ALL’S WELL AGAIN AS FISHER HITS A DOUBLE
SPENNYMOOR Town bounced back from their shock defeat at bottom club Corby Town with an impressive win at the Brewery Field.
The Moors, the league’s leading scorers, have been impressive on home soil this season and scored twice in each half here.
For visitors Hednesford, who have transferred leftback Cohen Bramall to Arsenal for a sizeable fee, it was a fifth-straight defeat.
It could have been different for the Pitmen had young striker Tony Clarke not missed a fourth-minute sitter, with Spennymoor ahead three minutes later.
Back in the game at 2-1 and kicking down the slope, a howler from goalkeeper Lloyd Ransome gifted the Moors a third goal. That floored the Midlanders and Nathan Fisher’s second of the game sealed a fully deserved win for Jason Ainsley’s side.
There was still time for Hednesford sub Vinny Mukendi to score his second header of the half in injury time – but that was too little, too late for the Pitmen.
“We let ourselves down badly at Corby. We weren’t
at the races and the minimum you want is effort and commitment," said Moors boss Ainsley.
“We got that here. It was a tough game against a decent side, but we always looked a threat and the two lads up front did very well.
“You have to keep the back door shut and it’s disappointing to concede two headed goals but it was a great result for us.”
Shane Henry headed home Kallum Griffiths’ cross to give Spennymoor an early lead, Joe Tait doubling the advantage with a 41st-minute penalty.
The lively Fisher had been fouled by Dan Brenan but the Pitmen were back in it when Mukendi headed home Dave McDermott’s 53rd-minute cross.
Ransome’s poor clearance, however, was punished by Fisher, who made it four from Taylor's cross before another Mukendi free header completed the scoring.
Disappointed Hednesford boss Paul Casey believed his side shot themselves in the foot against a strong Spennymoor outfit.
“We were right in the game at 2-1 and then a mistake by our goalkeeper has gifted Spennymoor a third goal and it killed us,” he said.
“We should have taken an early lead and I didn’t think it was a penalty.
“We were on top in the second half but let Spennymoor pull away – it’s frustrating.”
TOUGH TUSSLE: Spennymoor’s Shane Henry battles to shield the ball
HIGH FIVE: Spennymoor players show their delight after Joe Tait scores from the spot