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Mark Anderson’s late winner gave Spennymoor Town a much needed victory over a spirited Leamington side at the Brewery Field.
The win was the first in four games for Jason Ainsley’s side who had suffered three consecutive league defeats prior to the visit of the Midlands outfit.
The match kicked off 45 minutes late due to Leamington being stuck on the motorway in traffic, however, it didn’t seem to effect them as Danny Udoh and the lively Ahmed Obeng tested Dan Lowson within the first ten minutes.
Nathan Lowe responded for Moors with a swerving shot that went just wide of the post, but chances were few and far between for the home side.
The match was incredibly scrappy in the first half hour with the visitors playing the better football, with Spennymoor struggling to exert any pressure on the Leamington goal.
Goalkeeper Tony Breeden was a virtual spectator in the first half only being called upon to deal with a few simple crosses.
Obeng, a constant threat in the first period, showed off his quick feet and mazy dribbling ability when he skipped by a host of Moors defenders before lashing a shot just over the bar two minutes before the break.
The hosts started the second period with the stern words of manager Jason Ainsley still ringing in their ears and went close when centre back James Curtis headed a Rob Ramshaw corner over the bar.
Glen Taylor followed soon after with a shot that was comfortably dealt with by goalkeeper Breeden.
Ramshaw beat Breeden to the ball and shot just wide twenty minutes from time as Moors piled on the pressure in the search for a goal that would see them move back into the play-off places with multiple games in hand on their rivals.
That moment arrived on ten minutes from the final whistle when Anderson exchanged a neat one-two with substitute Ryan Hall before slotting the ball coolly into the net. There was anger on the Leamington bench as full back Connor Gudger went down injured earlier in the passage of play and had to be taken off on a stretcher.
Spennymoor played out the resulting six minutes of injury time to grind out a crucial three points. Moors next game is away at high flying Harrogate Town on Tuesday night.
Report by Ben Potts
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