2 - 2Full Time
Second half equalisers from Mark Anderson and Andrew Johnson earned Spennymoor a share of the spoils in a scrappy and frantic encounter with the in-form Blyth Spartans.
The home side were the sharper in the opening exchanges, unsurprising given their seven match winning streak, and led when Dan Maguire rounded Matt Gould and Ryan Hall to tap in.
It took until ten minutes after the restart for Moors to find a leveller, and it was Anderson, who scored the equaliser in the corresponding fixture last season a year ago to the day, who smashed an effort past Pete Jameson.
But, a lively Spartans outfit fought their way back into the game and retook the lead when Sean Reid was left on his own to nod Jarrett Rivers’ corner into the bottom corner.
The final say went to Johnson, who, after replacing Hall, swept a trademark strike past Jameson to earn Moors a point.
Jason Ainsley named the same side who beat Barwell in the FA Trophy almost two weeks ago, opting to bring in Rob Atkinson on the bench at the expense of Callum Williams.
After a cagey opening spell it was the home side who forged the first opening of a hotly contested affair, and it was Maguire, who proved to be a constant threat in the first half, who was the architect.
He wriggled his way to the byeline before sending a low cross to the back post where Reid was well placed to tap into an empty net, but the striker wasn’t alert enough and the chance went begging.
That Spartans pressure was to prove vital as the home side took the lead just minutes later, but it came from a Moors corner. Anderson had two efforts blocked, before Jameson released Horner to start a Blyth attack.
The full back found Maguire who rounded the outrushing Gould before skipping past Hall and tapping into an empty net.
That opener did little to dishearten Moors who came close to equalising through the industrious Anderson, but his prod at goal was stopped by the sprawling Jameson.
Rob Ramshaw had a golden opportunity to bring Moors level shortly before the interval, but he couldn’t apply the finishing touch to a flowing team move involving Shane Henry and Glen Taylor.
With the words of Ainsley still ringing in their ears, Moors began the second half with a spring in their step, with Taylor testing Jameson twice, but the Blyth keeper was equal to both strikes from the league’s top scorer.
However, the first equaliser arrived soon after when Anderson sent an arrowing effort into the top corner after Hall’s cross was partially cleared.
Despite that bright opening spell to the second period, Blyth responded well and went close through the brilliant Maguire, and from the resulting corner, went ahead much to the delight of the home supporters.
Rivers’s in-swinging cross was met by the head of Reid, who found himself unmarked in the six yard area, and the rangy striker headed powerfully into the bottom corner.
But, a topsy turvy encounter had a fitting conclusion when Moors found a second equaliser, this time arriving from the right foot of Johnson, who replaced Hall just before the hour mark.
Henry slipped a ball through to the winger who had time and space to look up and slide an ice cool effort past the Blyth keeper.
Moors continued to knock on the door into the dying stages, but respective efforts from Ramshaw and Taylor both came up short.
Spennymoor continue their festive schedule with a trip to FC United of Manchester on Saturday.
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