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Two goals in the final fifteen minutes saw Spennymoor record a fifth consecutive league win against a stubborn Nuneaton side.
The struggling hosts frustrated Jason Ainsley’s side for large parts, but Glen Taylor’s header thirteen minutes from time broke the deadlock.
Mark Anderson swept in from inside the box with five minutes to go to kill off any lingering Nuneaton hopes as Moors secured their spot in third place.
Jason Ainsley made three changes to the side who were beaten by Telford in the FA Trophy, with Scott Harrison coming in for his debut, while Liam Agnew and Mark Anderson also returning to the starting eleven.
In a flat first half, both sides struggled to create openings, with Rob Ramshaw coming the closest with a driven effort which Cam Belford saved.
Debutant Harrison and James Curtis found themselves on the ball on a regular basis as Nuneaton sat deep in an effort to quell any early Moors pressure.
The home side had chances of their own, with Ryan Edmunds going close via a close-range effort, but Matt Gould was alert enough to keep it out with his legs.
Edmunds threatened again shortly before half time, but his strike from distance whipped wide of the far post.
The second half saw Moors raise their game and they sprang into life immediately after the restart, with Agnew firing a shot from distance which took a deflection and flew just wide of the post.
From the resulting corner Taylor created a chance for himself after cutting inside after a neat touch, but his shot was charged down by Miles Addison.
Andrew Johnson became more of a threat as the game went on, and the winger came close with a low drilled shot on the angle, but Belford was equal to it. Harrison almost capped his debut with a goal from the next phase of play, but his header went wide of the post.
A controversial moment in the contest arrived shortly after the hour mark when Ramshaw went down under a challenge in the area. The referee immediately blew his whistle but opted to caution the Moors midfielder for a dive.
As time began to work against Moors the chances kept arriving, and with frustration growing, Taylor added another to his ever-growing collection to ease any potential worries.
Stephen Brogan sent in a pinpoint corner which was met by Taylor for his 25thgoal of the season, sparking wild celebrations amongst the travelling Moors fans behind the goal.
The first goal signalled the end of Nuneaton’s resistance and Moors soon added a goal to make the score line more reflective of the game.
Substitute Ryan Hall delivered a high cross into the area towards the head of Taylor, who, despite being wrestled to the floor by a defender, managed to tee up Anderson who fired into the bottom corner past Belford.
The result leaves Moors in third place in the National League North, five points ahead of fourth place Brackley Town and seven behind leader Chorley.
Header photo courtesy of Simon Kimber Photography.
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|16th February 2019||3:00 pm||National League North||2018/19||510|