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Spennymoor suffered a rare home defeat against lowly Nuneaton Town on an afternoon of frustration at The Brewery Field.
Ashley Chambers netted his 17th goal of the season midway through the first half, and despite spells of Moors pressure, Nuneaton held firm and claimed a valuable three points.
Jason Ainsley was forced to make one change to the side that beat East Thurrock 2-5, bringing in Mark Anderson for the suspended Jamie Chandler.
In an uneventful opening spell, Glen Taylor had the only chance of note, but his left-footed effort was easily collected by Nuneaton goalkeeper Dean Lyness.
The visitors began to grow into the game and took the lead via a goal which began with a Spennymoor corner.
After the initial corner was cleared, Rob Ramshaw saw his effort blocked by Tom Elliott, and when the ball ricocheted to George Green, he flicked over to the onrushing Daniel Nti.
Nti beat Jordan Porter to the ball, knocking it to his right to find Chambers who had the simple task of placing the ball into an empty net.
The goal failed to ignite the home side who lacked the creativity and fluidity so often associated with their play this season.
Shane Henry had Moors’ best chance of the half, but his rasping drive from the edge of the area span wide of the post.
Bradley Fewster was introduced at half time for Mark Anderson in an attempt to create more goalscoring opportunities, but the second period began in the same vein as the first.
It was a Nuneaton error which almost gifted Moors a way back into the game on the hour mark, but Henry couldn’t direct his shot towards an empty net when James Ferry inexplicably took the ball away from his own goalkeeper.
The introduction of Nathan Lowe, making his first team bow, threatened to change the course of events, and when his raking cross field pass found fellow substitute David Foley, the winger took a touch too many and the chance was eventually gone.
But, on a day when both sides had to contest matters on a heavy pitch, Nuneaton’s strong defensive backline held firm, inflicting a third home defeat of the campaign on Moors.
It’s a quick turnaround for the men in black and white as AFC Telford visit The Brewery Field on Tuesday night.
Match Referee: Mr R. Wootton
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|17th February 2018||3:00 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|The Brewery Field|
|156 Wood Vue, Spennymoor DL16 6RH, UK|