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Moors suffered a setback in their play-off push as they suffered a heavy defeat at Gainsborough Trinity.

Goals from Shane Clarke, Ashely Worsfold, Alex Simmons and Nathan Jarman cancelled out Andrew Johnson’s expertly taken volley.

There were no changes from the side that won at Harrogate Town on Tuesday, with Glen Taylor’s absence meaning Greg Rutherford once again led the line.

Trinity started the brighter and almost went ahead when Worsfold turned smartly in the area before smashing a shot into the side netting.

Home fans in the Ping Stand, who were unaware that the ball had gone off target, began to celebrate before realising the score remained goalless.

Simmons was then denied by the head of Joe Tait after he cut in from the right and struck a goal bound effort which the defender flicked over the bar.

From the resulting corner Michael Jacklin looped a header onto the top of the crossbar, before Moors began to find their feet in an open contest.

Against the run of play they took the lead when Johnson met Mark Anderson’s right wing cross and steered a shot beyond Henrich Ravas.

Despite the goal, the home side, who were second bottom at the start of the day, hit back through Shane Clarke six minutes later following a mazy run and cross from Nicky Walker.

Clarke almost went from hero to zero moments later when the ball ricocheted onto the bar from a flick towards his own goal, and when the rebound fell to James Curtis, he saw his effort well blocked by Nathan Stainfield.

In a frantic opening half it was Trinity who dealt the next blow when Worsfold netted his fourth goal against Moors this season.

Jarman flicked on a corner which his fellow striker hooked into the bottom corner.

Jason Ainsley opted to bring on Shane Henry for Ryan Hall at half time, in an attempt to get back into the game, but just five minutes after the interval it was Gainsborough who cemented their lead.

A long ball upfield was flicked on, and when Simmons found himself through on goal he found the top corner past a helpless Dan Lowson.

Substitute Henry had a golden opportunity to immediately pull one back for Moors but he couldn’t direct a free header on target from Mark Anderson’s corner.

Ramshaw and Anderson had further efforts as a frustrated Spennymoor side attempted to claw their way back into the game, but Trinity stood firm and increased their advantage seven minutes from time.

Craig King disposed Kallum Griffiths and slipped a neat ball through to Jarman who slotted in to put the game beyond doubt.

The result leaves Moors seventh in the league. They face local rivals Darlington at The Brewery Field on Easter Monday.

 

 

Gainsborough Trinity

Spennymoor

Andrew Johnson Midfielder 15'
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Gainsborough Trinity

Spennymoor

Andrew Johnson Midfielder 15'
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Goals
4
1
Yellow Cards
1
0
Red Cards
0
0

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Gainsborough Trinity224Win
Spennymoor101Loss

Details

Date Time Competition Season
30th March 2018 3:00 pm National League North 2017/18

Ground

The Northolme
15 Northolme, Gainsborough DN21 2QN, UK