Spennymoor Town FCBrackley Town
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FA Trophy finalists Brackley Town claimed all three points against a Moors side who ended their short spell playing at The CNG Stadium with a 0-3 defeat.
Jason Ainsley’s side had no answer to goals from Lee Ndluvu, James Armson and Shane Byrne.
The result leaves Spennymoor three points above Chorley having played the same number of games in the National League North.
Seven changes were made to the side who claimed a point in the goalless draw with Boston United on Tuesday night.
There was a rare rest for James Curtis in defence, with Joe Tait, Christopher Mason and Kallum Griffiths all coming back into a seasoned back four.
Adam Curry, who played alongside Curtis just 48 hours previously, shifted to left back, while futher forward, Jamie Chandler, Mark Anderson and Andrew Johnson came in.
Greg Rutherford, who started his first Moors game at The CNG Stadium against Harrogate Town at the end of March, replaced the unavailable Glen Taylor upfront.
In a lively opening, Moors began brightly, but having failed to muster a genuine goal scoring opportunity, were punished when an inch-perfect through ball from Armson was expertly flicked past the outrushing Dan Lowson by Ndluvu.
The goal settled the high-flying visitors, and when Shepard Murombedzi burst into the penalty area just shy of the half hour mark, Chandler was adjudged to have pushed the midfielder to the ground.
Armson stepped up to take the spot kick and hammered it low down to Lowson’s right hand side, leaving Spennymoor with a mountain to climb against a team with the meanest defence in the division.
Clearly revitalised after the interval, Moors approached the second half with a new attitude and came close when Griffiths played a one-two with Rob Ramshaw before drilling a fizzing effort wide of the post.
Ramshaw then decided to take matters into his own hands and was only foiled by a last-ditch challenge after a mazy run through a sea of yellow shirts.
On a frustrating night, this was as close as Moors came as Brackley restricted them to few clear-cut chances, and as the game approached its conclusion, it was the away side who began to apply pressure in search of a third goal.
That third goal, perhaps harsh on a brave Moors, did arrive a few minutes short of the full-time whistle when Byrne camly slotted past Lowson from the edge of the area following a succession of deflections in the penalty area.
Moors are at home to bottom side North Ferriby United on Saturday as they aim to reignite their play-off form back on home soil.
|12th April 2018||7:45 pm||National League North||2017/18|
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