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Spennymoor Town ran out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to a Glen Taylor double and an Andrew Johnson goal as they punished Boston United at The Jakemans Stadium.
The visitors posed a constant attacking threat on the front foot and may well have scored more, looking comfortable throughout in defence.
Taylor bundled home the game’s opener from close range from a driven David Foley cross, who also set Taylor up for his second and Johnson up for Spennymoor’s third in a superb performance.
Moors made one change from Saturday’s defeat at Brackley Town as Johnson returned to the starting lineup to replace Jamie Chandler. It was Johnson who made most of the early inroads for the visitors as he cut in from the left hand channel twice in succession, once firing just over the bar and once curling a sumptuous drive onto the post.
Foley almost opened the scoring when Chantler and Johnson combined on the left and the full back slid the ball to the back post. Foley slid to connect, but his tap-in was cleared off the line heroically by Brad McGowan.
The moment was the first glimpse of Foley, who went on to terrorise Pilgrims right back Taron Hare all evening. He gave the defender the slip a number of times over the following 15 minutes but none of his crosses found an arriving blue Spennymoor shirt.
Foley then raced on to a Johnson ball and rounded goalkeeper George Willis wide on the left of the pitch. He pulled back to the penalty spot from the byline but Boston scrambled clear with Taylor and Hall lurking.
Hall was sent clear as the game entered the final five minutes of the first half, but Willis spread himself well to thwart the speedy attacker one-on-one.
On 42 minutes, Moors took the lead with a deserved goal, again involving Foley. Tait kept a deep corner alive, before Foley skipped around Hare and drilled the ball into the six yard box where Taylor bundled the ball over the line to give the visitors the lead.
Moors clearly identified the effectiveness of their wingers at half time and continued to utilise them in the second period. Foley again turned Hare inside out but his prod into the six yard box cannoned off shins before being hooked away.
Boston managed a strong 10 minute spell and almost found an equaliser through the lively Kabolo Tshimanga as he picked his way into five yards of space and fired over the top via a deflection. Griffiths then kept Moors ahead when he cleared substitute Jack Broadhead’s bouncing shot off the line.
Broadhead and Tshimanga continued to threaten and the former muscled his way onto the ball in the box, allowing Tshimanga to smash just wide of the target.
The closest Boston came to scoring was when Ashley Hemmings’ left foot corner curled directly onto the face of the crossbar at the back post and was cleared.
Moors introduced Jamie Chandler for Ryan Hall in a bid to regain control of the middle of the park and immediately got back on the front foot to double their lead with the moment of the match.
Foley picked the ball up on the halfway line and struck the pass of the season, drilling the ball 70 yards across the pitch a foot off the turf, dissecting the defence and finding Taylor on the right of the penalty area. He cut inside onto his left foot and drilled low into the bottom right hand corner to put an end to Boston’s resurgence.
The game was put to bed eight minutes later as a Ramshaw exploded down the right wing, lifting a cross to the back post where Foley calmly set up Johnson, who made no mistake from 10 yards to side-foot home.
The Spennymoor fans stayed for 15 minutes after the final whistle to serenade the players with chants of “Jason Ainsley’s Army”, showing their appreciation for a memorable away display.
Willis, Hare, Beatson, Keane, McGowan, Batchelor, Vince, Chapman, Tshimanga, Hemmings, Waite
SUBS: Warren, Broadhead, Hawley, Adams, McGuire
Lowson, Griffiths, Chantler, Tait, Curtis, Dixon, Ramshaw, Foley, Hall, Johnson, Taylor
SUBS: Mason, Porter, Anderson, Orrell, Chandler
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