York CitySpennymoor Town FC
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Spennymoor showed brilliant character as they twice battled back to earn a valuable point at fellow play-off hopefuls York City.
Moors were second best in the first half and fell behind to Jonny Burn’s close range effort, but after the interval, Ryan Hall’s deflected strike levelled proceedings.
Aidan Connolly converted Adriano Moke’s back post cross to give Martin Gray’s side the advantage twenty minutes from time, only for Andrew Johnson to earn Moors a point.
Jason Ainsley named the same team that defeated Solihull Moors in the FA Trophy last Saturday, meaning Jordan Porter kept his place in goal ahead of Shane Bland.
The home side settled the quickest and it was clear they posed an aerial threat from corners, and that was to be Spennymoor’s downfall on eleven minutes when defender Burn stabbed home from three yards after a scramble in the penalty area.
Despite growing into the contest, Moors almost conceded again when Adriano Moke robbed Mark Anderson in midfield before firing a shot narrowly wide via a deflection from Joe Tait.
Raul Correira then had a golden chance to double York’s lead when he broke the offside trap and rounded Porter, but his goal bound effort was brilliantly blocked by the sliding Chris Mason.
The half ended on a feisty note following a flurry of yellow cards, before David Foley was forced to make way for Johnson.
Spennymoor re-emerged from the changing room a reinvigorated side and immediately got on the front-foot, going close through Rob Ramshaw, Taylor and Hall after a cross from Kallum Griffiths.
That positive start was rewarded minutes later when Hall was played in by Ramshaw, before the winger fired a shot which took a hefty deflection and wrong footed Adam Bartlett.
Griffiths almost saw his cross loop in at the back post moments later, but a York side who desperately lacked the quality of their first half showing almost went ahead when James Curtis swiped a clearance just past Porter’s post.
After surviving sustained pressure, York found their feet and retook the lead when Aidan Connelly met Moke’s cross from the right.
But Moors, who have showcased their heart and determination on countless occasions this season, hit back four minutes later.
Taylor’s header was saved by Bartlett from an Anderson corner, but when he parried the ball out, Johnson was there to pounce and convert his 13th goal of the season.
Anderson almost won it as the game drew to a conclusion, but his free-kick from the edge of the area was tipped behind by Bartlett.
Moors are at home to Tamworth next Saturday.
|20th January 2018||3:00 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|1b Grosvenor Rd, York YO30 7AQ, UK|