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Glen Taylor’s second half goal was enough to edge past Boston United on a disruptive and, at times, bizarre evening at The Brewery Field.
The Moors striker slipped a cool shot below the body of the outrushing George Willis after Lewis Gibbens had slipped in the build-up.
The Boston defender was forced off with a suspected dislocated shoulder in a game which saw combined delays of around 20 minutes.
After the match referee, Mr J. Matthews, was unable to continue due to a back injury, a replacement linesman was drafted in, causing a 15-minute stoppage in an already scrappy contest.
Jason Ainsley made two changes to the side who beat Chester on Saturday, opting to hand Liam Agnew a first start for the club in midfield, while Shaun Tuton came in on the right wing.
Ryan Hall and Andrew Johnson were the men to drop out of the starting line-up.
Agnew, on loan from National League side Harrogate Town, came close early on when he blasted a shot just wide from outside the area.
It was evident from the early stages that The Pilgrims had a game plan to slow the play down, with goalkeeper and captain Willis persistently taking his time with set-pieces, and the tactic worked as Moors’ early fluidity was hampered.
The away side created a cluster of half chances, going closest when a long punt upfield from Willis was headed on by Brad Abbott, but Matt Gould held on comfortably.
The main talking point of the first half arrived shortly after the hour when the referee approached the dugout to explain he was unable to continue due to injury.
After a delay of over ten minutes, the game got underway with a substitute linesman in place, but the pattern of the game remained the same.
Max Wright tested Gould late on in the half with a low drive from range, but the Moors keeper got a strong hand to the ball to keep it out.
It was Spennymoor who looked the more refreshed and positive side after the break, and only a good stop from Willis denied Tuton with a header at the back post.
Willis’ goalkeeping counterpart Gould was called into action minutes later when Abbott found space on the right of the area, but he was denied by the sharpness of the Spennymoor goalkeeper.
The defining moment of the night arrived with nine minutes of the second half gone, and it was predictable that a mistake would provide the golden chance, which the red-hot Taylor took with ease.
Gibbens slipped trying to prevent a long ball upfield and Taylor suddenly found himself bearing down on goal, and with Willis rushing out of his net, the division’s top scorer slipped the ball underneath the keeper to give Moors the lead.
Spennymoor looked fairly composed for the rest of the evening but required a host of smart stops from Gould to maintain their advantage.
Moors are now third in the National League North and three points behind Stockport County. AFC Telford travel to The Brewery Field on Saturday in the Third Round of the FA Trophy.
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|29th January 2019||7:45 pm||National League North||2018/19||544|