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A stunning second half performance from Spennymoor blew away fellow play-off hopefuls Blyth and moved them up to fourth in the league.
A trio of goals from Kallum Griffiths, Rob Ramshaw and Glen Taylor cancelled out an early goal from Dale Hopson.
Jason Ainsley was forced into one change, with the ill Ryan Hall making way for Mark Anderson.
Hopson, who returned after missing the reverse fixture last week, gave the visitors the lead when he curled home from the edge of the box, with his shot deflecting in via the post.
In a balanced first period, Spennymoor were a constant threat down the right-hand side through Griffiths and Ramshaw, and the pair combined ten minutes before the break to level the score line.
Ramshaw fought of the attention of Michael Liddle before cutting the ball across the area, and when a clearance fell to Griffiths, he drilled a shot beyond Peter Jameson via a deflection.
Moors, evidently inspired by the words of their manager Ainsley during the interval, raced out of blocks in the second half, quickly finding a second to take control of the game.
After Nathan Buddle’s attempted clearance was charged down, Anderson slipped a ball through to Ramshaw who calmly slotted a shot beyond the outstretched leg of Jameson.
Goalscorer Griffiths was forced to make way moments later after picking up a knock in the first half, but it did little to dampen Moors’ momentum.
Blyth had Liddle to thank soon after when he heroically diverted Ramshaw’s goal bound effort wide after the rampant Shane Henry crossed from the left, before David Foley almost finished of a fine flowing team move just before the hour.
The winger couldn’t stretch to reach Glen Taylor’s cushioned header after a wicked cross from the impressive Anderson.
Taylor, who has showcased his tremendous ability throughout the campaign, sealed the three points with one of the strikes of the season, collecting a majestic pass from Anderson before taking a touch and rifling a sweet strike into the top corner.
The goal put the game beyond doubt as Moors banished memories of their collapse against FC United of Manchester before Christmas.
Moors face Gainsborough in the FA Trophy on Thursday night at The Brewery Field.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|1st January 2018||3:00 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|The Brewery Field|
|156 Wood Vue, Spennymoor DL16 6RH, UK|