Spennymoor’s Jamie Chandler has praised the “real team spirit and camaraderie” in their 7-1 mauling of Alfreton Town.

Town were stunned with their worst home defeat in their history – with striker Glen Taylor helping himself to a hat-trick.

Stephen Brogan, Shaun Tuton, Andrew Johnson, and Chandler added themselves to the scoresheet, but the latter had to be brought off after clattering harshly into the post to get the ball over the line.

“It was one of them where as I saw the ball looping in the air, there was always a chance there would be a collision with the ‘keeper,” Chandler said.

“Fortunately I beat him to the ball and passed it into the goal but unfortunately his momentum took me into the post.” 

The Moors were 3-0 up after 45 minutes before Reece Styche got one back for the visitors. Taylor was quick to recover the three-goal cushion however, and notched his brace almost immediately afterwards.

And the half-time break did little to take the wind out of Spennymoor’s sails, Taylor bagging his hat-trick and 14th goal of the season just 10 minutes after the restart.

Tuton took advantage of the monsoon conditions to latch onto a loose back pass and round goalkeeper Sam Ramsbottom for the Moors’ sixth, and Johnson finally put Alfreton out of their misery in the 85th minute with a close-range tap in from a rebounded shot.

Chandler now hopes the performance can carry forwards into the rest of the season to challenge for the top spot: “We are a confident group. I feel how we are as a group is being put into action on the pitch and I don’t see why, with the quality we have, we can’t challenge the top teams.

“Not only are the two strikers in great form but all our attacking players are chipping in and adding goals. Whoever plays in front of that front four or five we know are going to be a threat and cause teams problems.”

Spennymoor now sit fifth in the Vanarama National League North, and only five points behind leaders Bradford (Park Avenue).