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Spennymoor Town missed a major chance to keep their play off destiny in their own hands after a Lewis Exall inspired North Ferriby claimed a point.
David Foley’s strike was cancelled out by an effort from Ferriby midfielder Jordan Harrison just past the hour mark at The Brewery Field.
Ferriby goalkeeper Exall made a string of superb saves, most notably from Mark Anderson, as Moors handed the initiative to Bradford Park Avenue and set up a tense final day of action.
Jason Ainsley’s Moors welcomed already relegated North Ferriby knowing that five points from their two remaining league games would guarantee them a play off spot.
The Yorkshire club acquitted themselves to their task well in the first half hour, forcing Dan Lowson into an alert save and largely frustrating the hosts who were guilty of trying to force an opening.
That all changed shortly before the half hour mark when Andrew Johnson, who was a constant menace throughout the first half, picked up the ball before beating his man and delivering a perfect cross for the returning Foley.
The winger stretched and turned the ball home to break the deadlock, much to the relief of the majority in the ground.
With the goal clearly injecting a bout of confidence into Foley, he fired a fierce drive past the right- hand post of Ferriby goal keeper Exall moments later as Moors cranked up the pressure.
With gaps starting to appear in a well drilled Ferriby defence, Rob Ramshaw did well before squaring to Johnson was the next to try his luck, but Exall was equal to his effort.
The second choice visiting goalkeeper showed brilliant reflexes a minute before the interval to deny Moors a vital second goal which may have potentially opened the floodgates.
Ramshaw’s pinpoint corner was met by the leaping Glen Taylor whose powerful header was tipped on to the bar and over by Exall.
With the tension around The Brewery Field growing by the minute, Moors struggled to carve open the Ferriby backline in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half, but when Johnson played Taylor though on goal, only a smart stop from Exall prevented a second goal.
Those first half saves and missed opportunities which passed Moors by came back to haunt them three minutes after the hour mark.
A lofted ball to the edge of the box was won by Harrison, and when he beat Chris Mason and found himself one-on-one with Lowson, he prodded beyond the outrushing keeper to silence the 629 supporters inside the ground.
Ryan Hall, Nathan Lowe and Anderson were all introduced in a bid to salvage a win which would keep Moors in pole position for seventh spot going into the final day, but Exall continued to deny a frustrated Taylor.
Goal scorer Harrison launched a freakish pass back towards his own goal, allowing Taylor to collect and square up to Exall, but after the keeper pushed him back, he got his body in the way of his goal bound shot.
As Ferriby began to visibly tire, the chances came at a relentless pace, with Shane Henry firing in a shot to the near post that Exall pushed away, before the best chance of the second half fell to Anderson.
Intricate play down the right saw the ball fall to the substitute inside the area with just the keeper to beat, but on a night when a winner would have transformed the play-off picture, Exall produced another save to deny Moors.
With time ticking away the visitors had a golden chance to sneak an unlikely victory, but Lowson matched his counterparts efforts with a brilliant save from close range.
Moors will now be looking to beat Southport at home on Saturday and hope results go their way to seal a play-off Quarter-Final at Kidderminster Harriers next week.
|26th April 2018||7:45 pm||National League North||2017/18|
|The Brewery Field|
|156 Wood Vue, Spennymoor DL16 6RH, UK|