Blyth Spartans 7 Ossett Albion 1 (Match Reaction)

27th September 2009

Blyth Spartans thumped Ossett Albion 7-1 on Saturday in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup almost exactly ten years to the day since their previous seven goal haul. A convincing win – sure. A convincing score – certainly. A convincing performance – well not quite, that is according to Blyth manager Mick Tait. “It wasn’t an all-round great showing” he commented. “I said to the players afterwards to…


Gloucester City 3 Blyth Spartans 1 (Match Reaction)

Before Saturday’s game the Gloucester City manager David Mehew was quoted as saying that his side would beat visitors Blyth Spartans with a combination of fitness and desire. His prescience was impressive and Blyth boss Mick Tait, floored by his side’s mournful showing, had to agree although he added more reasons for the 3-1 defeat. And these he laid firmly at his own door. With a startling candour Tait said,…

21st September 2009

Blyth Spartans 2 Solihull Moors 0 (Match Reaction)

Blyth Spartans manager Mick Tait is continuing to make sweeping changes at the club. Defender Andrew Leeson who has played over 300 games for Blyth, and who scored against Shrewsbury Town in last season’s FA Cup run, has been released and looks likely to join former Spartans boss Harry Dunn at Whitby. In addition Tait has brought Craig Turns back to Croft Park as first choice goalkeeper in a move…

13th September 2009

Post Redditch United Review

Blyth Spartans won their first game of the season on Saturday with a team which reflected the quiet revolution which has taken place at Croft Park since the arrival of new manager Mick Tait in the summer. Only three of the outfield players who started the home game with Redditch United were regulars last season. Favouring a mixed passing game of long and short play Blyth are looking every bit…

16th August 2009

Post AFC Telford United Review

Despite a hugely impressive opening to the new season by his side Blyth manager Mick Tait wasn’t getting carried away. The Spartans earned a 1-1 draw at title favourites AFC Telford and although he conceded that Blyth could have won the game and, indeed were the side mostly likely to do so, he thought that the Bucks were the better side. Indeed he told their manager Rob Smith what a…

9th August 2009

Post Gainsborough Trinity Reaction

Time was ticking away quickly as Blyth Spartans went into Saturday’s game with Gainsborough Trinity. Relegation from the Blue Square North was still a possibility with only three games remaining. The Club has never been relegated in its entire history and the prospect of such an occurrence after this season’s hugely successful FA Cup run would make for cruel irony. With Blyth holding on to a precious point at the…

19th April 2009

Post Workington Reaction

On Easter Saturday Blyth striker Anthony Shandran pulled a rabbit out of the hat deftly turning the Workington defence before looking up and stroking the ball home with consummate ease. The goal gave Blyth three points against their Cumbrian hosts – their first away win in eight attempts. Considering last Thursday’s woeful performance at home to Droylsden, which the Spartans lost 2-0, Saturday’s single goal victory was somewhat surprising but…

12th April 2009

Post Vauxhall Motors Reaction

Blyth Spartans went in to Saturday’s game at home to Vauxhall Motors on the back of a decent run which has seen them claw their way up to fifth off bottom in the League and nearer to certain safety from the threat of relegation. But a hesitant performance which lacked any real cutting edge resulted in a 1-0 nil defeat and saw them drop back to fourth off bottom –…

5th April 2009