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Ryan Giles’ second half goal saw Moors slip to a third successive National League North defeat despite Telford playing more than 35 minutes with ten men.
Mark Anderson’s early strike was cancelled out by Marcus Dinanga’s goal before Giles struck the decisive blow for Rob Edwards’ side.
On a damp evening at the Brewery Field, Jason Ainsley’s men were given the perfect start in just the third minute of the match. After Rob Ramshaw crossed from the right, Glen Taylor’s shot ricocheted off Connor Johnson into the path of Anderson.
The midfielder swept the ball into the bottom right hand corner for his eleventh goal in all competitions this campaign.
The goal sparked a sense of deja vu from last Thursday’s game against Darlington when Jamie Chandler thrust Moors into a second minute lead at the same end.
However, the early momentum was halted when defender James Curtis was involved in a clash of heads with Telford’s top scorer Marcus Dinanga, eventually seeing him replaced by Joe Tait minutes later.
After a period of comfort following the nerve settling early goal, the visitors equalised midway through the half when Tait’s back pass ran past Jordan Porter, returning to the side in place of Dan Lowson, before Amari Morgan-Smith squared for Dinanga to roll into the net.
The goal ignited Telford’s confidence and they began to show why they are one of the league’s form side’s, with Jonathan Royle blazing over following a knockdown from a Giles corner.
Bradley Fewster, starting just his fourth game of the campaign, had the chance to put Spennymoor back in front before half time, but his long range effort sailed wide of the mark.
Following a scrappy opening to the second half, a surging run from Fewster down the left flank was halted after he was syched down by Dominic Smith.
After deliberating with his fellow officials, the referee produced the red card and reduced the visitors to 10 men.
But, instead of Moors making the most of their one man advantage, it was the ten men who looked a threat on the break, and twenty minutes from full time, 18-year-old Wolves loanee Giles produced a fine solo run and shot past Porter to give the Shropshire club the advantage.
Prior to the goal, Ramshaw, Fewster and Anderson all had presentable chances to give Moors the lead, but they were left to rue those missed opportunities.
The hosts pushed for an equaliser late on but never seriously threatened Ben Wilson in the Telford goal as the visitors held on to secure their third straight league victory and crank up the tension around The Brewery Field.
Jason Ainsley will be hoping for back to back wins against North Ferriby and Southport respectively to secure a well-deserved play off spot for Moors.
Spennymoor : Porter, Grifiths, Mason©, Chandler, Henry, Curtis (Tait), Hall (Johnson), Ramshaw, Taylor, Fewster, Anderson (Foley).
Telford: Wilson, Johnson, White, Smith, Sutton©, Deeney, Newby, Royle, Morgan-Smith, Dinanga, Giles
|24th April 2018||7:45 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|The Brewery Field|
|156 Wood Vue, Spennymoor DL16 6RH, UK|