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|Glen Taylor||2 (pen)'|
|4 (pen)'||Dior Angus|
Spennymoor Town exhibited their promotion credentials with a confident 3-1 victory over Nuneaton Borough to seal their fourth win in five games.
The Moors climbed to fifth in the table thanks to goals from Taylor, Ramshaw and Johnson on a comfortable afternoon at The Brewery Field.
An early goal from the penalty spot from Glen Taylor was quickly cancelled out by a penalty at the other end when Johnson brought down Curtis Obeng and Dior Angus converted.
Robert Ramshaw fired Moors back in front after a defensive mix-up in Nuneaton’s back-line and Johnson atoned for his earlier error to make the points safe just before the hour mark.
Just two minutes in Moors were given the chance to take the lead from the spot when Glen Taylor drove into the left-hand channel. Jon Onyeaka nudged him over inside the box and Mr Lamb showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Taylor dispatched the penalty himself, smashing into the bottom left corner.
Only a minute later and Nuneaton were given the perfect chance to equalise. Almost a carbon copy, Curtis Obeng found himself free inside the right-hand channel. A barge from Andrew Johnson was enough to send the full back tumbling in the box. Dior Angus stepped up and made no mistake, restoring parity in a crazy opening five minutes.
The game developed into a bit of a kicking match in the period that followed, Courtney Richards entering the book for clattering Rashaw in the Spennymoor half. Shane Henry decided to dish out some retribution and also found himself in the book.
On 26 minutes Johnson almost put Moors back ahead. Taylor’s mis-control in the box teed the winger up, who stung the fingertips of Cam Bamford with a fierce drive.
The sides continued to exchange chances, the dangerous Angus running in behind again and finding McGurk, whose shot wasn’t clean enough to beat Gould.
Carl Baker almost shocked Moors on 37 minutes, dancing around no fewer than three challenges inside the box, before firing straight at Gould.
After probing for a good 10 minutes, Ramshaw put Moors back in front in first-half stoppage time when Onyeaka and Danny Burns handed him possession on the edge of the Borough area. The midfielder pounced on the ball to go one-on-one and slip underneath Belford.
Moors should have made it three in the first minute of the second half when Taylor’s cross found Henry 10 yards out, but he blazed over on the volley.
Gould had to be on guard in the 50thminute after Angus sped in behind the defence and tried to chip it over the onrushing ‘keeper. It was a big save with Angus looking certain to equalise for the visitors.
Moors went two ahead in the 57thminute, Johnson rounding off a lovely move down the left after being played in by the imperious Ramshaw.
The busy Angus had a great chance to equalise when substitute Devon Kelly-Evans headed a deep delivery back across goal, but Angus could only scoop it over the bar with a diving header from three yards. It was a big moment that could have opened the game back up and Moors breathed a sigh of relief.
Kelly-Evans then managed to dribble into a shooting position, but was foiled by a superb last-ditch challenge from Chandler, one of several he made throughout the match.
The game fizzled out in the final 15 minutes, with Moors content with a two-goal cushion and Nuneaton failing to threaten. But there was still time for Ryan Hall to mis-hit a shot when Chandler pulled back from the byline in the closing stages, when he looked certain to make it four.
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