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Spennymoor Town moved up to fourth position in the National League North with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Tamworth at The Brewery Field.
The Moors overcame difficult conditions at a blustery Brewery Field to take all three points thanks to Glen Taylor’s first half goal.
Spennymoor started full of confidence following their handy away point at York City last week and put Tamworth to the sword with a series of dangerous attacks.
Ryan Hall found himself in space on the right of the box several times inside the first 10 minutes and delivered a number of dangerous balls into the area, the best of which saw Anderson prod goalward straight at Stevens.
Hall threatened throughout the match and created a great opening for Rob Ramshaw on 17 minutes with a pullback from the byline, but Ramshaw’s effort ended up over the crossbar.
There was little goalmouth action to speak of until the deadlock was broken in 27 minutes. The busy Mark Anderson’s threaded pass into the box was picked up and neatly tucked away by top-scorer Taylor with his unfavoured left foot.
The Moors almost doubled their lead just a minute later when Anderson again found space between the lines, but his thumped 20-yard strike came back off the upright.
Tamworth made a double substitution at half time and it resulted in their best spell of the game in the opening 10 minutes of the second half. Darryl Knights and Bradley Reid provided a more direct and physical presence than the tricky Callum Powell and Dan Turner, who they replaced.
Moors broke out from a Tamworth attack on 52 minutes which saw Hall again deliver dangerously into the area. Centre-back Luke Jones saved the Lambs as Taylor lurked for a tap-in.
Tamworth’s best moment arrived in the 72nd minute when Zack Kotwica fired a downward Joe Tait clearance into the back of the net, but Darryl Knights was standing in an offiside position obstructing goalkeeper Jordan Porter’s view. A reminder of the slender lead Moors held.
Spennymoor could have wrapped it up in the 80th minute when Hall and Robert Ramshaw worked a two-on-one situation in the Tamworth half and cut the defender out to create a shooting opportunity. Once again, Moors were denied by the woodwork as Ramshaw’s shot crashed back off the foot of the post.
Tamworth showed plenty of endeavour, but ultimately failed to test Porter and Moors overcame both the Lambs and the conditions to leapfrog York City in the National League North.
Spennymoor Town (4-2-3-1_
1 Jordan Porter, 2 Matthew Dixon, 3 Christopher Mason, 4 Robert Ramshaw, 5 Joseph Tait, 6 James Curtis, 7 Ryan Hall, 8 Shane Henry, 9 Glen Taylor, 10 Mark Anderson, 11 Andrew Johnson
Griffiths, Bland, Chantler, Chandler (For Anderson 72 mins), Fewster (For Johnson 90 mins)
1 Jack Stevens, 2 Andy Burns, 3 Jack lane, 4 Tom Shaw, 5 Luke Jones, 6 Joel Kettle, 7 Callum Powell, 8 Aman Verma, 9 Connor Taylor, 10 Dan Turner, 11 Zack Kotwica
12 Sam Coulson (For Kotwica 72), 13 Kyle Hayden, 14 Darryl Knights (For Powell 45), 15 Charlie Shaw, 16 Bradley Reid (For Turner 45)
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