0 - 2Full Time
Bradford (Park Avenue) inflicted a damaging defeat on Moors on a night to forget for Jason Ainsley’s side.
The accomplished play-off contenders took the lead midway through the first half via a Connor Branson effort, before Jake Beesley capitalised on Callum Williams’ short header five minutes from time.
Scott Harrison was shown a straight red card for a tussle with Beesley fifteen minutes from full time.
Jason Ainsley made two changes to the side who were beaten at Kidderminster, bringing in former BPA striker Adam Boyes for Shaun Tuton, while Ryan Hall came in for Shane Henry.
After a tense and tight opening, it was Moors who carved out the first chance from a corner. Anderson’s driven delivery was met by the head of Harrison, but his goal bound connection was cleared off the line by Beesley.
Beesely was in the thick of the action and almost put his side ahead just moments later on the counter attack, seeing his shot from the angle saved by Gould following a thrilling and mazy run by the impressive Lewis Knight.
The rangy striker was causing havoc in the Moors defence yet again as the half went on, flicking the ball over the head of James Curtis before returning the favour to Knight, but his low daisy cutter was smothered by the alert Gould.
Eventually, the pressure told, and Moors found themselves behind from a set-piece. A whipped free kick was partially cleared by Gould, and there was Branson to sweep up the loose ball and power a strike in from a narrow angle.
The goal seemed to kickstart a previously lacklustre and groggy Moors outfit, and Glen Taylor suddenly came alive, firing an effort wide of the post following a neat pass from the returning Hall.
But, only the brilliance of Avenue goalkeeper Charlie Andrew was to deny Taylor soon after, tipping the striker’s fierce shot from the edge of the box onto the crossbar, before Anderson put the rebound wide with the goal gaping.
Anderson was involved in Moors’ next attacking phase of play, heading the ball over the top to Hall, but Andrew was equal to his hooked effort. Boyes was sniffing in the penalty area for the rebound, but the experiences Nicky Clee was there to clear.
That would prove to be the last bit of action for Anderson who limped off the pitch after pulling up with an injury, meaning Shaun Tuton was introduced in the second period.
After a high tempo and intense first half, in which Moors created several good openings, the second half proved to be a frustrating and flat affair in which Ainsley’s side struggled to create opportunities.
Hall had Moors’ finest chance, collecting a lofted Boyes pass with an exquisite touch, but he couldn’t beat the imperious Andrew.
Spennymoor’s task was made even harder fourteen minutes from time when Harrisson was shown a straight red card for a tussle with Beesley. The BPA striker managed to wriggle free of the defender who tussled the striker to the ground.
With the game petering out and Moors frantically searching for an equaliser, the visitors made sure of the points when Williams’ header back to Gould was intercepted by Beesley, who rounded the keeper and slotted into an empty net.
Moors are back in action on Saturday against Alfreton Town at The Brewery Field.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|19th March 2019||7:45 pm||National League North||2018/19||794|