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Spennymoor Town were held to a goalless draw by Curzon Ashton in a heated encounter at the Brewery Field.
The best chance of the game fell to Glen Taylor in the second half, who was unlucky to find the only bobble on an otherwise immaculate pitch and skied his one-on-one well over the bar from 18 yards.
Jason Ainsley made just one change in the Spennymoor starting line-up from the loss at Brackley, as Rob Atkinson replaced suspended captain James Curtis following last week’s red card.
The match was very much a slow burner and there was little goalmouth action to speak of in the first half. Instead, the game was spent doing battle in the middle of the pitch.
Curzon’s Oliver Crankshaw hacked Jake Hibbs down three times in the space of 10 minutes to earn a yellow card. His teammate Cameron McJannet followed him into the book after scything down Robert Ramshaw, who had left him for dead on the right wing.
Taylor fashioned the only chance of note in the first 45. He pulled Tuton’s cross down from above his head with a deft touch, before firing a powerful half-volley, which Cameron Mason did well to save.
Then it was Spennymoor’s turn to pick up yellow cards. Shane Henry was booked for an agricultural challenge in the centre circle and Shaun Tuton joined him in the melee that followed after clashing with Mohamud Ali.
Taylor’s big chance came straight after the break in the 46thminute. He timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap and pulled the trigger from 18 yards with only the goalkeeper to beat. The bobble of the ball was an unfortunate moment for a player whose goal-scoring exploits have been worth their weight in gold this season for Moors.
Moors continued to dominate possession and spend plenty of time in the Curzon Ashton final third, but ultimately failed to create significant opportunities.
A late surging run from Robert Ramshaw looked to have carved Curzon open in the 87thminute, but his pull-back was crucially diverted over the bar by James Baillie.
Another shoving match took place in the closing moments, which saw Ramshaw and Ali booked to draw a close to a frustrating afternoon for the Moors.
Gould, Hibbs, Brogan, Atkinson ©, Thackray, Chandler, Ramshaw, Henry, Anderson (Boyes, 76), Tuton (Johnson, 61), Taylor
Williams, Elliott, Hayes
Mason, Baillie, McJannett, Hunt ©, Shaw, Rowney, Guest, Ali, Cummins, Hughes, Crankshaw (Khoury, 68)
Fawns, Purdham, Wall, Merrill
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