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Spennymoor Edge Out Brakes To Return To To Seventh

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Spennymoor Town took the final play-off spot off Stockport County on Thursday night after edging a hard-fought 1-0 win against a Leamington side who are in need of points at the other end of the Vanarama National League North table.

The kick-off had to delayed until 8.30 as the Leamington coach had been stuck in heavy traffic on their journey north, and they didn`t arrive at the Brewery Field in time for the scheduled kick-off time.

Once the game did get underway, the 635 crowd saw a scrappy opening 45 minutes with the Brakes just shading the half in terms of opportunities.

And 4 minutes into the second half, Moors were fortunate not to fall behind when Jack Edwards` dipping effort crashed back off the crossbar.

However, when the deadlock was broken, it was the home side who achieved it when Mark Anderson and Ryan Hall combined for the former to coolly slip the ball beyond Leamington `keeper Tony Breeden.

The Brakes had Connor Gudger carried off on a stretcher after a heavy collision in the build-up to the goal.

The visitors did come close to snatching a point in 7 minutes of stoppage time but Junior English and Edwards seemed to get in each other`s way and the ball hit the side netting.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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