A DRAMATIC stoppage time goal by Glen Taylor gave Spennymoor a deserved three points against the league leaders and put them firmly in the running for third place.

Moors are now just a point behind third placed Brackley in the race for a semi-final spot and a home game in the play offs, and much will depend on their away game at Curzon Ashton this Saturday, and Brackley’s home game with relegated FC United of Manchester.

And if they continue in this mood and maintain their momentum, then they will certainly make a big impression on the play offs.

Moors must have thought that their luck was against them in the game, with Chorley keeper Matt Urwin pulling off a couple of good saves, and two efforts cleared off the line.

Moors started the game well and went close after three minutes with a powerful shot by Rob Ramshaw that Chorley keeper Matt Urwin pushed away.

But Chorley replied when Adam Blakeman’s cross was nodded down by Josh Wilson for Alex Newby to have a good shot saved by Mattie Gould.

Moors had a good chance on 11 minutes when Ryan Hall charged down a clearance and ran into the box, but he fired straight at the keeper when he should have done better.

And there was another opening for Moors when Stephen Brogan crossed from the left, and Glen Taylor headed wide.

Chorley slowly got into the game, and Marcus Carver had a low effort saved by Gould.

However, Moors were left wondering how they hadn’t taken the lead before half time. First, Taylor nodded Ramshaw’s right-wing cross down, but neither Jamie Chandler nor Lewis Hawkins could get a touch, then Taylor forced a great save out of Urwin.

The ball was cleared as far as Brogan, who struck a powerful right foot shot that came back off the post.

Chorley nearly sneaked the lead just before half time when Newby cleverly flicked the ball towards goal from a Carver cross, and Gould saved well.

Chorley went close again soon after the break, when Blakeman curled over a free kick for Josh Wilson to head just wide of the post.

Moors went agonisingly close on the hour, when Hall’s pace took him away from the defence, and after Urwin partly saved his shot, Andy Teague managed to get back and clear the ball before it crossed the line.

Then they nearly capitalised on a mistake in the Chorley defence, this time Chandler getting away to cross for Taylor to fire wide. Hall then had another chance, courtesy of Ramshaw, but he was just off target.

And Moors were cursing their luck again on 76 minutes when Taylor hit the post, and the ball ran along the line before being cleared, with Taylor claiming the ball had gone over.

However, they then had Gould to thank for a great penalty stop on 80 minutes. Carver was brought down by Jake Thackray inside the area, but Gould guessed correctly to block Blakeman’s penalty.

The drama didn’t end there. Moors piled forward, looking for the winner, and in the fourth minute of stoppage time, the ball went to the unmarked Taylor to coolly head home to give Moors a deserved victory, with most of the big four figure crowd going crazy.

Gould, Williams (sub Hibbs 46), Thackray, Harrison, Brogan, Chandler, Ramshaw, Henry, Hall, Hawkins (sub Diamond 75), Taylor.

Subs: Elliott, King, Boyes.

Attendance 1261.