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Three goals in five first-half minutes saw relegation threatened Ashton United inflict a surprise defeat on a below-par Spennymoor.
After a fast start from Moors, the hosts went ahead through a precise free-kick from Sam Sheridan, before Kallum Mantack swept in from close range three minutes later.
Craig Hobson found room on the edge of the area to slide a low effort past the outstretched Matt Gould before the dust had settled, putting the game out of reach for a shellshocked Spennymoor side.
It went from bad to worse in the second half when Jamie Chandler was shown two yellow cards in the space of ten seconds, leaving the ten men of Moors with an even bigger mountain to climb.
Jason Ainsley named the same side that beat Guiseley 3-2 on Tuesday evening, unsurprising given it was the first victory in seven matches, but was able to include Andrew Johnson in a match day squad for the first time since February.
Moors made a bright start on a pleasant Spring day at Hurst Park, with the impressive George McMahon tipping Glen Taylor’s header wide of the post from a long Callum Williams throw-in.
However, any early optimism as wiped away when the referee awarded a free-kick to Ashton for an extremely dubious handball against Lewis Hawkins.
Almost predictably, The Robins took the lead from the resulting free-kick, with Sheridan whipping it over the wall and past the dive of Gould, who had defender Aaron Chalmers in his face moments earlier in an attempt to distract the keeper.
With the momentum behind them, the home side doubled their lead from another set-piece. This time, a deep corner to the back post was helped back into the area and Mantack was first to react, slamming the ball home from close range.
Evidently stunned from conceding twice in quick succession, Moors failed to steady the ship and conceded a third goal in the space of five minutes when Hobson curled in a low shot.
The response from Moors was tame, with only a Ryan Hall header and a Jack Diamond shot from the edge of the box troubling a resolute Robins side.
Moors emerged from the dressing room in the second half minutes after a buoyed Ashton outfit, but a quick response from Moors was not to come as the home side created the best chances after the break.
Connor Dimaio struck a low effort which Gould saved through a sea of bodies after a long throw in caused chaos in the Moors penalty area.
An already frustrating and fruitless afternoon got worse with twenty minutes to go when Chandler received two quick yellow cards for dissent towards the referee.
James Curtis cleared off the line late on to keep the score at three from a header after a whipped corner, but the damage had already been done on a afternoon of disappointment.
Moors host Brackley Town next Saturday at The Brewery Field.
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