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Another late Glen Taylor equaliser earned Spennymoor Town a valuable point as they drew 1-1 away to Southport.
A stuttering first half saw Moors fall behind to a bullet Ryan Astles header from a driven Southport corner. But Taylor once again proved his value to the team, taking advantage of Spennymoor’s late spell of pressure with a crucial back-post header to grab a share of the spoils in the 94thminute.
Jason Ainsley named an unchanged starting line-up following last week’s comfortable win over FC United of Manchester for the trip South.
Moors looked to be getting into their stride quickly when a silky passing move down the left freed up Stephen Brogan to deliver a drilled cross through the six-yard box, which was critically cleared by Josh Langley.
But this was to be their only real opening of the first half as Southport took control of the game.
A five-minute spell of seemingly constant possession for the hosts resulted in the opener. A driven Elliot Osborne corner was met by the rampaging giant frame of David Astles, who slammed home an unstoppable header from 10 yards.
Just five minutes later Southport missed a golden opportunity to double their lead. A teasing delivery found the head of forward Jason Gilchrist at the back post, but he failed to hit the target from a great position.
Moors continued to live dangerously as Southport targeted their left-hand side. Another cross from there took a wicked deflection and looked destined to drop into the far corner, but the spin on the bounce favoured the visitors and James Curtis managed to hook clear and see his side through to half time.
The start of the second period was no better. Moors’ frustration was personified by Jake Hibbs on 50 minutes who, after giving the ball away in his own half, scythed down Dion Charles and found himself in the referee’s notebook.
The afternoon looked bleaker as Rob Atkinson was forced out of the game with a groin injury; Kris Thackray replacing him at centre-half.
It took until 72 minutes for Spennymoor to have a serious attempt at goal. Shane Henry drilled a 30-yard strike low towards the bottom right corner, only to see Daniel Hanford get a strong glove on it to tip it round the post.
Encouraged by this, Jason Ainsley sent Ryan Hall into the action, replacing Brogan, which freed Tuton up to get closer to the isolated Glen Taylor.
Slowly, the visitors built up a head of steam that saw them dominate the final 10 minutes and push the hosts progressively deeper.
The Moors looked like they’d spurned their chance to grab something in the 88thminute when Tuton’s neat turn fed Hibbs. He managed to set up Kris Thackray who’d crept up to just inside the area. He smashed it goalwards, but was denied by the underside of the cross bar. It even ricocheted down off the back of Hanford without crossing the line.
When all hope seemed lost it was Moors’ late goal specialist Taylor who came to their rescue. Hall did well to keep the ball alive and deliver a hopeful cross to the back post. Just like in the home game against Darlington, Taylor was in the right place to grab the all-important equaliser in the dying moments with a coolly-directed header into the far corner.
That proved to be the last action of a match that the Moors will ultimately be relieved to have taken a point from.
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