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Goals from defenders James Curtis and Scott Harrison and a late winner from Ryan Hall secured a play-off place on an afternoon of high drama at York City.
A header late in the first half from Curtis was cancelled out by former Moors loanee Alex Kempster, who struck back five minutes into the second half with a thunderous volley.
Moments later Curtis’ centre back partner Harrison got on the scoresheet when he hammered a shot into the roof of the net from close range after the ball fell to him from six yards.
Centre half Sean Newton met a Patrick McLaughlin corner and headed York City’s second equaliser in twenty-five minutes from time.
Hall, who replaced the stricken Mark Anderson after just ten minutes, was rewarded for a determined display when he calmly slotted a low shot past City keeper Ryan Whitley.
Spennymoor came into the game looking for one point to secure their play-off place, while York City were playing for pride with them safe from relegation but too far from the play-off race.
An early ball over the top from McLaughlin snuck past Moors’ captain Curtis and York’s skipper and number nine Macauley Langstaff put it wide.
Another ball in behind by Mclaughlin put Langstaff through, but Matt Gould rushed out and deflected his attempt strike wide.
Moors’ returnee Anderson, who made a positive impact from the bench against Brackley, went off with a suspected hamstring injury after 10 minutes, Hall slotting in on the right flank.
The pressure continued to come from the hosts when Langstaff was found again after a through ball from Josh Law, but the striker put it wide past Gould again.
David Ferguson came within inches of putting York ahead when he headed just wide of Gould’s post, which was living a charmed life.
York were made to pay for their lack of nous in front goal when Stephen Brogan’s floated corner found the head of Curtis who rose highest to net his second goal of the season.
That gave Moors the momentum heading into the break, but they were pegged back five minutes after interval when half time substitute Kempster volleyed a fizzing shot into the top left corner.
Moors’ response was instant, and after Rob Ramshaw was denied twice by Whitley, defender Harrison was alive in the area to fire high into the net for his first goal in a Spennymoor shirt.
An eventful afternoon for Curtis continued minutes later when he made a goal saving challenge on McLaughlin, resulting in a change of shirt and shorts following a cut on his head.
The collision eventually saw the captain forced off with concussion, and the defender’s inclusion in the final two games of the season now looks doubtful.
Against the run of play York City pegged back Moors again, with the impressive Newton bulleting a header past Gould from a corner.
A Moors side who had the chance to seal a play-off spot grabbed the elusive goal twelve minutes from time when Ramshaw threaded a perfect pass to Hall.
The winger kept his cool in front of the travelling Spennymoor fans to cap off a frantic game and move Moors’ on to 70 points for the campaign.
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