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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.

Spennymoor

1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Callum Williams Defender 68'
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Robert Atkinson 12 Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Shaun Tuton 14 Forward 45+14'
8Liam Agnew Midfielder
9Glen Taylor Forward 54'
10Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
11Mark Anderson 15 Midfielder
12Kris Thackray 5 Defender
13Christopher Elliott Goalkeeper
15Andrew Johnson 11 Midfielder
14Ryan Hall 7 Midfielder
16Adam Boyes Forward
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Boston

1George Willis Goalkeeper
2Ben Davies Midfielder
3Ashley Jackson Defender
4Andi Thanoj Midfielder
5Lewis Gibbens 16 Defender
6Ryan Qualter Defender
7Max Wright Midfielder
8Brad Abbott 12 Midfielder
9Gavin Allott Forward
10Jay Rollins 14 Midfielder
11Jonathan Wafula Midfielder
12Nicky Wroe 8 Midfielder
14Nicky Walker 10 Midfielder
15Andre Johnson Forward
16Spencer Harris 5 Midfielder
18Callum Chettle Forward
 
Clean Sheet
0
0
Goals
1
0
Assists
0
0
Yellow Cards
2
0
Red Cards
0
0

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Spennymoor011Win
Boston000Loss

Details

Date Time Competition Season Attendance
29th January 2019 7:45 pm National League North 2018/19 544

Ground

The Brewery Field
156 Wood Vue, Spennymoor DL16 6RH, UK

Past Meetings

2018/19
Jakemans Stadium

2017/18
CNG Stadium

2017/18
Jakemans Stadium