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A penalty from Adam Boyes and a Ben McKenna strike saw Moors squeeze to a narrow victory at Tadcaster Albion to make it two wins from three in pre-season.
In a game of few chances and large periods of scrappy play which featured two controversial penalties, Jason Ainsley’s side ran out winners in red hot conditions.
Moors took the lead after a stale opening 20 minute period which solely featured a mazy dribble from Rees Greenwood. It came in controversial circumstances after Boyes was adjudged to have been fouled following the strikers shot over the bar.
Boyes, who scored twice against West Auckland on Tuesday evening, slammed his kick down the middle, replicating the penalty he netted against Brackley Town in last season’s play-off semi-final.
The striker almost grabbed a second shortly after, collecting a cross from the left but slicing his effort into the side netting.
Moors defended well in what was overall a fairly drab and uninspired first half of pre-season action, and the pattern continued into the second despite the introduction of Glen Taylor for Boyes.
However, after Ainsley opted to make five changes on the hour mark the game burst into life, with two subs, James Roberts and McKenna linking up to double Moors’ lead. The winger squeezed a low shot below the Tadcaster keeper for his first goal in a Spennymoor shirt.
Tadcaster were allowed the opportunity to net a late consolation after James Curtis’ allegedly fouled Albion’s number seven, however, it was clear to the majority of people inside the i2i Stadium that the winger had fell over and had not been touched.
James Day took the penalty and found the net to give the home fan’s something to cheer about.
After the game, Moors manager Jason Ainsley said: “Every time we come to Tadcaster it’s red hot, I might come and live here! They dug in deep and sat back we didn’t really have the quality to break them down.
“I think we were always comfortable, but credit to Tadcaster as they worked really hard and stopped the transitions into the forwards and the midfield didn’t really get on the ball.
“It was a good workout as it’s given me a little bit more food for though for some players. It’s important that we get used to certain formations as we don’t want to become a one-trick pony.”
Spennymoor continue their pre-season schedule at Shildon on Tuesday evening.
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Tadcaster Albion FC||0||1||1||Loss|