A.F.C. Telford UnitedSpennymoor
2 - 1Full Time
Darryl Knights’ second half strike was the difference as Moors fell to a first away defeat since October against fellow play-off hopefuls AFC Telford United.
Glen Taylor equalised for Jason Ainsley’s side ten minutes after the interval, but Knights curled in a superb effort from the edge of the area shortly after the hour mark to restore The Bucks’ advantage.
Brendon Daniels had given Gavin Cowan’s side the lead at the interval from the penalty spot after he was brought in the area by Jake Hibbs.
Ainsley was forced into one change from the side who drew against Blyth Spartans on New Year’s Day. Rob Ramshaw travelled with the squad but was not fit enough to be involved, so he was replaced by Adam Boyes.
The first twenty minutes of a chilly afternoon in Wellington were highlighted by a flurry of corners for Moors, but apart from a header wide from Taylor, little came of the set-pieces.
Mark Anderson came close on two occasions, first with a lob which landed on the roof of the net, before he whipped an arrowing free-kick marginally wide of the far post.
Telford, despite advancing into some dangerous areas, struggled to create chance themselves, but Daniel Udoh almost changed that when he forced Matt Gould into a neat stop at his front post.
The decisive moment of the first period came when Moors squandered possession in their half, allowing Telford to spread play out wide to Daniels. The winger advanced into the area and was tripped by the outstretched leg of Hibbs, with referee David McNamara pointing to the spot.
Daniels confidently stepped up and fired the spot kick into the top corner past the despairing dive of Gould.
That goal gave Telford all the momentum and they almost made the most of their dominance, but Dinanga was flagged offside after Gould parried Daniels’ fierce free-kick.
Udoh had a chance to double their lead right on half time, but his shot on the angle hit the side netting, allowing Moors to recoup and recharge themselves at the break.
Ainsley’s side emerged from the interval a different side and forced an opening when Anderson dragged a shot wide of the post.
The early pressure in the second half paid off when the home side gave possession away on the halfway line, eventually allowing the ball to be worked out wide to Anderson.
He delayed his pass and was patient until picking out Taylor, who took a touch away from Theo Streete before lifting an effort over Josef Birsik and into the far corner.
Full of belief, Moors kept the pressure on and broke down the left with Andrew Johnson and Stephen Brogan, with the latter seeing his shot saved by Telford’s recent loan acquisition from Stoke City.
But, the tricky attacking threat of Telford came back, and The Bucks scored the game’s eventual winner through the left foot of Knights. Moment after Daniels missed a guilt-edge chance, the ball was worked to the attacking midfielder on the edge of the box, and he curled a swerving shot out of Gould’s reach and into the corner.
Moors huffed and puffed for the remaining twenty-five minutes, carving out one golden chance which was superbly kept out by Birsik.
Brogan broke down the left and delivered a low cross to Taylor who hit a sweet first-time strike which was destined for the bottom corner, but the young shot stopper reacted quickly to palm it away.
The results see’s Moors drop to 7thin the National League North. Kidderminster Harriers visit The Brewery Field on Tuesday evening.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|A.F.C. Telford United||1||1||2||Win|
|5th January 2019||3:00 pm||National League North||2018/19||1205|