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Spennymoor Town completed a memorable 3-0 victory over York City at the Brewery Field thanks to a goal from Stephen Brogan and a Glen Taylor brace to keep pace with the league’s top sides.
Stephen Brogan opened the scoring after winning possession on the edge of the Minstermen’s box and finishing smartly, before Glen Taylor’s razor-sharp reactions saw him head home a rebound from seven yards.
The scoring was then completed minutes from full time as Taylor finished off a powerful Spennymoor break.
Jason Ainsley made two changes from the side which drew 0-0 with Curzon Ashton on Saturday, recalling captain James Curtis to replace Rob Atkinson and Andrew Johnson in place of Shaun Tuton.
York started firmly on the front foot, with a big early chance for Wesley York when he was slid through on goal. Matt Gould was quickly off his line to deny the lively City attacker.
York continued to be a menace when he found space on the edge of the area on eight minutes and chipped a cheeky effort just over and onto the roof of the net.
Spennymoor had a penalty shout waved away on 16 minutes when a Robert Ramshaw break away found Mark Anderson inside the area. He turned away from former Moors defender Kallum Griffiths and went down under the right back’s challenge, but Mr Brown was not interested.
Moments later and Moors took the lead through an unlikely source. Wesley York lost out to Stephen Brogan on the edge of his own penalty area and the left-back punished the visitors emphatically with a placed finish into the bottom right corner with his unfavoured right boot.
Spennymoor were buoyed and created another good opportunity when Ramshaw’s fizzed delivery from the right just evaded the arriving Andrew Johnson.
York thought they had equalised when Sean Newton fed Macaulay Langstaff to finish underneath Gould, but they were denied by the assistant’s offside flag.
Moors stretched their lead through top scorer Taylor from a wicked Brogan free kick into the area. Anderson hit an unmarked first-time volley straight at Adam Bartlett and Taylor showed his strikers instinct to stoop and nod home the rebound.
The second half started in dramatic fashion. Firstly James Curtis looked to have picked up a bad injury, forcing him off for treatment. In the meantime, a long throw saw half-time substitute Jon Parkin smash the ball goalwards, striking Kris Thackray on the midriff to a chorus of York penalty appeals. Again, Mr Brown was unmoved.
Anderson then sprung into life on the left of the York area, thrashing a left-foot piledriver off the top of the crossbar.
Shane Henry then had a go at out-doing his midfield colleague on 15 minutes, crashing a shot against the foot of the post from 25 yards.
York had another goal ruled out on 69 minutes as a deep Griffiths ball was headed home by Hamza Bencherif, but not before he’d climbed all over Jamie Chandler.
Then it was York’s turn to hit the woodwork on 76 minutes as a well-hit Josh Law free kick smashed off the face of the cross-bar and Adriano Moke fired the rebound wide from 20 yards.
That proved to be York’s last effort of note and it was left up to Glen Taylor to put the icing on the cake for a deserved Spennymoor victory. Adam Boyes completely out-muscled Bencherif in the York area, before reversing a lovely pass for Taylor to slam into the roof of the net from 12 yards.
A significant victory for Moors both in score-line and the league table with leaders Chorley losing to Stockport.
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