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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.

Chorley

1Matt Urwin Goalkeeper
2Matt Challoner Defender
3Adam Blakeman Defender
4Andy Teague Defender 74'
5Scott Leather 16 Defender
6Courtney Meppen-Walter Defender
7Kieran Glynn Midfielder
8Josh O’Keefe Midfielder 13'
9Josh Wilson Forward
10Louis Almond Forward 34'
11Elliott Newby Midfielder 59'
12Jake Cottrell Midfielder
14Alex Newby Forward
15Dale Whitham Midfielder
16Marcus Carver 5 Forward
17Adam Anson Defender
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Spennymoor

1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Callum Williams Defender
3Stephen Brogan Defender 65'
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder 85'
5Robert Atkinson Defender 65'
6James Curtis Defender
7Andrew Johnson 16 Midfielder
8Kris Thackray Defender
9Glen Taylor Forward 75 (pen
10Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
11Mark Anderson 15 Midfielder
12Joshua Bayne Midfielder
13Christopher Elliott Goalkeeper
14Kevin Hayes Forward
15Shaun Tuton 11 Forward
16Adam Boyes 7 Forward
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Clean Sheet
0
0
Goals
1
2
Assists
0
1
Yellow Cards
3
1
Red Cards
0
0

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Chorley011Loss
Spennymoor022Win

Details

Date Time Competition Season
3rd November 2018 3:00 pm National League North 2018/19

Ground

The Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium
84 Duke St, Chorley PR7 3DT, UK