Salford CitySpennymoor Town FC
3 - 2Full Time
KO KO 5 7 31 34 66 75 FT
A second half blizzard conspired against Spennymoor as they fell to a 3-2 defeat at second place Salford City.
Tom Walker scored twice during a snowstorm as Moors struggled to defend against high winds and arctic conditions.
Goals from Nathan Lowe, making his first start of the club, and Ryan Hall overturned an early header from Carl Piergianni in an entertaining first half.
Moors were unable to find an equaliser and succumbed to their second loss of the week following a FA Trophy exit to Bromley on Wednesday.
Jason Ainsley brought Lowe in to replace the injured Kallum Griffiths, meaning Matthew Dixon shifted to right back.
It was a nightmare start for Moors who fell behind after just five minutes after Piergianni lost his marker to head past Dan Lowson from close range.
But Moors came back with an instant response, drawing level two minutes later courtesy of Lowe’s first strike for the club. The midfielder swung a free-kick in from 35 yards which dropped over the head of a red faced Crocombe.
Salford then began to take control of the game and caused Moors problems down the left, with a vital intervention from Lowson preventing Jack Redshaw from tapping in Walker’s low cross.
Ibay Touray then broke in down the same flank, but his driven cross was sliced away from James Curtis under his own crossbar.
Moors more than held their own against the league favourites, and when Shane Henry did well to find Andrew Johnson, his cross was met by the head of Rob Ramshaw, but he could only send it marginally over the bar.
With renewed confidence, Moors broke forward and they took the lead when a long ball over the top found Hall who burst down on goal and cooly slotted beyond Crocombe.
A host of Lowson saves from Mark Shelton and Nick Haughton secured Moors’ lead during the interval.
Moors made a flying start to the second half and were unlucky not to increase their advantage, but Crocombe did well to stop Johnson’s left footed drive.
That was to be one of Spennymoor’s final chances of the game as the weather conditions dramatically took a turn for the worse.
Anthony Dudley and Piergianni came close to equalising for Salford, but Moors brave resistance was finally broken when Walker’s cross-shot took a hefty deflection off Johnson and wrong footed Lowson.
Walker grabbed his second and the eventual match winner when he was quickest to react to Piergianni’s saved effort.
Mark Anderson had a rare second half opportunity to level for Moors, but he could only direct his low free kick wide of the post.
Moors remain seventh and visit Chorley on Tuesday night.
Feature image courtesy of Salford City FC and CBT Photography.
|17th March 2018||3:00 pm||National League North||2017/18|
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