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Three goals in the last fifteen minutes saw a spirited Spennymoor side end 2018 with a win on a dramatic afternoon at Broadhurst Park.
Moors were guilty of missing a host of chances throughout the game and were denied by a cluster of excellent stops from FC United keeper Lloyd Allinson.
Despite dominating the early exchanges Moors fell behind when a sloppy phase of defending allowed Mike Potts to steal into the area and steer a volley past Matt Gould into the bottom corner.
Tom Peers saw red for the home side for a two footed lunge on Andrew Johnson with twenty minutes to play, allowing Moors to press forward at will and eventually break down a dogged and stubborn FC United outfit.
Alex Kempster, shortly after being introduced from the bench, grabbed his first for the club after his wicked delivery was spilled into his own net by the previously reliable Allinson.
A scrappy goal from Rob Atkinson following a goalmouth scramble gave Jason Ainsley’s side the lead two minutes later, and substitute Mark Anderson scored with a whipped effort into the top corner to move Moors up to 4th in the table.
Ainsley made four changes to the side who drew with Blyth Spartans on Boxing Day, and he was without the services of top goalscorer Glen Taylor who was unavailable.
Adam Boyes came in to replace the National League North’s top marksman, and elsewhere Atkinson, Shaun Tuton and Johnson replaced Kris Thackray, Anderson and Ryan Hall.
Boyes, making a rare start this season, had two golden chances early on but was thwarted by the excellent Lloyd Allinson on both occasions.
Shaun Tuton’s wicked delivery into the area was met by the striker after just four minutes, but despite a sweet connection, Allinson palmed it clear.
Moors fashioned an even clearer chance ten minutes in when an inch perfect Jamie Chandler pass put Boyes in the clear, but his slotted shot was kept out by the legs of the keeper.
Those missed opportunities came back to haunt Moors as the home side took the lead with their first meaningful attack, and it was goal which was gift wrapped for the home side.
A loose pass across the box allowed United to get into a crossing position, and when Sharp found the onrushing captain Potts, he did superbly to guide the ball into the corner.
Allinson produced his finest save of the afternoon just before the interval, clawing away Shane Henry’s close range header from a Stephen Brogan set-piece, before Johnson was flagged offside after turning the rebound in.
After an eventful and even start to the second half, Moors carved out a guilt edge chance to draw level, but Boyes could only turn Johnson’s cross over the bar from a few yards out.
The miss gave the home side renewed confidence and they pressed forward in search of a second goal to potentially take the game away from Moors, but Potts saw two goal bound strikes easily saved by Gould.
But the vocal crowd at a packed Broadhurst Park were silenced minutes later when the referee had no hesitation in sending off Peers for a reckless challenge on Johnson.
With a man advantage and the momentum now fully behind them, a Moors side who could smell blood drew level when Kempster’s speedy delivery caught out Allinson, and the keeper spilled the ball behind the line.
There was only one winner at this stage, and the second goal arrived two minutes later when Anderson’s clever wing play and cross caused a goal mouth scramble, ending with Atkinson forcing the ball into the net.
With the home side now in desperate search of an equaliser, spaces opened up for Moors to attack at will, with Allinson denying another Boyes effort, but in the dying moments, Moors sealed the three points as Anderson netted another stunner following a brilliant goal against Blyth earlier in the week.
The midfielder picked up the ball on the edge of the area before effortlessly caressing the ball over the head of a helpless Allinson, sending the travelling Moors fans wild in the stand.
Moors are now up to fourth ahead of their New Year’s Day clash with Blyth Spartans at The Brewery Field.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|United of Manchester||1||0||1||Loss|