, Aaron Williams forced Gould to palm out from the edge of the area, before James McQuilkin’s volley was tipped round the post by Moors’ keeper.
Taylor then came close to doubling his personal tally when he leapt to meet McKenna’s corner, but Matthew Yates, on loan from Birmingham City, kept out a certain second for Moors.
That second, which narrowly eluded Moors moments earlier, arrived with ease after 24 minutes when Roberts ran on to Taylor’s well won flick on before chipping the ball over Yates and tapping into an empty net.
The home side, despite trailing by two and on a baron run of form, never looked out of the game, and were within inches of pulling a goal back two minutes after Roberts had doubled Spennymoor’s lead.
Following a McQuilking corner, the loose ball dropped on to the edge of the area to Walker who’s goal bound shot was heroically cleared off the line by the alert Jamie Chandler. Despite appeals that the ball had crossed the line, the referee was unmoved.
The end to end nature of the contest continued and Moors were almost three goals to the good when Ramshaw flicked McKenna’s cross just past the post, and just a minute later, The Bucks finally had their goal.
Ryan Barnett tried his luck from the edge of the box which Chandler got in the way off, but when the ball fell kindly for Walker, the former Brackley midfielder clipped the ball past Gould with the outside of his boot.
Moors breathed a collective sigh of relief moments before the half-time whistle when Matt Stenson rattled the crossbar with a thunderous drive from outside the box.
The relentless nature of the game carried on after the break, and it was the home side who began the better, clearly carrying the momentum after their rally at the end of the first half.
That momentum saw them claim an equaliser two minutes after the restart, and after being unsuccessful with a high number of corners in the first 45 minutes, McQuilkin found the head of Sass Davies who nodded in.
Taylor came close to putting Moors back in control just three minutes later but he couldn’t steer in from a tight angle, coupled with the added pressure of goalkeeper Yates.
It was anyone’s game as the game drew to its conclusion, with Telford coming within inches of completing a turnaround when Walker’s drive and eventual low cross into the box evaded both Williams and Stenson.
Spennymoor got into promising attacking areas in the final 20 minutes without finding the killer touch, meaning they secured a point which keeps them in 4th position.
Moors travel to Leamington in the FA Trophy next Saturday.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|A.F.C. Telford United||1||1||2||Draw|
|16th November 2019||3:00 pm||National League North||2019/20||1190|
|New Bucks Head|