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Four first half goals from a clinical Harrogate side saw Moors end pre-season with a second consecutive defeat.
The home side were ruthless from crosses into the area, with Brendan Kiernan, Will Smith, Joe Leesley and Mark Beck all on the scoresheet despite Moors creating a cluster of good opportunities in a lively first period.
In Jason Ainsley’s absence, Tommy Miller named a team featuring five changes from the side who were beaten by Dunston on Tuesday evening.
Matt Gould returned in goal, while in front of him, Callum Williams and Christoper Mason were handed starts after beginning the previous game on the bench. Jamie Chandler returned following an absence, with Andrew Johnson replacing Rees Greenwood on the left.
On a rain-sodden afternoon at The CNG Stadium, it was Moors who began brightly through a teasing cross from James Roberts, however, Ben McKenna and Dan Ward simultaneously attacked the ball leading to the chance fading away.
That energetic opening was replaced by a disastrous five minute spell as the National League outfit scored twice to take the initiative early.
First, a driven cross from the right hand side caused chaos in the Moors penalty area, with Kiernan getting the decisive touch to roll it into the corner past Gould.
That goal invigorated a Harrogate side clearly playing with a high level of confidence, and they doubled their lead five minutes later via another cross into the Moors area.
This time, a straight delivery from the halfway line found the head of former Darlington defender Smith, who guided the ball into the far corner, giving Moors a mountain to climb.
Those two goals did little to dampen Spennymoor’s belief, and despite having to withstand spells of pressure, Moors went within inches of pulling a goal back when Johnson crashed a superb header against James Belshaw’s post.
Johnson then linked up with Dan Ward as the winger came agonisingly close again to getting on the scoresheet. His neat one-two with the midfielder resulted in a trademark shot which went just wide.
Despite Moors’ sharpness with the ball going forward, crossed into the box continued to trouble the back four, and on the half hour mark, Harrogate moved out of sight with a third goal.
Leesley moved from the left to the right, and after cutting in on his favoured left foot he sent a tantalising cross which evaded the lunging Beck before nestling in the far corner.
Beck, who was a constant thorn in Moors’ backline throughout the first period, should have made it four when he headed against the bar from point blank range, but he made amends just before the half time whistle, nodding in at the back post following a deep corner.
The home side made several changes at the break, while for Moors, Ryan Hall was introduced in place of Johnson. Those changes saw a subdued start to the second half with Harrogate going the closest via a drive from George Thompson.
Mark Anderson and Rees Greenwood were introduced around the hour mark as Miller looked to force that elusive goal that Moors thoroughly deserved, however, it proved to be fruitless as Harrogate ran out convincing winners.
Moors begin their National League North campaign at Hereford next Saturday.
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