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Spennymoor extended their unbeaten league run to 12 games but were forced to settle for a point on an eventful afternoon in Leamington.

There were two alterations to the side who were dumped out of the FA Trophy a fortnight ago on the same ground, with Carl Magnay and Ryan Hall replacing Jake Hibbs and James Roberts.

The game was in its infancy when Leamington, who headed into the clash full of confidence after a 3-0 win over Darlington on Tuesday, took the lead inside the first minute.

Josh March collected the ball on the far side and was allowed to deliver a low cross to Kaiman Anderson. The winger prodded the delivery past Matt Gould to give Jason Ainsley an early headache.

Spennymoor failed to test goalkeeper Jake Weaver in a scrappy opening to the game, but they did go close following a counter attack from a Leamington corner.

Glen Taylor, who passed a late fitness test before the match, played a clever ball to Ben McKenna who in turn slipped a ball to Rob Ramshaw. The midfielder’s cross was fizzed in with pace and almost turned in by a Leamington defender, but the ball was eventually cleared.

A moment of quality saw Moors force their way back into the contest, and it was another quick breakaway that started the move. Taylor swept a cross field ball to McKenna who’s blocked shot spun high into the air, with the ball dropping to the right boot of Ramshaw who struck a sweet volley past Weaver.

That goal changed the complexion of the first half and Moors were suddenly in charge of events, going close when Taylor headed wide from a corner, but that miss was forgotten when another superb strike put Spennymoor ahead.

McKenna was involved again down the left, delivering a deep cross which found the advanced Jamie Chandler. He rolled the ball along the edge of the area via a touch from Taylor, with Hall fizzing an unstoppable effort past the dive of Weaver.

Moors were dealt a blow late in the first half when Nathan Buddle was took off with suspected concussion, with Stephen Brogan replacing him.

Spennymoor began the second half with a spring in their step and almost increased their advantage eight minutes after the restart.

The stand out McKenna flicked the ball over the top to Shane Henry who made a lung busting run to hammer a shot towards goal, but it went just wide of Weaver’s right hand post.

On a day when Moors when looked deadly on the counter attack, they once again broke with speed from a Leamington corner through Ramshaw. The midfielder arrowed a pass to Taylor who was in acres of space, and when the clumsy Jack Edwards bundled him over in the penalty area, the referee pointed to the spot.

Taylor had the opportunity to stretch Moors’ advantage and take the game away from Leamington, but he struck his penalty over the bar.

That miss allowed Leamington to gather some much needed momentum, but they were fortunate not to fall behind further when the uncertain Weaver failed to clear his lines on multiple occasions, with the goalkeeper eventually slicing the ball up field.

The Brakes failed to test Gould throughout the match but always posed a threat from balls into the area and set-pieces, and Moors were unable to hold their lead when Chris Mason fouled March in the area, allowing the Leamington striker to equalise from the spot.

March, full of confidence after his goal, came within inches of completing an unlikely comeback when his audacious long range effort hit the bar, with Moors breathing a sigh of relief after seemingly being in control of the contest.

At that moment either side could have snatched all three points on an eventful afternoon, but ultimately, the points were shared.

Moors are in Durham Challenge Cup action on Tuesday against Sunderland RCA at The Brewery Field.

Leamington

Kieran Dunbar
Junior English
Jack Lane Defender
James Mace Defender
Joe Clarke Midfielder
Jack Edwards Midfielder
Callum Gittings Midfielder
Jake Weaver Goalkeeper
Kaiman Anderson Forward 1'
Josh March Forward 74 (pen
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Spennymoor

1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Carl Magnay Defender
3Christopher Mason Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Nathan Buddle 12 Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Ryan Hall Midfielder 29'
8Shane Henry Midfielder
9Glen Taylor Forward
10Robert Ramshaw Midfielder 22'
11Ben McKenna Midfielder
12Stephen Brogan 5 Defender
14Mark Anderson Midfielder
15James Roberts Forward
16Adam Boyes Forward
17Andrew Johnson Midfielder
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Clean Sheet
0
0
Goals
2
2
Assists
0
0
Yellow Cards
1
1
Red Cards
0
0

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Leamington112Draw
Spennymoor202Draw

Details

Date Time Competition Season
7th December 2019 3:00 pm National League North 2019/20

Ground

The Phillips 66 Community Stadium
Harbury Ln, Leamington Spa CV34 7BN, UK

Past Meetings

2019/20
The Phillips 66 Community Stadium

2018/19
The Brewery Field

Attendance: 786
2018/19
The Phillips 66 Community Stadium

2017/18
The Brewery Field

2017/18
The Phillips 66 Community Stadium