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Non-league team refuse to play second half of friendly

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It was supposed to be a pre-season friendly, a chance to build match-fitness and try out tactics ahead of the new campaign.

But when Spennymoor Town felt their match with fellow non-leaguers Newton Aycliffe was taking an "aggressive direction", they refused to play the second half.

Spennymoor, of the Northern Premier League Premier Division - the seventh tier of English football - said in a statement