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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.
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