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Matt Gould was the hero as his penalty save ensured Spennymoor claimed all three points against a dogged Leamington side.
Mark Anderson’s third goal in three consecutive games in the past week in the first half was enough to see Moors move one point behind Chorley, who were beaten by Ashton United.
Callum Williams brought down Dan Sweeney with just over ten minutes to go, but Gould dove to his right to stop Colby Bishop’s fierce spot kick.
Jason Ainsley made no changes, perhaps unsurprisingly, to the side who beat Altrincham 2-0 on Tuesday evening, with Shaun Tuton replacing Christopher Elliott on the bench.
On a mild afternoon at The Brewery Field, a game between two sides in contrasting form took a while to get going, with Joe Clarke firing low straight at Gould for the contests first opportunity.
Spennymoor came close from a corner just past the twenty-minute mark, and after a driven ball from Stephen Brogan, Glen Taylor headed narrowly over the bar.
It wasn’t long until Taylor was involved in the sole goal in the game. The striker held off the challenge of James Mace and teed up the onrushing Anderson who side-footed in via a hand from Tony Breedan which took the ball onto the post.
That goal gave Moors a lift and the advantage were almost doubled instantly, however, Rob Ramshaw could only skid an effort wide of the post.
The Brakes, who began the day in 17th, were a different team in the second half and returned from the interval with a spring in their step.
Ahmed Obeng went close a minute after the restart, firing a low effort from close range which Gould managed to hang onto.
But, despite Leamington becoming more dominant, Taylor and Andrew Johnson both went close with respective strikes.
The referee stepped into the limelight shortly after following his decision to not show Jack Edwards a second yellow card for a lunge on Shane Henry.
To make matters worse, Jamie Chandler saw yellow for a similar challenge just moments later.
With the away side growing in confidence by the minute, they had the perfect chance to level proceedings when substitute Sweeney went down under a tackle from Williams.
Bishop, who has scored 15 times in the league this season, grabbed the ball confidently, but saw his kick superbly stopped by Gould.
Moors are now one point behind Chorley and Stockport County and head to the latter next weekend in a huge clash.
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|23rd February 2019||3:00 pm||National League North||2018/19||786|