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Spennymoor once again left it late as substitutes Adam Boyes and Mark Anderson ended Leamington’s unbeaten home record, and in the process, leapfrogged The Brakes into eighth place.
A dull contest looked set to finish goalless, but after Jason Ainsley introduced Boyes and Anderson, Moors took advantage of a tiring Leamington side who rarely threatened Matt Gould.
Jason Ainsley was forced into one change from the side who drew at Southport a week ago, with the injured Rob Atkinson being replaced by Kris Thackray in defence.
On an afternoon of light rain and blustery winds, the game got off to a quiet and scrappy start, with both sides struggling to get into their rhythm.
The home side, who were sixth at the start of the afternoon, were the brighter team, with Jack Edwards firing wide the first attempt of the game.
Rob Ramshaw and Glen Taylor combined shortly after the quarter of an hour mark as Moors created their first chance, but the latter could only direct a tame effort straight at Leamington skipper Tony Breedan.
The Brakes responded and hit the post in unusual fashion from a long free-kick minutes later. Matt Stenson flicked on a header which flew through a sea of bodies, and despite the calm reaction of Gould, the ball rebounded off the post.
That was to be the only action for another stale fifteen minutes, regularly disrupted by soft fouls, but it was Taylor who carved out the half’s best opportunity, receiving the ball from Andrew Johnson before hitting a sweet shot with Breedan tipped over the bar.
As the half drew to a close, both Stenson and Shane Henry were shown a yellow card following a seemingly harmless clash, with the Leamington striker falling to the floor in dramatic style.
The second half followed the pattern of its predecessor, with a cluster of cheap fouls spoiling the fluidity of the contest, and chances were few and far between.
Stenson and Callum Gittings came the closest for the home side, while Shaun Tuton came close to his first goal for the club when he fired a shot marginally over the bar.
With a spark required, Ainsley decided to introduce Anderson, with twenty minutes to go, and Boyes, who had come off the bench earlier in the season to score against FC United of Manchester, and the rewards were instant.
Taylor collected the ball on the right wing, and after looking up, spotted Boyes on the six-yard line. The substitute met his cross with a first-time volley which went in via a flick from the post.
With their confidence shattered, Leamington went in search of an equaliser, but after Taylor won the ball on the halfway line, Moors suddenly had three men against one.
Breedan denied Taylor before reacting superbly to stop Boyes from doubling his personal account, but he couldn’t get in the way of Anderson’s shot which went in via the bar.
The win moves Spennymoor up to eighth place in the National League North. Nuneaton visit The Brewery Field next Saturday.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|8th September 2018||3:00 pm||National League North||2018/19|