Spennymoor 3 Guiseley 2.

Spennymoor ended a run of six games without a win with a hard fought victory over Guiseley at the Brewery Field last night.

Moors caught their visitors cold by scoring twice in the opening minutes, but had to hold on against some strong pressure for victory in the second half.

Moors started the game with plenty of purpose, and scored twice inside the first eight minutes to settle their nerves.

They scored a morale-boosting goal in the fifth minute. Lewis Hawkins curled a corner over from the right into the near post where Shane Henry came in, completely unmarked, and headed past Guiseley keeper Marcus Dewhurst from a couple of yards.

And they gained a further boost on 8 minutes when Rob Ramshaw broke down the right hand side and squared the ball across the penalty area for Henry, playing at left back, to control and fire powerfully left footed past Dewhurst with the help of a deflection.

With their tails up, Moors went looking for a third, and Ryan Hall cut in from the left and had a shot blocked, and the same happened when Diamond tried his luck from the edge of the box.

Rob Ramshaw, back in the side after a two-match ban, also struck a right foot shot a couple of yards wide of the post.

But Guiseley pulled a goal back with virtually their first real attack of the game. Left winger Kaine Felix got to the bye line and pulled the ball back into the near post where it was cleared as far as Scott Garner, who blasted the ball past the helpless Mattie Gould in the Spennymoor goal.

Moors nearly went back up the other end and made it 3-1. Diamond, on loan from Sunderland, jinked past a couple of players and struck a low right foot shot that Dewhurst saved at full stretch.

However, the pace of Felix caused problems for Moors, and he gave two Moors defenders the slip up the left and raced into the box, but instead of squaring for a team mate, tried to score himself and Gould blocked his effort at his near post.

The game swung from end to end, and Moors went 3-1 up on 39 minutes. Glen Taylor, way out on the right, crossed deep to the far post, where Rob Ramshaw found half a yard of space, and managed to steer a header into the bottom right hand corner of the net just out of Dewhurst’s reach.

In the second half, Guiseley pushed another man up front and used two subs by the hour mark, but it was Moors who mainly threatened with long range shots by Ramshaw and Hawkins.

However, Guiseley got the lift they wanted on 70 minutes when they were awarded a free kick 30 yards out, and sub Will Hatfield struck a delightful right foot shot over the defensive wall and into the top corner.

The visitors kept going, and Gould pulled off a good reaction save from a shot on the turn by Michael Fowler.

Moors stayed strong at the back and made sure they didn’t make any mistakes, but in the sixth minute of stoppage time they had a huge scare when the ball dropped for Andy Halls, who crashed a shot against the crossbar.

Spennymoor: Gould, Williams, Henry, Chandler, Atkinson, Curtis, Hall, Hawkins, Taylor, Ramshaw (sub Harrison 90+5), Diamond (sub Boyes 76).

Subs: Elliott, Hibbs, Thackray.

Attendance 603.