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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.

Telford

1Josef Birsik Goalkeeper
2Ross White Defender
3Ellis Deeney Midfielder
4James McQuilkin Midfielder
5Shane Sutton Defender
6Theo Streete Defender
7Henry Cowans Midfielder
8Brendon Daniels 12 Midfielder 27 (pen
9Marcus Dinanga 16
10Daniel Udoh Forward
11Darryl Knights 14 Forward 64'
12Stephan Morley 8 Defender
14Jonathan Royle 11 Midfielder
15Ryan Barnett Midfielder
16Amari Morgan-Smith 9 Forward
17Andre Brown Forward
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Spennymoor

1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Jake Hibbs 16 Midfielder
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Robert Atkinson Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Andrew Johnson 15 Midfielder
8Shane Henry Midfielder
9Glen Taylor Forward 55'
10Adam Boyes Forward
11Mark Anderson 17 Midfielder 55'
12Kris Thackray Defender
14Ryan Hall Midfielder
15Shaun Tuton 7 Forward
16Callum Williams 2 Defender
17Alex Kempster 11 Forward
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Clean Sheet
0
0
Goals
2
1
Assists
0
1
Yellow Cards
2
3
Red Cards
0
0

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Telford112Win
Spennymoor011Loss

Details

Date Time Competition Season Attendance
5th January 2019 3:00 pm National League North 2018/19 1205

Ground

New Bucks Head Stadium
16 Withering Cl, Wellington, Telford TF1 1NT, UK