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- Moors drop one place to third after draw at Nethermoor Park
- Glen Taylor scores his 11th of the season
- Rowan Liburd earns point for The Lions with low strike
- Stephen Brogan sent off late on for two bookable offences
Spennymoor remained in the top four of the National League North despite Rowan Liburd’s second half goal which earned Guiseley a point at a heated Nethermoor Park.
Glen Taylor’s penalty three minutes from the interval gave Jason Ainsley’s side the lead after the referee spotted a handball from Cliff Mayo.
However, The Lions earned a share of the spoils thanks to Liburd’s low effort just moments after James Curtis had he headed against the bar.
Stephen Brogan was shown a contentious red card six minutes from time after two bookable offences, but the ten men of Moors hung on thanks to a superb late save from Matt Gould.
Jason Ainsley made one change from the side who claimed all three points at Chorley a fortnight previous, with Jake Hibbs replacing Callum Williams at right back, meaning Kris Thackray continued in a midfield role.
The home side edged the opening exchanges, clearly still buoyed by their FA Cup win over Cambridge United a week ago, but strikes from Liburd and Will Hatfield failed to test Gould.
But after a promising introduction to the contest the game fell foul to a scrappy and low quality phase, with the referee showing Kingsley James a yellow card for a late challenge on Mark Anderson.
The crowd of 964 at Nethermoor Park were finally awoken as the game burst into life around the half hour mark, and it was Lewis Walters who came close on two occasions, but Gould was in fine form once again to deny him.
First, a clever ball found the Guiseley strike but his attempted finish into the corner was smothered by the Moors keeper, before Liburd flicked in the rebound from an offside position.
Walters then had a carbon copy effort minutes later from a similar angle, but Gould was equal to his strike and Liburd’s soon after.
Despite failing to carve out any clear cut openings in the first 40 minutes of the afternoon, Moors found themselves ahead at the half time break after Taylor dispatched his 11th goal of the season from the penalty spot.
The referee adjudged Moyo to have handled in the area, an incident was not too dissimilar to the penalty were awarded at Victory Park two weeks previous.
Clearly spurred on by taking the lead late in the first period, Moors began the second half in the ascendancy and went within inches of doubling their lead ten minutes after the restart.
Anderson’s corner was met by the head of captain Curtis, but he couldn’t keep his effort down and it clipped Worsnop’s crossbar before going over.
Despite looking assured in the early stages of the half the home side were gifted a way back into the contest when a loose ball fell to Liburd on the edge of the area. The rangy striker powered into the box before steering an effort past Gould into the bottom corner.
With the match now fully into top gear, both teams pushed forward in search of a winner, and Taylor almost found the answer with a sweet left-footed strike following good work from Brogan, but a combination of Niall Heaton and Wornsop denied the Moors marksman.
The match continued to sway from end to end before the referee intervened with a decision which caused confusion on the Moors bench and in the stands. The ball struck Brogan’s hand from close range, prompting Richard Aspinall to show the left back a red card.
With the pressure now firmly on the Spennymoor goal, a resolute performance from Curtis and Rob Atkinson, coupled with a brilliant last gasp save from Gould, meant Moors left Nethermoor Park with an important point in their battle at the top.
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