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Report: Ramshaw double continues Reds slump

Report: Ramshaw double continues Reds slump

By Amar Sharma
4 November
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Alfreton Town 0-2 Spennymoor Town

Rob Ramshaw struck in the first and second half to seal a comfortable win for in-form Spennymoor, as the Reds slump in winning form continues in tropical conditions on Saturday.

Ramshaw gave the Moors the lead when he planted a diving header past Charlie Andrew following a left wing cross by McKenna, before finishing well in the box past Charlie to wrap up another win for the visitors which sees them move level on points with the Reds.

The game was declared on following fantastic work from the Groundstaff to ensure the fixture would be played, despite heavy rainfall throughout the day. An impeccably observed minutes silence also greeted supporters prior to kick off as part of our Remembrance Day service.

Spennymoor started on the front foot with Dom Smith alert to head a cross away as the visitors dominated the ball and the territory. Smith had the Reds first sighter with a shot which went over the bar in the box.

Henry flicked a Moors near post corner which saw a deflection before Andrew held onto the next corner. Amari Morgan-Smith was then impeded there near the halfway line, Danny East took the free kick which saw Amari's shot blocked before the Moors cleared the resulting corner.

It was nearly a gift which almost gave Spennymoor the lead as a mix up between Andrew and Josh Thacker saw Roberts onto the loose ball but Charlie recovered well to block the shot in the box.

Amari then provided a brief moment of attacking prowess as he raced onto Bobby Johnson's pass before shaking off his man, into the box but his cross towards Danny Clarke and Conor Branson was cut out.

Then with 25 gone, Moors took the lead as McKenna crossed from the left onto Ramshaw who headed past Andrew who got a hand to the effort. Taylor then forced Charlie into another save from a free kick.

Clarke tested Gould who saved well before snatching at an effort in the box when well placed, which was the Reds best opening of the half in what proved to be a period where we lacked attacking bite throughout.

The second half saw us attempt to gain control, Amari's cross towards Thacker saw the midfielder fail to capitalise. Clarke then flicked a header onto the crossbar from East's cross, Spennymoor then were denied a second goal as Taylor's free kick from just outside the D was hammered against the bar and looked to have bounced over the line but the Referee decided against awarding the goal.

However five minutes later it was 2-0 when Ramshaw grabbed his second with a low finish in the box to give the Moors daylight and extended the lead. Alfreton were second best throughout, with loose balls all being picked up by the visitors and attacking moves far superior to ours.

Thacker fired over the bar from distance, Andrew then denied Robert's powerful effort. Substitute Nyle Blake saw a header cleared off the line after a scramble in the box but the Reds slipped to a third straight home league defeat as momentum has slowed in the race for the play-offs.

It was a below-par display with Spennymoor easing to victory, leaving Alfreton with yet more food for thought in the league as we look to wrestle back league form.

Next, we host Heanor Town in the DSC Third Round on Wednesday night with a 7.45pm kick off before travelling to Chester on Saturday with kick off at 3pm.

ATFCXI: Andrew, Clackstone, East, Lynch(c), Smith, Qualter, Thacker, Branson, Clarke (Tomlinson 63), Morgan-Smith, Johnson (Blake 56).

Subs Not Used: Unwin-Marris, Bacon, Bennett.

Referee: Edward Duckworth
Attendance: 412

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