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Spennymoor inflicted Alfreton’s heaviest home defeat in their history with a commanding and ruthless display at The Impact Arena.
Glen Taylor replicated his hat-trick at Alfreton in April with another treble to take his tally to 14 league goals for the season, and there were also goals for Stephen Brogan, Jamie Chandler, Shaun Tuton and Andrew Johnson.
Rob Ramshaw received his fifth yellow card of the season against Guiseley just under a month ago, so he was suspended for the clash at The Impact Arena, meaning Brogan returned after he sat out the 8-2 Trophy win over Halesowen a fortnight ago.
Kris Thackray came in for the injured Rob Atkinson, with Adam Boyes continuing in the starting line-up after his hat-trick in the FA Trophy.
Moors began on the front foot and were ahead after just six minutes via a third penalty in consecutive league games by Taylor. After Andrew Johnson’s cross was handled by Alfreton captain Martin Riley, the Moors striker arrowed his spot kick into his favourite bottom right hand corner.
A dominant early performance saw Moors almost add to their blistering start, but Boyes and Tuton saw respective efforts go off target.
The heavens opened as torrential rain began to hammer down on the pitch, but Moors relished the monsoon-like conditions and scored twice in three minutes to take the game away from the hosts.
First, Brogan netted his second goal of the season with a bending free-kick which found the top corner courtesy of a slight deflection of the head of an Alfreton defender.
Two became three moments later, and it was the bravery of Chandler which saw Moors take a three-goal lead. The midfielder slid in at the back post and diverted Taylor’s deflected shot, taking a knock against the post in the process, an incident which forced him off.
As the rain continued to belt down, Alfreton forced their first corner of the game, and Moors’ old foe Reece Styche headed in at the back post to reduce the deficit to two goals.
But, the last word of a frantic first half went to Taylor. After Boyes saw his header strike the post, the rebound fell to Johnson who swivelled and expertly found the head of the number nine.
The second half continued in the same pattern as it predecessor as Moors dominated the ball, and they were rewarded ten minutes after the restart when Taylor headed in from a Brogan corner to complete his second hat-trick at Alfreton this calendar year.
It was the forward’s 14thleague strike of the campaign and cemented his place as the league’s top scorer.
The persistence of Tuton saw Moors extend even further past the hour mark, although he was helped out by the water-sodden pitch.
Riley’s pass back held up, and Tuton ran on to the loose ball and rounded Ramsbottom before sliding into an empty net for his first league goal for the club and his second in consecutive matches.
A clinical Spennymoor outfit were not done there as Johnson tapped in from close range after Thackray saw his header strike the post.
The result leaves Moors in fifth place in the National League North, five points off leaders Bradford Park Avenue.
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