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Spennymoor took advantage of Brackley’s poor finishing to claim a precious three points in their bid to secure a play-off spot.
Glen Taylor drilled in his 23rdleague goal of the season with fifteen minutes remaining to move Moors level on points with The Saints.
Taylor teed up Ryan Hall for the game’s opening goal, sliding the ball across the area for the winger to sidefoot past Danny Lewis.
However, after looking assured of leading at the break, Matthew Gould brought down the excellent Lee Ndlovu just inside the area, allowing Shane Byrne to convert the resulting penalty.
On another day Brackley may have scored three or four, but they were left to rue a cluster of golden chances that weren’t converted.
Ndlovu was played in over the top by his goalkeeper Lewis, but after getting his feet in a tangle, Rob Atkinson was able to get back and clear.
Atkinson was then in the right place to clear a goal bound effort off the line as Brackley continued to dominate, but a ruthless Taylor secured the points for Moors.
Jason Ainsley made one change to the side who were beaten at Ashton United, with the suspended Jamie Chandler making way for the returning Stephen Brogan.
Shane Henry moved into midfielder alongside Lewis Hawkins, and both played a part in a scrappy opening boasting few chances.
Gould came to Spennymoor’s rescue after fifteen minutes, rushing out to block Ndlovu’s goal bound shot and denying a certain opener for The Saints.
Moors struggled to carve out clear cut openings, but after good play from Rob Ramshaw and Taylor, Hall was in the right place to steer in a crucial goal.
However, Moors were made to pay when Gould attempted to gather his original save, brining down Ndlovu who had beaten the keeper to the ball.
Byrne stepped up and placed the penalty down the centre, and it looked likely that Brackley would go on to win the game in the second half after causing a host of problems for Spennymoor.
But, a Moors side who needed the three points to tighten their grip on a play off spot showed fight and desire to find the winner. The impact of Mark Anderson, who has missed the last month due to injury, played a major part as Taylor found the bottom corner with 76 minutes gone.
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