VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH
Venue: Croft Park, Plessey Road, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3JE
Date: Tuesday August 8
Kick Off: 7.45pm
Adults – £12 (£2 extra for the Port of Blyth stand)
Concessions – £6 (£2 extra for the Port of Blyth stand)
Blyth Spartans welcome former Football League side York City to Croft Park on Tuesday evening, in their first home game of the new Vanarama National League North season.
Spartans suffered defeat on the opening day of the season – as they left Alfreton Town empty-handed, with goals from Luke Shiels and Andre Johnson condemning them to a 2-0 defeat. Meanwhile, York City tasted defeat at home to AFC Telford United thanks to Matthew Barnes-Homer grabbing the winning goal.
There have only been two previous meetings between the clubs, with both coming in the FA Cup in the 1978/79 season. The first meeting ended in a 1-1 draw, with York winning the replay 5-3 at Croft Park after extra time.
Given their opening day blanks, both sides will be desperate to pick up their first points of the season.
RECENT FORM (League games)
Blyth Spartans – WDWWL
York City – WLDDL
IN THE OPPOSITION DUGOUT
Gary Mills – A former European Cup winner with Nottingham Forest in 1980, under the guidance of Brian Clough, Mills also appeared for Derby County and Leicester City. Mills was appointed City manager for the second time in October 2016, but was unable to keep the club in the National League.
Jon Parkin – The veteran journeyman striker re-joined York City in November 2016 and led the line impressively, bagging 16 goals. He also grabbed a goal in the FA Trophy victory over Macclesfield Town.
LAST TIME WE MET
Tuesday November 28 1978 – Blyth Spartans 3-5 York (A.E.T.) – FA Cup First Round replay
RECORD AGAINST OPPOSITION
Played – 2
Won – 0
Drew – 1
Lost – 1
Scored – 4
Conceded – 6