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Two goals in five second half minutes saw Spennymoor defeat league leaders Chorley and move within one point of the National League North summit.
After an uneventful first half of action, in which Rob Ramshaw had the best chance, the second half was packed with incident and drama.
Elliott Newby beat Matt Gould with a thunderous strike to open the scoring, but a gutsy Moors side fought back with goals from Rob Atkinson and Glen Taylor.
Jason Ainsley made two enforced changes to the side that beat York 3-0 on Tuesday evening. Shane Henry was suspended, and Jake Hibbs hadn’t recovered from an injury he suffered four days ago.
Rob Atkinson came in alongside James Curtis at the back, with Callum Williams replacing Hibbs. Kris Thackray moved into the midfield alongside Jamie Chandler.
The home side, who were unbeaten at Victory Park since a defeat at the hands of Boston United in March, began the brighter of the two teams.
Josh Wilson and Adam Blakeman both had tame efforts saved comfortably by Matt Gould, but after riding a spell of pressure, Moors felt their way back into the contest.
Ainsley’s side created the first period’s most memorable opportunity on the half hour mark when Mark Anderson closed down Blakeman’s attempted clearance, allowing the midfielder to slip in Ramshaw, but he couldn’t keep his effort down.
That incident gave Ainsley’s side belief, and when a Stephen Brogan corner dropped to the feet of Taylor, only a last-ditch challenge from Courtney Meppen-Walter denied the striker from firing in from six yards.
A tame match burst into life after the interval, and Chorley should have been ahead when Wilson headed wide of the post despite being unmarked in the area.
Gould was then forced into is first proper save of the afternoon when he turned Newby’s long range shot around the post, but the Chorley forward wasn’t to be denied moments later when he flashed a fizzing strike past the Moors keeper to give The Magpies the lead.
However, Ainsley’s side have shown magnificent heart and desire on countless occasions this campaign and equalised less than ten minutes later.
Brogan’s whipped corner to the front post was met by the head of Atkinson, and he flashed his first goal for the club past Matt Urwin.
The defining moment of the game was laced in controversy as the referee adjudged Andy Teague to have handled Ramshaw’s cross into the area, sending the home support into meltdown.
Taylor stepped up under pressure to bury a laser-like penalty past the reach of Urwin, netting his tenth goal of the campaign.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|3rd November 2018||3:00 pm||National League North||2018/19|