Spennymoor Town FCKidderminster Harriers
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KO KO 23 57 73 (p) FT
Glen Taylor’s 23rd goal of the season earned Spennymoor a deserved point against fourth place Kidderminster after they had fallen behind to a brilliant long range effort from Elton Ngwatala.
The Moors striker scored from the penalty spot with just under fifteen minutes remaining to edge his side closer to a play-off spot on a night when results went in favour of Jason Ainsley’s side.
Ngwatala’s tremendous individual strike from distance had put Moors on course for their second consecutive defeat at The CNG Stadium, only for Ryan Croasdale to bring down Mark Anderson in the area allowing Taylor to convert.
Three changes were made to the side who were comfortably beaten by Brackley Town five days previously, with Taylor replacing Greg Rutherford and James Curtis slotting back in alongside Joe Tait at the expense of Adam Curry.
Nathan Lowe’s run in the starting eleven came to an end as he was replaced by Shane Henry.
In a bright opening spell it was Harriers who forged the first opportunity of note when experienced full back Lee Vaughan crossed for Ngwatala, and after his header deflected to Joe Ironside, the forward could only direct a tame effort straight at Dan Lowson.
Ngwatala, a constant threat throughout, then gave the travelling Kidderminster a sample of what was to come when he fired a dipping effort wide of the post from 25 yards.
Slowly but surely, Moors crept back into the contest, going close through the head of Andrew Johnson after progressive work down the right from Kallum Griffiths.
A long ball over the top then found Anderson in space, but despite sweetly striking a shot on target, Brandon Hall was able to direct it behind for a corner.
Lowson was called into action at the other end minutes later when Sam Austin’s marauding run ended with a low shot which was too close to the Moors shot stopper.
The momentum that Moors had started to gain threatened to be derailed as half time drew close as captain Christopher Mason was taken off with an injury, with a formation change required following the arrival of Ryan Hall.
However, it was substitute Hall who created the best opening of the half moments before the interval. The winger delivered an excellent cross which was volleyed goal wards by Anderson, but a reflex save from Hall somehow confirmed a goalless scoreline at half time.
With Jason Ainsley’s words evidently ringing in their ears, Spennymoor began the second half on top, but were lucky to see Ironside’s effort deflect wide after a neat Harriers corner routine.
In a relentless second half, Johnson’s wicked cross from the left then tickled the post, almost catching Hall out.
A moment of magic saw the deadlock broken twelve minutes after the restart, and one which was harsh on a Moors side who were starting to stomp their authority on the contest.
Ngwatala collected the ball in space 30 yards out and unleashed a rasping strike which clipped the underside of the bar before hitting the back of the net, leaving Lowson with no chance.
Moors were forced to ride a wave of Kidderminster pressure following the goal, but after surviving a host of nervy moments, Croasdale pulled back Anderson after he was found by the hard work of Taylor in the area.
The pressure was on Moors’ number nine, but he drilled the penalty low and hard to Hall’s right which went in via a flick of the post.
Both sides were seemingly happy with the point as the game meandered to it’s conclusion.
Moors face local rivals Darlington on Thursday evening.
|17th April 2018||7:45 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|35-49 Wetherby Rd, Harrogate HG2 7SZ, UK|