Preview | Hartlepool United (H)

12th September 2020

BY Stephen Burton Blyth Spartans perhaps face their toughest test of pre-season as they welcome National League side Hartlepool United to Croft Park behind closed doors today. Due to last weekend’s postponement, Spartans have gone 11 days without a game and no doubt boss Michael Nelson will be eager to see his side build their fitness for the upcoming season. Pools go into the clash fresh – or perhaps not…


Preview | South Shields (A)

4th September 2020

BY Stephen Burton Blyth Spartans face a tough test on Saturday as they face Northern Premier League side South Shields at 1st Cloud Arena. Spartans’ last outing saw then slip to a narrow 3-2 defeat against Morpeth Town, in an entertaining game at Croft Park. The visitors surged to a three goal lead within 20 minutes, but despite goals from Olly Scott and Panos, Spartans couldn’t quite complete the comeback….


Preview | Morpeth Town (H)

1st September 2020

BY Stephen Burton Blyth Spartans host Morpeth Town on Tuesday, in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Croft Park (KO 7:30PM). A strong first half showing helped Spartans on their way to a 2-1 win away to Dunston UTS on Friday night, with Panos and Corey McKeown getting on the scoresheet. Boss Michael Nelson once again featured a number of trialists, and it was a chance to see Simon Heslop for the…


Preview | Dunston UTS (A)

27th August 2020

BY Niall Bromley Blyth Spartans travel to Dunston UTS on Friday evening – their second friendly in just three days (KO: 7:45PM) Spartans opened up their pre-season campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Hebburn Town on Tuesday, though handed opportunities to a number of trialists.  And tomorrow’s trip to the UTS Stadium will give boss Michael Nelson the chance to assess those players further as he looks to build his…


Preview | Hebburn Town (A)

24th August 2020

BY Liam O’Brien Blyth Spartans are back in action for the first time since March – travelling to Hebburn Town in their opening game of pre-season on Tuesday (KO: 7:30PM).  Michael Nelson will take charge of his first match as permanent Spartans boss at the Green Energy Sports Ground following his solitary game as caretaker boss away at Brackley Town. Nelson has endured an unprecedented start to his first managerial…


Preview | Alfreton will be a ‘great barometer’ says Clark

22nd November 2019

Blyth Spartans manager Lee Clark says Saturday’s FA Trophy clash with Alfreton Town will be a “great barometer” to see how far his team have come since the start of the season.  Clark’s men begin their FA Trophy campaign at home to their National League North counterparts, having already faced The Reds this campaign.  During Clark’s second game in-charge, Spartans were beaten comfortably by Alfreton at the Impact Arena, however…


Preview | Spartans visit familiar faces

4th September 2019

BY Liam O’Brien Blyth Spartans travel to Blackwell Meadows tonight to face Darlington. Both sides suffered 2-0 defeats away from home in their last games with Spartans losing to Leamington and Darlington losing to King’s Lynn Town. When these sides met at Blackwell Meadows last season, it was a 1-1 draw and it could well be a similar scoreline with both teams struggling for form this season. Key details The…


Preview | Blyth Spartans vs Guiseley AFC

25th August 2019

BY Liam O’Brien Blyth Spartans welcome Guiseley to Croft Park on Bank Holiday Monday in their fourth home game of the season. Lee Clark collected his first point(s) as Spartans manager in a 0-0 draw at Bradford (Park Avenue) on Saturday and hopes it will act as a building block in the club’s difficult start to the campaign. But Marcus Bignot and Russ O’Neill’s Guiseley provide another tough test for…


Match Preview | Hereford

By Stephen Burton Blyth Spartans take on Hereford at Croft Park this Saturday as Lee Clark’s side look to win their first points of the campaign. Spartans currently find themselves at the foot of the fledging National League North table after Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat at home to early pacesetters York City. The hosts will be hoping for a better outcome than when the sides met at Croft Park last…

16th August 2019

Preview | Blyth Spartans v York City

12th August 2019

By Liam O’Brien Blyth Spartans face the difficult task of welcoming National League North promotion favourites York City to Croft Park on Tuesday night. Lee Clark’s side remains in search of their first points of the season after their opening two games ended in defeats to Gloucester City and Alfreton Town, respectively. And the fixture list gets no easier for Clark and co, with the full-time Ministermen tipped to return to non-league’s…