Play off penalty heartache for Moors

Mark Anderson celebrates with the fans, but Chorley would go on to win the penalty shoot-out. Photo: Andrew Ferguson.

Spennymoor’s hopes of reaching the National League were dashed when Chorley won a tense penalty shoot out in the play off final at Victory Park last Sunday (12th May).

Moors, who came out on top on spot-kicks a week earlier at Brackley, showed heart to equalise through Glen Taylor moments after falling behind in extra time.

In a nail-biting shootout, it looked as if Spennymoor were on their way to the National League when Matt Gould stopped Chorley’s first two penalties.

Chorley keeper Matt Urwin also denied Taylor, before Mark Anderson gave Spennymoor the advantage.

Rob Ramshaw then saw his penalty saved, with the Magpies scoring their next four in succession.

Urwin proved to be the hero, as he was against Altrincham in Chorley’s semi-final, diving to deny Andrew Johnson and sparking a pitch invasion from the home fans.

Jason Ainsley had named the same side that outmanoeuvred Brackley Town in the semi-final, with Johnson replacing Kris Thackray on the bench.

A nervy ninety minutes saw the home side create the better chances, with Marcus Carver and Josh Wilson going close, but Ryan Hall also had several sights of goal which tested Urwin.

The first half of extra time was dominated by the home side, who took the lead when Blakeman’s corner found the head of defender Leather to nod home from close range.

But the game was levelled up just moments later when the prolific Taylor buried the rebound from an Anderson effort for his 32nd goal of the season.

After another tense second half of extra time, the game went to penalties, with Urwin proving the hero to deny Moors and send the home side into the National League.

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