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A second half fightback from AFC Telford condemned Moors to back to back defeats despite Nathan Lowe and Andrew Johnson’s brilliant goals.
Moors fell behind after nine minutes when an in swinging corner found the head of Marcus Dinanga who powered the ball past a helpless Dan Lowson.
Lowe’s sublime free-kick made it 1-1, before Johnson inexplicably beat a host of Telford defenders before bending a shot into the top corner.
However, the game changed when the impressive Ryan Giles slotted past Lowson, handing the initiative to the side who occupy the final relegation spot.
Substitute Elliot Newby was the eventual match winner, arrowing an effort into the top corner after Amari Morgan-Smith’s effort had been cleared off the line by Kallum Griffiths.
Glen Taylor returned to the side following two games out, replacing Greg Rutherford upfront, with Lowe slotting into the starting line-up at the expense of Ryan Hall.
The open nature of the contest was evident from the first minute, with Rob Ramshaw marginally denied by a last ditch challenge, before Kane Richards was close to getting on the end of Giles’ low cross.
Inevitably, there was a goal inside the first ten minutes, and to the delight of the majority of the 1212 fans inside the stadium, it was the home side who grabbed it.
Dinagne met a fizzing corner at the front post and gave Telford a dream start in their battle to stay in the division.
Despite a sluggish start, it wasn’t long before the scoreline was levelled up, and it was a moment of magic from the right boot of Lowe.
After netting his first goal against Salford last month from long range, he doubled his personal tally with a free kick which flew past Ben Wilson in the Telford net.
In a half which featured little in the way of clear cut chances, it was another slice of individual genius which saw Moors take the lead.
After bullish work from Taylor to win the ball, he released Johnson down the left, and the prolific winger showcased the talent that has seen him become a key playe for Moors this season.
His 19th strike in all competitions was one to savour, as he jinked past a host of defenders before cutting inside and bending an unstoppable shot past Wilson.
After leading at the interval, a key moment arrived shortly after the restart when Ramshaw saw his close range strike hit the post after he went through on goal.
The fine margins of football came into play as not long after striking the post and putting the game beyond Telford’s reach did the hosts find an equaliser.
Ellis Deeney’s diagonal cross field ball found the onrushing Giles who controlled the ball with his chest before firing past Lowson.
Moors struggled to bounce back from the setback and Giles began a personal mission to grab his second, but none of his following three strikes found the net.
The introduction of Newby from the bench added more pace to Telford’s attack, and following a loose ball, he pounced before starting a counter attack which would eventually lead to the winning goal.
The ball worked its way out too Giles who swept in a teasing cross, and after Griffiths denied Morgan-Smith on the line, Elliot was well placed to hammer a strike past a sea of bodies on the line.
Despite pinning Telford back for the remaining fifteen minutes, Moors were unable to break down a well drilled Bucks backline.
Morgan-Smith had a golden opportunity to add a layer of gloss to the scoreline in the final minutes but he blazed over from close range.
The games continue to come thick and fast for Moors as they travel to Alfreton Town on Saturday afternoon.
|5th April 2018||7:45 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|New Bucks Head Stadium|
|16 Withering Cl, Wellington, Telford TF1 1NT, UK|