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Glen Taylor rescued a point for Spennymoor for the second time in five days to conclude a remarkable game at The Brewery Field against Altrincham.
In a contest which, at times, defied belief, Moors fought back on three occasions to seal their third consecutive draw and remain unbeaten this season.
Mark Anderson, Adam Boyes, Shane Henry and Taylor grabbed the goals for Spennymoor, while Andrew White, James Jones and a second half double from James Hancock rounded off the scoring for an impressive Altrincham outfit.
Jason Ainsley made one change from the side who drew 2-2 with Darlington on Tuesday, opting to bring in Boyes for his first start alongside Taylor at the expense of David Foley.
Moors started the game in typical fashion, quickly cementing their place as the dominant side, and went close when Taylor headed straight at Tony Thompson.
After surviving a scare from a low Simon Richman effort, Anderson capped off a fine individual week when he put the icing on the cake following some tremendous build up play.
Rob Ramshaw cleverly flicked the ball around the corner of a defender to Taylor, who, despite pressure from Jones, caressed the ball into the path of Anderson.
The midfielder still had a lot to do, but after sidestepping his marker, buried a strike into the bottom corner to give Moors a deserved advantage.
But, the lead didn’t last long, as White, who had only previously scored once for Alty, burst forward from right back, before cutting in and sliding the ball past Matt Gould at his near post.
As Moors began to lose control of the contest following the equaliser, Altrincham smelt blood, and, when Stephen Brogan conceded a free kick on the right of the area, Johnston’s delivery was met by Jones as the game was flipped on its head.
The dynamic Sean Williams went close for the visitors soon after as they looked to put the game out of sight, but after riding a sustained spell of pressure, Spennymoor showed their class to equalise six minutes before the break.
Boyes, making his first start for Spennymoor, expertly lobbed the outrushing Thompson after an inch-perfect through ball from Ramshaw took out two Altrincham defenders.
After the players, managers and crowd drew breath following a relentless first half, the high-octane action continued straight from the restart as Phil Parkinson’s side retook the lead.
A short corner found Johnston, and after he drove to the bye-line, his low cross was bundled in by Hancock.
With the pace of the game showing no signs of slowing down, Jordan Hulme came close to extending the away side’s lead when he bundled through a host of challenges before arrowing a shot over the bar.
But, Ainsley’s side have shown that they have bags of character in abundance, and equalised yet again when substitute Henry swept in James Curtis’ downward header following a deep Brogan free-kick.
Henry’s goal sparked Spennymoor into life, and shortly after Taylor and Anderson both came close, the bullish midfielder headed wide despite being unmarked.
Moors were left to rue those missed chances when Altrincham showed their counter attacking ability to score a fourth. Johnston, who was the game’s standout player, threaded a ball to Hulme, and when Gould parried at the feet of the striker, Hancock bundled a shot in from six yards to regain the lead for the visitors.
However, the action was yet to cease, as Taylor once again had the final say, collecting a long free-kick before burying a low shot past Thompson.
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