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Spennymoor recorded a sixth successive victory courtesy of goals from Mark Anderson and Rob Ramshaw on a damp night at Altrincham.

The home side, who are in contention to seal a play-off place this campaign, tested Matt Gould’s concentration on several occasions in the first half, but it was Moors who led thanks to Anderson’s long-range drive.

Glen Taylor saw a goal controversially ruled out for offside moments before the break, but Ramshaw sealed the three points just after the hour mark with a calm finish past Steven Drench.

Jason Ainsley made one change to the side who beat Nuneaton Borough on Saturday, with Shane Henry replacing Liam Agnew.

Moors, dressed in all yellow, began the game on the back foot and had to withstand some early pressure from the tricky Yousifu Ceesay.

After Joe Piggot tested Gould from distance, Ceesay attempted a rabona on the bye-line, but the Moors keeper collected it comfortably.

Altrincham applied a high level of pressing in a fairly one sided first half without carving open a determined and dogged Moors backline on too many occasions.

The defining moment of the game which swung events in favour of Moors arrived with seven minutes of the half remaining, and it was the left foot of Anderson, who has chipped in with some vital goals this season, who was the finisher.

The midfielder picked up a loose ball in midfield before advancing towards the box unattended, before fizzing a glorious strike into the bottom corner beyond the helpless Drench.

That goal deflated a previously vocal home crowd, and Moors were unlucky not to have gone in with a two-goal advantage at the interval.

Anderson closed down James Jones’ clearance before lofting a ball to the onrushing Jamie Chandler. He opted to square the ball to Taylor instead of going for goal, but after the striker finished the move, Moors’ players were staggered when the linesman raised his flag.

The hectic nature of the first half was in sharp contrast to a subdued and flat second, but that suited a professional and polished Spennymoor side who added a second shortly after the hour mark.

The move started with a thunderous Scott Harrison challenge, and when the ball fell to Anderson in space, he threaded a pinpoint ball through to Rob Ramshaw who slid a low shot beneath Drench.

The home side rarely threatened as Moors stood firm in tricky conditions, clipping the top of the bar on two occasions.

The result keeps Moors in third place ahead of a home game against Leamington on Saturday afternoon.

Altrincham

1Steven Drench Goalkeeper
2Andrew White Defender
3Connor Hampson Defender
4James Jones Defender
5Tom Hannigan Defender
6Jake Moult Midfielder
7John Johnston Midfielder
8Sean Williams 12 Midfielder
9Joe Piggott Forward
10Josh Hancock 15 Midfielder
11Yousifa Caesay Forward
12Max Harrop 14 Midfielder
14Simon Richman 12 Midfielder
15Mason Fawes 10 Midfielder
16Shaun Densmore Defender
20Tony Thompson Goalkeeper
 

Spennymoor

1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Callum Williams Defender
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Scott Harrison Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Mark Anderson 14 Midfielder 38'
8Shane Henry Midfielder
9Glen Taylor 16 Forward 74'
10Robert Ramshaw Midfielder 63'
11Andrew Johnson 15 Midfielder
12Kris Thackray Defender
13Christopher Elliott Goalkeeper
14Ryan Hall 7 Midfielder
15Liam Agnew 11 Midfielder
16Adam Boyes 9 Forward
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Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Altrincham000Loss
Spennymoor112Win

Details

Date Time Competition Season Attendance
19th February 2019 7:45 pm National League North 2018/19 696

Ground

J.Davidson Stadium
199 Moss Ln, Hale, Altrincham WA15 8AG, UK

Past Meetings

2018/19
The Brewery Field

Attendance: 698