SPENNYMOOR TOWN 1-1 NANTWICH TOWN
Referee: Ms R Welch
A controversial equaliser denied Spennymoor Town a deserved win over fellow play-off rivals Nantwich Town as the heavyweights played out a 1-1 draw The Brewery Field.
A bumper 602 crowd watched Curtis Jones bundle home a 64th minute corner wrongly awarded by Referee Ms Welch to earn The Dabbers a share of the points, after Shane Henry had superbly fired The Moors into a seventh minute lead.
Moors had by far the better chances in the game and took an early lead through a scintillating strike from Shane Henry. He picked up Mark Anderson’s pass 20 yards out and smashed it into the top right hand corner in unstoppable fashion to send Moors on their way.
Graeme Armstrong perhaps should have doubled the lead when he escaped into the area minutes later, but he blazed over with just goalkeeper Daniel Gyollai to beat.
James Curtis then saw a header from Mark Anderson's cross held under the bar by Gyollai, and top scorer Glen Taylor hit a half volley which looped over the keeper but Ibou Touray headed off the line.
Kallum Griffiths fancied his chances of out-doing Henry and struck a 35 yard rifled shot which dipped inches past the far post. The pair exchanged a joke as the full back trotted back into position.
Nantwich's best chance of the half fell to Tom Peers, who wriggled away from Curtis but Moors ‘keeper Dan Lowson produced a stunning block to preserve the lead in a one-on-one situation.
The tempo slowed in the second half with Moors appearing content with their lead. But when Joel Stair sliced his shot wide in the 64th minute, the Referee awarded a corner. Despite strong Spennymoor protests, The Dabbers took full advantage and rubbed salt into the Moors wounds as Ben Harrison headed back across goal for Jones to poke home.
Despite this set back, it was Spennymoor who pushed on and looked most likely to clinch it as Curtis glanced a header wide, then Taylor turned quickly to drill a low shot inches past the far post.
Isaac Baldwin's teasing cross from the left saw Harrison head inches over his own bar. Then deep into stoppage time, Moors forced a number of set plays, hoping to put Griffiths and Anderson’s deadly set-pieces to good use. The latter fired a vicious free kick over the wall which Gyollai tipped over, and they almost grabbed a deserved winner when his deep delivery was met by the head of substitute Joe Tait, but his pull-back across goal just couldn't be forced home by Taylor on the line.
Nantwich celebrated a point at full time which certainly didn’t tell the full story of the game.
1 Dan LOWSON
2 Kallum GRIFFITHS
3 Chris MASON (c) (12 Joe TAIT)
4 Jamie CHANDLER
5 Isaac BALDWIN
6 James CURTIS
7 Rob RAMSHAW
8 Shane HENRY
9 Glen TAYLOR
10 Graeme ARMSTRONG (15 David DOWSON)
11 Mark ANDERSON
Subs Not Used:
Great Annual Savings MOtM: Jamie CHANDLER (Spennymoor Town)