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Glen Taylor’s late penalty rescued a valuable point for Spennymoor against Southport on a night where Moors lost ground at the top of the National League North.
A frustrating evening looked as though it would end in defeat after Jack Sampson scored nine minutes from time for the visitors.
But, with five minutes of normal time to play Devarn Green left a high foot on Taylor after a Ryan Hall cross, prompting the referee to point to the spot.
Taylor, who had been frustrated for the majority of the evening, slammed home his 26thgoal of the season in all competitions to move Moors onto 60 points for the campaign.
Following a narrow loss at Stockport just three days earlier, Jason Ainsley opted to name the same side that suffered just a fifth defeat of the season at Edgeley Park.
The first half will not go down as one that will live long in the memory, with few clear-cut openings for either side on a quiet evening at The Brewery Field.
Southport, who came into the clash sitting in 13thposition, were the more creative team, going close with Dion Charles’ fizzing drive early on, but Matt Gould was more than equal to his effort.
Bradley Bauress and Jordan Archer both stung the palms of Spennymoor’s keeper as Liam Watson’s side grew in confidence, but Mark Anderson should have swept Moors ahead five minutes from the interval.
A long throw in from Callum Williams was flicked on from the edge of the box, but Anderson could only fire a bouncing ball narrowly wide of Daniel Hanford’s post
Both sides emerged for the second half with a point to prove after a tame first half, but the pattern of the game continued in the same vein.
Southport’s dominant defender Ryan Astles sliced a shot wide from a corner three minutes after the restart, before there was a stoppage in play as Moors skipper James Curtis fell awkwardly after a tussle with Archer.
Voted Man of the Match later in the game, Curtis managed to run off the injury and play the rest of the match, and he was part of a cluster of bodies who blocked an Astles shot off the line as the game neared its conclusion.
As the contest entered the final ten minutes the game burst into life, and Southport capitalised on tired Moors legs to take the lead and deal a damaging blow to Spennymoor’s promotion bid.
A long ball was hoisted up to the physical Sampson, and the striker managed to turn his marker before bouncing a left footed effort past Gould and into the far corner.
A lift was required from Spennymoor, and after the introduction of Shaun Tuton, the game swung in Moors’ favour.
The winger battled through three Southport challenges to free Hall down the right-hand side, and after the winger delivered the ball towards the head of Taylor, substitute Green dangled a high foot which caught the Moors striker.
With the pressure on his shoulders in what could prove to be a huge moment in the grand scheme of things this season, Taylor lasered his penalty into the bottom left corner, sending Hanford the wrong way.
The drama wasn’t over as Moors had two golden chances to take all three points against the odds. First, late substitute Adam Boyes was played through on the left, but his effort was straight at Hanford.
If that was a good chance, then a golden one was to present itself to Hall with the final kick of the game. After a deep cross made its way back across the six-yard box, the winger raced onto the loose ball but fired over the bar with his weaker left foot, signalling the full time whistle.
Moors remain third and are now six points behind leaders Stockport who won 3-1 at Boston United.
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|5th March 2019||7:45 pm||National League North||2018/19||660|