Blyth Spartans AFCSpennymoor Town FC
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Christopher Mason scored an injury time winner in a dramatic encounter with Blyth Spartans to give Spennymoor their first league win since November 11th.
In an entertaining and fiery encounter, Moors found themselves behind twice after goals from Nathan Buddle and Kieran Green either side of a Glen Taylor effort.
Mark Anderson equalised for Moors shortly after being introduced as a second half substitute, before captain Mason headed in from a Matthew Dixon corner in injury time.
Jason Ainsley made three changes from the side who drew 4-4 against FC United of Manchester at the weekend, brining in David Foley, Jamie Chandler and Shane Henry, and it was his side who made the brighter start.
The first chance of the game fell to Taylor, now comfortably in the top bracket of league scorers, but his sweet volley hit the post after an inviting Ryan Hall delivery.
Hall, a constant threat throughout the first half, tormented Spartans full-back Ian Watson on several occasions, but he could not find the desired delivery as Moors continued to dominate.
However, it was Blyth who took the lead with twenty minutes gone. Defender Nathan Buddle rose the highest in the box from a Jarrett Rivers corner and powered a header past Shane Bland.
The goal did little to change the pattern of the contest, with Taylor going close when his goal bound strike was blocked, but he didn’t have long to wait for his latest goal of a prolific season.
The ball found Foley on the left hand side of the box, and when the winger dragged an effort across the six yard box, Taylor was there to steer the ball past Peter Jameson with his left foot.
With half-time looming, Blyth scored an unexpected second when Kieran Green slammed home from a few yards out following confusion in the Moors penalty area.
Despite trailing for the majority of the second half, Spennymoor continued to carve out opportunities and had Spartans pinned back in their penalty area.
Taylor almost levelled proceedings, but when Foley found him in the area, the Blyth defence crowded him out and eventually cleared their lines.
Rob Ramshaw almost saw his ambitious long range strike almost loop in via a deflection moments later, but Jameson showed great athleticism to claw the ball over the bar.
Blyth created little in the second half but came close to a third when Sean Reid was left unmarked in the box from a corner, but the defender’s header darted wide of Bland’s left post.
The introduction of Anderson twenty minutes from time proved crucial when the midfielder found an equaliser four minutes after his arrival. Chris Chantler showed great feet to jink past a number of Blyth defenders, before he slipped in Anderson who calmly slotted last Jameson.
Moors could sense a victory as they continued to pile forward in numbers, and when Taylor broke the offside trap down the right, he opted to cut in on his left, eventually being challenged.
Despite their dominance, Moors almost conceded for a third time, but a brilliant save from Bland and a last-ditch challenge from Kallum Griffiths proved vital.
As the game entered its final exchanges, another substitute, Dixon, had a big part to play in the game. First, the midfielder forced a brilliant reflex save from Jameson which earned Moors a corner.
Dixon himself took the following set-piece which found the head of Mason. He arrowed a header past Jameson to send the Moors fans behind the goal into raptures and spark wild celebrations on the bench.
Moors are in FA Trophy action on Saturday in their rearranged clash with Gainsborough Trinity.
|26th December 2017||3:00 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|44 Broadway, Blyth NE24 2PR, UK|