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A first half goal from Joe Guest knocked Spennymoor out of the play-off places on a disappointing afternoon at the Tameside Stadium.
Moors were frustrated by a Curzon Ashton side who secured their National League North safety with the three points.
Glen Taylor and Ryan Hall had good chances to equalise early in the second half, but ultimately, in a game lacking in chances and quality, the hosts produced the only moment of note.
Jason Ainsley made five changes to the side who were beaten by Darlington at The Brewery Field on Thursday night.
In came Adam Curry, Chris Mason, Nathan Lowe, Hall and David Foley, with Joe Tait, Chris Chantler, Shane Henry, Andrew Johnson and Mark Anderson making way.
The early pattern of the match set the tone for the majority of the ninety minutes that were to proceed it, with misplaced passes and poor decision making littered throughout both teams.
Guest, who’s goal would eventually decide the destination of the points, had a tame effort which dribbled wide of the post, before captain Jonathan Hunt headed wide from a set-piece.
Taylor made some space on the edge of the area before shooting over, before Curry was forced to play the remainder of the game with a head bandage after a collision with Ben Wharton.
It was substitute Ben McKenna, who had replaced the bloody nosed Ryan Brooke early on, who set up the only goal of the game.
After charging to the byeline past Jamie Chandler, McKenna’s sweeping cross found the head of Guest who’s header flew past Dan Lowson.
Curzon then had a penalty appeal turned away after more good work from McKenna. The nippy forward crossed from the left, with Mason ushering Wharton away from the ball, but the referee felt the contact was legal.
Moors started the second half brightly and began to carve open a tight knit Curzon Ashton backline.
First, Hall played a ball to Rob Ramshaw across the penalty area, and when the midfielder teed up Taylor, his shot was well saved by Cameron Mason.
Former Curzon winger Hall almost came back to haunt his old side moments later when he raced onto Foley’s flick on, but Mason once again foiled Moors with a close range save.
After a lull in the game, it was Curzon who came close to doubling their advantage, but Lowson stuck out a vital foot as James Baillie went through one on one and attempted to take it round the Moors keeper.
Johnson, who had replaced midfielder Lowe midway through the second half, headed over the bar late on from Anderson’s cross, but on a day of frustration, that was the closest Moors came in the final twenty minutes.
The result leaves Moors outside the play-off places in 8th with three games to play. AFC Telford United visit The Brewery Field on Tuesday night having secured their survival against Gainsborough Trinity.
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