VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH
Venue: Croft Park, Plessey Road, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3JE
Date: Tuesday 26th December 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
SCORE UPDATES / MATCH COMMENTARY
Blyth Spartans look to extend their winning run to 3 games as they welcome Spennymoor Town in the first of a festive double-header against The Moors.
Spartans were in action at York City on Saturday and left Bootham Crescent with all 3 points as a dominant display ended 3-2. Sean Reid slotted home the opener from the penalty spot after Robbie Dale was felled. The Minstermen equalised through their own penalty in somewhat dubious circumstances with Jon Parkin tucking home. Adam Wrightson then clipped home the second before Greg Rutherford put the Spartans 3-1 up. Jon Parkin then grabbed his second of the game in the closing stages.
Spennymoor Town were also in action as they welcomed FC United of Manchester to Brewery Field but were unable to claim all 3 points despite being in a strong position. Ryan Hall and Rob Ramshaw put the hosts ahead before Jordan Fagbola halved the deficit. Ryan Hall restored the 2 goal cushion before Glen Taylor added a 4th. United responded as Connor McCarthy made it 4-2 before Craig Lindfield added another in the 71st minute. The comeback was complete in the 75th minute as McCarthy grabbed his second to finish the scoring at 4-4.
Both sides know that 3 points will be massive in trying to close the gap to the teams above them. Blyth occupy 4th place and 3 points could take them within 1 point of Brackley Town and Spennymoor in 6th would go within 1 point of Blyth with a win.
Blyth Spartans – WWLWW
Spennymoor Town – WWLLD
IN THE OPPOSITION DUGOUT
Jason Ainsley – A former Spartan, Jason was appointed manager in the summer of 2007 and has now managed the club in over 500 games winning 13 trophies.
Glen Taylor – The former Spartan needs no introduction to fans as he returns to Croft Park with Spennymoor. Taylor was topscorer for The Moors last season and is currently leading the scoring charts again this term.