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Glen Taylor scored his tenth goal of the season as Spennymoor claimed all three points in a smash and grab victory at Nuneaton.
Moors were fortunate to be level at the break as the hosts missed a cluster of guilt edge chances.
After Jordan Nicholson and Leon Lobjoit failed to convert golden opportunities, David Foley squared to Taylor who tapped in from six yards seven minutes from time.
Jason Ainsley made two enforced changes to side that beat Chorley, with the injured duo Andrew Johnson and Shane Henry being replaced by Ryan Hall and Rob Ramshaw.
The home side, playing at Liberty Way under new manager Dino Maamria for the first time, started brightly, and almost took the lead when Ashley Chambers’ shot took a deflection and went narrowly wide.
Nicholson, a constant threat in the first half, stung the palms of Jordan Porter after he collected a clever short corner, before his cross marginally evaded Chambers.
It was Nicholson who had the best chance of the game ten minutes before the break, but he could only fire his shot wide of the post from six yards.
Spennymoor were restricted to long distance shots in the first half, with Kallum Griffiths, Mark Anderson and Taylor all seeing their efforts comfortably saved by Dean Lyness.
After a quiet opening spell in the second period, a clash between Joe Tait and Chambers, after the latter had committed a cynical foul, sparked the match back into life.
Nuneaton continued to create chances and should have taken the lead when Lobjoit shot wide of the post after being played in by Nicholson.
That missed proved pivotal, as with seven minutes of normal time remaining, Moors snatched all three points.
Foley made a yard of space and fired a low ball across the six yard box which found the instinctive Taylor. Moors leading striker wasn’t going to replicate Nuneaton’s lack of quality in front of goal, tapping in at the front post.
Chambers almost levelled the scoreline immediately after Moors had taken the lead, but his shot hit the side netting.
The result means Moors jump up one place to fourth in the National League North after Blyth’s defeat at Bradford Park Avenue.
High flyers Harrogate Town visit The Brewery Field next Saturday.
|4th November 2017||3:00 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|Liberty Way Stadium|
|7 Liberty Way, Nuneaton CV11 6RZ, UK|