Taylor’s last gasp winner dents Chorley’s title hopes

Glen Taylor heads past the despairing dive of Chorley’s Matt Urwin to notch his 30th goal of the season. Image: Spennymoor TV.

Glen Taylor’s last gasp header sealed a deserved victory for Moors to keep hopes of a third-place play-off finish alive, and in the process, heavily dented Chorley’s bid to win the league title.

Spennymoor created the stronger openings and chances throughout a dramatic contest, with Stephen Brogan and Taylor striking the post, while Ryan Hall had a close-range effort charged down by Matt Urwin.

However, Chorley could have claimed a much-needed win when Kris Thackray fouled Marcus Carver in the penalty area, but Matt Gould made a crucial save from Adam Blakeman’s resulting spot kick.

Moors went into the game looking to apply pressure onto Brackley for third place, while Chorley knew a win, combined with Stockport dropping points at home to Curzon Ashton, could land them the league title.

Rob Ramshaw opened the chance tally early on, taking a shot from 25 yards out with Chorley keeper Urwin diving to the ground and pushing the ball out for a corner.

Alex Newby then struck a sweet volley, but Gould was equal to it.

Chorley were guilty of being clumsy at the back on several occasions, with Magpies defender Courtney Meppen-Walters giving the ball away to Ryan Hall whose attempt was saved.

A ball into the box from Ramshaw was then headed back across goal by Taylor, but good defending from Scott Leather stopped a certain goal.

On the half hour, Urwin made a great save from Taylor and Brogan hit the post from the rebound.

Moors’ pressure levels increased in the second half and, as while chances started to mount up, it felt as if the elusive goal was unlikely to arrive when Taylor struck an audacious overhead kick from outside the box against the woodwork.

After surviving waves of Moors pressure, the referee gave a penalty to Chorley after Thackray caught Carver inside the area, but Blakeman’s effort was too central and Gould claimed his fourth penalty save of the season.

With the game entering its final seconds, Brogan’s inswinging corner was met by Taylor who nodded past Urwin for his 30th goal of the season, giving Moors a crucial victory and breaking Chorley hearts.

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