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The Magpies were done at the death by the head of the league’s top scorer Glen Taylor after a battling afternoon in County Durham.
Spennymoor made three changes to the team that beat York City on Good Friday with Kris Thackray, Ryan Hall & Lewis Hawkins starting. Chorley were unchanged.
Spennymoor: Gould, Williams (Hibbs, 46′), Brogan, Chandler (c), Harrison, Thackray, Hall, Henry, Taylor, Ramshaw, Hawkins (Diamond, 75′). Subs not used: Elliott, Boyes, King.
Chorley: Urwin; Challoner, Blakeman, Teague (c) (Jordan, 75′), Leather, Meppen-Walter, A.Newby, Cottrell, Carver, Wilson (Almond, 85′) E.Newby (O’Keefe, 66′). Subs not used: Whitham, Anson.
The first half of the first half belonged to the hosts, who should have been two goals to the good. Numerous corners came and went before Rob Ramshaw had Matt Urwin at full stretch to keep out his stinging 30-yard drive.
Further half chances for Ryan Hall and Lewis Hawkins came and went before Chorley used a number of lives to keep the scores level. A first effort by Ramshaw was blocked, the rebound by Moors’ top scorer Glen Taylor was brilliant kept out by Urwin, before Stephen Brogan’s effort hit the post allowing Andy Teague to clear the danger.
Kicking up the the considerable bank The Magpies walked their way into the match and created a couple of chances. Alex Newby was teed up by Marcus Carver but Matt Gould was equal to the shot, then Adam Blakeman’s driven cross was headed back by Teague only for the home defence to get in the way.
Chorley started the second half well, with Wilson heading a Blakeman free kick just wide. The hosts were always a threat, however, and after Ryan Hall had forced Urwin into a brilliant block, Taylor acrobatically hit the post.
Then, with the result in the balance, Carver went down under a Kris Thackray challenge, ref Tom Parsons pointed to spot, and Blakeman’s low strike was palmed away by Gould.
It still looked almost insignificant in the ground scheme of things, until in the last minute of stoppage time, Stephen Brogan finally found a Moors’ head with a corner and the game was done.
HT 0-0 / FT 1-0
Goals: Taylor (90’+4)
Cautions: Hall (89′)
Referee: Tom Parsons
Assistants: B.Wyatt & J.Urwin
Next Up: It’s the final day of the season where we welcome Bradford (Park Avenue) to Victory Park this Saturday (3pm). Admission is pay-on-the-day £12 adults, £9 over-60s/NHS/first responders/armed services, £7 students, £5 12-16s & FREE accompanied under-12s.