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Spennymoor suffered a narrow defeat to Stockport in front of a crowd of 6,311 supporters at Edgeley Park.

Sam Walker’s second half free-kick which found its way in from distance settled a tense and intriguing top of the table encounter.

Moors had a strong penalty claim turned away moments later, but the referee was unmoved after goal scorer Walker blocked a shot with his arm from a Callum Williams cross.

Jason Ainsley named the same starting eleven that defeated Leamington a week previous, with Chris Elliott returning to the bench after being left out.

With Stockport a point ahead of Moors at the summit of the National League North, the implications of the result were evident from the start, as both teams played out a tense opening.

It was Moors who carved out the contest’s first meaningful opening, but Shane Henry couldn’t connect with a superb Rob Ramshaw cross.

The home side, who were on a high following their progression to the FA Trophy semi-final, came close when a corner dropped to Matty Warburton, but Matt Gould reacted sharply to deny County’s top marksman.

A boisterous atmosphere was dampened after a scrappy spell around the thirty-minute mark, but as the half drew to a conclusion, it was Ainsley’s men who took control of proceedings, coming close on a number of occasions.

First, Stephen Brogan’s corner was headed goalward by James Curtis, but a Stockport defender diverted the ball over the bar to prevent a certain opener.

A flurry of corners followed, and Andrew Johnson came inches from converting from close range. Glen Taylor prodded a ball across the six-yard box, but the winger couldn’t get the required connection to force the ball home.

Both teams emerged from the dressing room with a spring in their step and the tempo of the game went up another level, as the action swayed from end to end.

Johnson came close again with a trademark effort, cutting in from the left and testing the alert Ben Hinchcliffe with a swerving shot which was heading for the far corner.

The contest continued to thrill in a high tempo second half, and this time it was Stockport who came close to breaking the deadlock. Warburton struck a shot straight at Gould from the edge of the area.

But County were not to be denied minutes later as the match was settled from a set-piece. After Jamie Chandler was adjudged to have handballed just past the half way line, Walker whipped in a deep free-kick which snuck in past the outstretched hand of Gould.

A valiant Spennymoor kept going and had a clear penalty ruled out when Williams’ cross was handled by Walker, with the referee waving away a cluster of furious appeals.

Moors struggled to break down a solid County back line as the game drew to a close, and the full time whistle signalled rapturous noise from the home faithful.

Stockport

1Ben Hinchcliffe Goalkeeper
2Sam Minihan Defender
3Scott Duxbury Defender
4Jordan Keane Midfielder
5Ash Palmer Defender
6Lewis Baines Defender
7Elliott Osbourne Forward
8Sam Walker Midfielder 73'
9Nyal Bell 16 Forward
10Matthew Warburton 12 Forward
11Jake Kirby 15 Midfielder
12Paul Turnbull 10 Midfielder
13Ian Ormson Goalkeeper
15Darren Stephenson 11 Forward
16Frank Mulhern 9 Forward
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Spennymoor

1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Callum Williams Defender
3Stephen Brogan 16 Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Scott Harrison Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Mark Anderson 14 Midfielder
8Shane Henry Midfielder 80'
9Glen Taylor Forward
10Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
11Andrew Johnson 15 Midfielder
12Kris Thackray Defender
13Christopher Elliott Goalkeeper
14Ryan Hall 7 Midfielder 90'
15Shaun Tuton 11 Forward
16Adam Boyes 3 Forward
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Clean Sheet
0
0
Goals
1
0
Assists
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
2
Red Cards
0
0

Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Stockport011Win
Spennymoor000Loss

Details

Date Time Competition Season Attendance
2nd March 2019 3:00 pm National League North 2018/19 6311

Ground

Edgeley Park
7 Hardcastle Rd, Stockport SK3 9BY, UK

Past Meetings

2018/19
The Brewery Field

Attendance: 659
2017/18
Edgeley Park

2017/18
The Brewery Field