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Spennymoor’s hopes of securing their first ever appearance in the National League were dashed as Chorley won a tense penalty shoot out at Victory Park.
Moors, who came out on top on spot-kick’s a week earlier at Brackley, showed heart to equalise through Glen Taylor moments after falling behind in extra time to Scott Leather’s header.
A nervy ninety minutes saw the home side create the better chances, with Marcus Carver and Josh Wilson going close, but Ryan Hall also several sights of goal which tested Matt Urwin.
In a nail-biting shootout, Matt Gould stopped Chorley’s first two penalties, with Urwin denying Taylor, before Mark Anderson gave Spennymoor the advantage.
Rob Ramshaw saw his penalty saved, with the Magpies scoring their next four in succession.
Urwin was the hero, like he was for Chorley against Altrincham in the semi-final, diving to his right to deny Andrew Johnson, sparking a pitch invasion from the home fans.
Jason Ainsley named the same side that manoeuvred past Brackley Town on penalties in the semi-final, with Johnson coming in on the bench to replace Kris Thackray.
Unsurprisingly, it was an error strewn first half with players evidently nervous and knowing one mistake could be the difference.
James Curtis and Scott Harrison had the job of keeping the lively, and at times, infuriating, Marcus Carver at bay, with the defensive pair making key interceptions, blocks and clearances.
Hall had Moors’ two best openings of the first period, glancing a header wide before beating Meppen-Walters and firing an effort over the bar.
It was the pacy winger who had a big chance for Spennymoor in the early stages of the second half, bursting from the edge of his own penalty area, beating two men, before testing Urwin.
Taylor then came close as the game began to turn in Spennymoor’s favour, but the striker’s header went just wide at the back post following a Stephen Brogan free kick.
As a final, which was played on a knife edge for the majority, neared it conclusion, Moors found themselves camped in their own area as the Magpies looked to seal promotion with a late goal.
Carver came close, lifting the ball over the bar under pressure from the alert Gould, signalling the start of extra time.
The first half of extra time was dominated by the home side, with two free-kicks from Alex Newby and Adam Blakeman testing Gould.
There was a sense that the opener was coming, and with minutes of the half to go, Blakeman’s corner found the head of defender Leather who nodded in from close range.
At that stage it looked as though Moors, who had dealt with a huge amount of pressure all afternoon, would struggle to fight back, but the game was levelled up just moments later.
Brogan’s delivery into the box was cushioned by Anderson who struck towards goal, and when the rebound fell to Taylor on the angle, the striker buried between the legs of Urwin for his 32nd goal of the season.
After another tense second half of extra time, the game went to penalties, with Urwin’s save from Johnson’s penalty deciding the game.
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