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A polished performance saw Spennymoor return to winning ways as a Glen Taylor hat-trick brushed aside Alfreton Town.
A much changed Moors side went into half time with a healthy two goal advantage after a stunning strike from Nathan Lowe and a poachers effort from Taylor.
The home side came back into the contest early in the second half and pulled one back when substitute Nyal Bell fired in past Dan Lowson from distance.
Ryan Hall and David Foley both missed chances before Taylor slipped a confident strike past Thomas Johansson.
The Alfreton keeper spilled an Andrew Johnson shot with a minute of time remaining, allowing Taylor to slide in his third goal of the afternoon.
Jason Ainsley rang the changes from Thursday night’s defeat at AFC Telford on Thursday, making six alterations and handing a first start to loan signing Adam Curry.
There were also starts for David Foley, Matthew Dixon, Christopher Chantler, Shane Henry and Ryan Hall.
In a cagey opening period, Moors created the better chances, going close when Taylor span on Lowe’s driven ball before calling Johansson into a smart stop.
Taylor returned the favour minutes later when he teed the up the influential Lowe, but the midfielders fizzing drive was comfortably gathered by the home side’s shot stopper.
Alfreton struggled to carve out clear cut openings but kept Lowson alert after a long range effort from Chris Sharp, before Luke Shiels blazed over from six yards.
It was clear that a moment of magic was required to break open a tight first half, and that arrived shortly after the half hour mark when Lowe struck an unstoppable drive from 35 yards into the top corner.
It was the marksman’s second goal of the week following his superb free-kick at Telford on Thursday night.
Hall had the opportunity to double the lead but he couldn’t get a connection on Foley’s low cross, but it wasn’t long until Taylor increased the advantage.
Shane Henry’s fierce strike was parried by Johansson, and after the ball spun out to Taylor, he made no mistake and buried the ball in from six yards.
Both sides had chances to score early in the second half, with Lowson expertly denying Craig Westcarr, before Hall raced onto Rob Ramshaw’s inch perfect pass and fired straight at the keeper.
A goal out of nothing threatened to get the home side back into the contest, but Bell’s long range effort proved to be nothing but a consolation come full time.
Shiels looped a header against the bar and almost brought Alfreton level, but from that moment on it was a one way contest.
Only a last ditch block denied Foley a first goal since January after he clipped a ball over the outrushing Johansson, but Sam Topliss somehow managed to scramble the ball away with Foley ready to tap in.
Moors continued to press forward in search of a killer goal, and after Taylor was played through one on one, he swept a cool effort past the keeper to seal a much needed three points.
With the home side desperately attempting to search for an equaliser, they left themselves open at the back, allowing Mark Anderson and Taylor the chance to send effort’s wide.
With the game a minute away from injury time, Taylor was alert to grab his hat-trick, seizing upon a loose ball after Johnasson palmed away Andrew Johnson’s low shot.
The result means Moors rise to sixth in the table above York City. Boston United visit The Brewery Field on Tuesday night.
|7th April 2018||3:00 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|The Impact Arena|
|1 Victoria St, Alfreton DE55 7GS, UK|