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Glen Taylor’s last gasp header sealed a deserved victory for Moors to keep hopes of a third-place play-off finish alive, and in the process, heavily dented Chorley’s bid to win the league title.
Spennymoor created the stronger openings and chances throughout a dramatic contest, with Stephen Brogan and Taylor striking the post, while Ryan Hall had a close-range effort charged down by Matt Urwin.
However, Chorley could have claimed a much-needed win when Kris Thackray fouled Marcus Carver in the penalty area, but Matt Gould made a crucial save from Adam Blakeman’s resulting spot kick.
Moors went into the game looking to apply pressure onto Brackley for third place, while Chorley knew a win, combined with Stockport dropping points at home to Curzon Ashton, could land them the league title.
Rob Ramshaw opened the chance tally early on, taking a shot from 25 yards out with Chorley keeper Urwin diving to the ground and pushing the ball out for a corner.
Alex Newby then received a header down from Carver and struck a sweet volley, but Gould was equal to it.
Chorley were guilty of being clumsy at the back on several occasions, with Magpies defender Courtney Meppen-Walters giving it away to Ryan Hall who had faced a one and one with keeper Urwin, who saved his attempt.
A ball into the box from Robert Ramshaw was then headed back across goal by Taylor, but good defending from Scott Leather stopped a certain goal.
As the half hour mark approached, Urwin made a great save from Taylor’s shot, and when the re-bound fell to Brogan, his follow up effort hit the post.
After a slow start to the second half, Urwin rescued his defence when he smothered Hall’s shot after excellent work from the pacy winger.
Moors’ pressure levels increased further when Ramshaw threaded a pass through to Hall, but he dragged his shot wide by a matter of centimetres.
The chances started to mount up for Moors, and it felt like the elusive goal was unlikely to arrive when Taylor struck an audacious overhead kick from outside the box which hit the post.
After surviving waves of Spennymoor pressure, the referee gave a penalty to Chorley after Thackray caught Carver inside the area, but Blakeman’s penalty was too central and Gould claimed his fourth penalty save of the season.
With the game entering its final seconds, Brogan’s inswinging corner was met by Taylor who nodded past Urwin for his 30thgoal of the season, giving Moors a crucial victory and breaking Chorley hearts.
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