AFC Telford United 2 Spennymoor Town 2.

Spennymoor manager Jason Ainsley said that he was happy with a point even though they let a two-goal lead slip away at the New Buck’s Head on Saturday.

Moors looked on course for another impressive victory when they led 2-0 in the first half, but the Shropshire side came back to earn a point. At least though, Moors maintained their unbeaten record which now stretches to eleven league games, stretching back to the defeat at Gateshead in early September.

“For me, that’s a great point away from home, and seven points out of the last nine. I can’t argue with that,” said Ainsley.

“There were fine margins all over the park. We were always a threat, and that pleased me. We played a good part in what was a very good advert for the league.

“They started a bit better than us, but then we caught them on the counter-attack. We had one chance, and then won a penalty.

“We made it 2-0, but then they got back into it and scored again just after half time. We spoke at half time about starting the second half well, and being compact, but they went and scored.

“It was backs to the wall for a few minutes, but we regrouped and played some good stuff in the second half.

“We were under the cosh for a spell and they were always a threat, they got into some great positions. Telford aren’t a bad team; I can’t understand why they’re in the position which they’re in. They looked useful.

“But I would have taken a point before the game – we always seem to struggle to win games against Telford.”

James Roberts went really close with an effort early on, but then he was brought down by a defender in Moors’ next attack inside the area, and Glen Taylor scored from the spot.

Telford though tried to hit back, and Aaron Williams went close twice, before Moors went 2-0 up in the 24th minute.

A long clearance by Moors keeper Mattie Gould was helped on by Taylor to Roberts, who flicked the ball over the advancing keeper.

Telford nearly pulled a goal back straight away, but Jamie Chandler popped up on the line to deny Adam Walker.

The game went from end to end, and it was nearly 3-0 with a powerful header by Taylor from a corner, but keeper Matt Yates saved well, then Rob Ramshaw glanced a header wide from a right-wing cross.

Telford pulled a goal back a few minutes from half time, when Walker finished well from the edge of the box, and they nearly equalised just on half time, with a powerful shot by Matt Stenson that hit the underside of the bar.

Ainsley emphasised the need to keep the defence tight at the start of the second half, but Telford were level within two minutes, when Billy Sass-Davies headed in from a corner.

For a few minutes, Telford got on top and nearly scored again through Arlen Birch, but after that both sides cancelled each other out.

Moors have a free midweek now, in readiness for their long trip to Leamington in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy this Saturday.

Teams: Gould, Hibbs, Mason, Chandler, Buddle, Curtis, Roberts (sub Cogdon 75), Henry, Taylor, Ramshaw, McKenna (sub Ward 87) In the BetVictor NPL, leaders South Shields won 2-1 at Stafford to stay a point clear at the top of the table. Whitby fought back to draw 3-3 at third placed Basford, while Morpeth won 1-0 at Gainsborough.

The games involving Marske and Dunston in the North West Division were both postponed.