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Spennymoor recorded their fourth consecutive win in all competitions professional victory over play-off rivals Chester FC.

The win sees Moors rise one place to third in National League North ahead of the visit of Boston United on Tuesday evening.

Ryan Hall leapt over the keeper before finishing to give Moors the lead during a flat first 45 minutes.

Matt Gould superbly kept out a Gary Roberts penalty shortly after the interval after George Waring had been brought down by Rob Atkinson.

The three points were sealed ten minutes from time when Glen Taylor, who signed a new deal with the club this week, saw a strike take a deflection and wrongfoot Grant Shenton.

The two sides headed into the game in contrasting form, with Moors winning their last three, while Chester had won just one of their previous five, netting just twice in their previous six fixtures.

Jason Ainsley made one change to the side who triumphed at Darlington a week previous, with the injured Shane Henry being replaced by Mark Anderson.

In a first half of few chances, Taylor sliced an effort wide before he was denied by the alertness of Shenton following a neat pass from Hall.

The breakthrough arrived through the first half’s best move as Hall drifted in from the right before swerving around Shenton and slotting into an empty net.

As the match neared half time, Simon Grand headed for what was Chester’s best chance of the game to that point.

The contest swung in the second half and the away side were awarded a spot kick when Atkinson manhandled Waring.

Roberts launched it into the bottom left corner but Gould sprung to his right to keep out the penalty, before the rebound was put over by substitute George Green.

Scott Burton almost made up for that penalty miss from Roberts moments later, but he couldn’t steer his header after a burst from midfield.

The game meandered back into a scrappy phase before a goal fitting of the contest sealed the win for Spennymoor.

Taylor weaved in and out on the edge of the box before hitting a shot which deflected in on its way past Shenton.

It was the strikers 22ndgoal in all competitions this season.

The result means Moors are now third in the league with two games in hand. They face Boston at home on Tuesday evening.

Spennymoor

1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Callum Williams Defender
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Robert Atkinson Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Ryan Hall 14 Midfielder 30'
8Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
9Glen Taylor 16 Forward 79'
10Mark Anderson Midfielder
11Andrew Johnson Midfielder
12Kris Thackray Defender
13Christopher Elliott Goalkeeper
14Shaun Tuton 7 Forward
16Adam Boyes 9 Forward
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Chester

1Grant Shenton Goalkeeper
2Matthew Thomson Goalkeeper
3Simon Grand Defender 74'
4Scott Burton Midfielder
5Danny Livesey Defender
6Steve Howson Defender
7Sean McCallister 15 Midfielder
8Gary Roberts Midfielder
9George Waring Forward
10Bradley Jackson 17 Defender
11Ben McKenna 12 Midfielder
12Dominic Smalley 11 Midfielder
14Matthew Waters Defender
15George Green 7 Forward
16Craig Mahon Midfielder
17Dan Mooney 10 Midfielder
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Clean Sheet
0
0
Goals
2
0
Assists
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
1
Red Cards
0
0

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Spennymoor112Win
Chester000Loss

Details

Date Time Competition Season Attendance
26th January 2019 3:00 pm National League North 2018/19 863

Ground

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