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Jack Edwards struck a late winner to condemn Moors to an early exit in the FA Trophy as Leamington progressed to the next round.
Jack Edwards cancelled out Glen Taylor’s equaliser with nine minutes of normal time remaining. Connor Taylor had given Leamington the lead at the interval.
Jason Ainsley names the same side that began the league game against Telford, but with seven subs available, Andrew Johnson made a first return to the match day squad since picking up an injury in late September against Kidderminster.
In torrential conditions at The Phillips 66 Community Stadium, Leamington created the game’s first half chance when Edwards’ header from a corner was cleared away inside a crowded six yard area.
Moors looked dangerous on the break, but it was The Brakes who took the lead after 18 minutes through a goal crafter from a thrown-in.
Stephan Morley’s throw was chested down by Kaiman Anderson into the path of Taylor, and the winger curled the ball past the dive of Gould into the far corner.
Moors’ best opening of a frustrating 25 minutes fell to Taylor, but his effort from a tight angle went across the six yard area.
But it was the home side who looked the more dangerous as the half progressed, and they somehow failed to double their advantage ten minutes before the interval.
Joe Clarke collected a loose pass and advanced forward unchallenged to the edge of the Moors area before feeding Anderson. The striker was in on goal, but his shot struck the back of the advising board before nestling against the back of the net.
Spennymoor’s best chance arrived at the end of a scrappy half of football, with James Roberts gaining a yard in the area before stinging the palms of keeper Jake Weaver.
Moors began the second half brightly and came within inches of finding an equaliser when Rob Ramshaw connected well with a dropping ball following a corner, but his shot zipped just wide.
Spennymoor were firmly in control of possession and dominated the ball for large parts of the second half but struggled to break down a stubborn Leamington defence.
Taylor almost found the equaliser when he met a corner from eight yards out, but his header sailed wide of the post.
But the Moors striker wasn’t to be denied his moment fifteen minutes from time. He collected a long ball over the top before cutting past his marker and drilling a low shot past Weaver.
However, despite finally finding a leveller and then threatening to go on and win the tie, it was the home side who found something from nothing just five minutes later.
Much like the first goal the home side scored, it came from a throw in which was then delivered into the box. A flick on found the onrushing Edwards who flew in on the goal line to win the tie for The Brakes.
With no game next Saturday, Moors make a swift return to Leamington in the National League North on Saturday 7th December.
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|23rd November 2019||3:00 pm||Buildbase FA Trophy||2019/20|