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- Second half Andrew Johnson goal wins the points for Moors
- Moors go five points clear of Chorley and remain fifth
- Porter makes string of saves early in the second half
- Shane Henry puts in Man of the Match display
Spennymoor earned a vital three points against an in-form Chorley side after a second half goal from Andrew Johnson.
Johnson, who scored twice during the week for Moors in the Durham Challenge Cup, took his personal tally to seven this season.
In a first half which featured very little in the way of goalmouth action, Jason Walker went closest for the visitors, but his close-range header struck the bar.
Glen Taylor showed some good footwork with his back to goal when he flicked the ball over the head of Andy Teague, before sending a bobbling volley into the arms of Chorley goalkeeper Matt Urwin.
Moors almost went ahead just before the break, but neither Mark Anderson or Taylor could apply a finishing touch to Kallum Griffiths’ whipped cross.
After a fairly uninspiring first half, Moors keeper Jordan Porter was called upon on several occasions at the start of the second half.
First, Marcus Carver made a yard of space in the box before firing a shot which Porter did well to palm away, before Walker expertly chested down Josh Wilson’s cross field pass before being denied by Spennymoor’s shot stopper.
After riding an early wave of second half pressure, Moors began to grow into the game, and when a rampaging run and cross from Christopher Chantler found the feet of Johnson, he took a touch before firing his effort straight down the throat of Urwin.
Chorley then had Urwin to thank again when he showed great reflexes to deny Taylor his tenth goal of the season.
However, following his earlier chance, Johnson wasn’t to be denied moments later. Joe Tait’s long ball was chested down by Johnson to Taylor, and when he cleverly played in Jamie Chandler down the right, the midfielder found the head of Mark Anderson.
Anderson’s header was initially saved by Urwin, but Johnson was on hand to pounce and break the deadlock.
David Foley had a glaring chance to double the lead fifteen minutes later, but he could only strike the bar after he went one-on-one with Matt Urwin.
Nick Haughton, who had scored seven of The Magpies’ previous eight goals going into the match, was largely anonymous, but did cause a problem when he won a free-kick on the edge of Moors’ penalty area after a fabulous slaloming run.
Adam Blakeman took the resulting set-piece, with his curling effort bending wide of Porter’s right hand post.
Taylor had one final chance to add to his seasons tally and make sure of the three points, but Urwin once again denied Moors, saving the striker’s left footed drive.
The result means Spennymoor remain in fifth on 28 points, but they are now four points clear of Chorley who play their game in hand against Tamworth on Monday night at Victory Park.
Moors face Nuneaton Town away next Saturday.
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