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Lewis Hawkins’ finessed goal sealed a hard-fought victory for the Moors to send them into a National League North play-off semi-final away at Brackley Town on Sunday.
Bradford (Park Avenue) started the game stronger with chances presenting themselves to Lewis Knight and Jake Beesley, with Matthew Gould being on his usual top shot stopping form to keep it 0-0 at half time.
Moors came out revived in the second half with subs Adam Boyes and Jake Hibbs helping to change the game in Spennymoor’s favour.
Hawkins won the knockout game for the Moors inside the final fifteen minutes, curling an exquisite effort into top right corner past Charlie Andrew.
Spennymoor and Bradford knew a win could take them one step closer to the dream of the National League.
Inside the first ten minutes, Avenue counter attacked after Kris Thackray gave it away just outside the Moors box. Lewis Knight intercepted and went the length of the pitch before Scott Harrison’s covering tackle was enough to see it out of danger.
Moments later Bradford carried on their attack with a corner which found its way to Avenue captain Gianluca Havern, but the defenders half volley was deflected out for another corner which Moors managed to keep at bay.
Beesley had another chance after a ball over the top from Jamie Spencer but Gould pulled off another solid save towards the break.
Moors, who were restricted to few chances in a tense first half, won a free kick 30 yards out. National league North player of the year Glen Taylor took it, with his shot going a matter of metres wide of the post.
Bradford continued their waves of attack inside the last half an hour of the second half, with a ball being played by Danny Lowe into the box which Nicky Clee played back inside to Havern who scuffed his shot wide.
As the match entered the last fifteen minutes, Harrison played it forward to Hawkins who looked up and bent an inch perfect shot into the top right corner, sending the majority of the 1,509 fans inside the ground into bedlam.
Moors continued on the momentum from their goal and won a free-kick on the edge of penalty area on the verge of 90 minutes.
Stephen Brogan stepped and curled it brilliantly into the bottom corner, only for Andrew to palm it away for a corner.
Moors face Brackley Town at St James Park on Sunday.
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