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Jason Law scored in the final minute of injury time as Spennymoor suffered a fourth defeat in five games against Kettering Town.
Law, a second half substitute, found space on the edge of the area before flashing a shot past Matt Gould which took a deflection en route.
Glen Taylor had put Moors ahead twelve minutes after the break, only for Marcus Kelly to head in unmarked five minutes later.
Jason Ainsley gave debuts to his two new additions to the squad this week, with full backs Tyler Forbes and Lewis Butroid both being thrust straight into the action.
Mark Anderson replaced the injured Shane Henry on a day which saw strong winds create difficult conditions at The Brewery Field.
Ben McKenna had the game’s first chance when he connected with James Roberts’ fizzing cross, but he couldn’t direct his header goal wards.
The visitors struggled to carve any moments of quality in the opening ten minutes and almost fell behind when a sloppy pass from Michael McGrath was pounced upon by Roberts who played in the bombarding Rob Ramshaw down the right.
Ramshaw delayed his pass and waited for the arrival of Roberts who saw his effort tipped over by the athletic Paul White via a deflection.
The Poppies looked a constant threat from long throw-ins and almost took the lead against the run of play when Brett Solkhon almost flicked in after Butroid’s inadvertent touch.
But, Moors always looked likely on the break and the on loan left back Butroid showcased his attacking quality after skipping past his marker and delivering a teasing ball which Taylor was inches from connecting with.
As the half progressed the scrappy nature of the game intensified, Kettering began to create more chances, with Aaron O’Connor heading just over the bar before the marauding Taylor blasted over the bar on the counter.
Ainsley opted to make an alteration at the interval, introducing Andrew Johnson for McKenna on the left wing, but that did little to improve the quality of a game in need of a moment of class.
It was a contest which was always going to require a moment of quality or a slice of luck, and the latter arrived just before the hour mark when Taylor’s powerful free-kick on the edge of the box took a deflection before bouncing in via the crossbar.
From that moment it seemed as though Moors would build upon that opener, but, just five minutes later the visitors broke quickly to equalise.
The lively Marcus Kelly, bright throughout the afternoon, raced forward and played the ball up to Tre Mitford who in turn found O’Connor. His deep cross found the Kelly who was unmarked to head home.
The visitors were fortunate to not find themselves down to ten men when Michael McGrath committed a yellow card offence in each half, with the second challenge only being punished by the referee.
That goal proved to be a sucker punch for Moors with the away side looking the more likely to finding a second, and they came within inches of taking the lead seven minutes before the final whistle when O’Connor’s overhead kick.
With the game heading towards a 1-1 draw, a fair reflection on the game overall, three of the four minutes of injury time had been played when the recently introduced Law collected a pass from O’Connor on the edge of the box.
The on-loan midfielder struck a sweet shot which flew past the hand of Gould after taking nick along the way, condemning Moors to a second home loss in three, and a fourth defeat in five games.
Altrincham, who are level on points with Spennymoor with two games in hand, visit The Brewery Field on Tuesday evening.
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