EVO-STIK NORTHERN PREMIER DIVISION
Venue: The Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium, Owen Street, Coalville, LE67 3DA
Date: Saturday January 7
Kick Off: 3pm
SCORE UPDATES / MATCH COMMENTARY
Blyth Spartans face a tricky task this weekend, against one of the form sides in the division – in the shape of Coalville Town. Blyth were victorious in their opening game of 2017 – as they came from behind to beat Workington by a score line of 3-2 – while Coalville haven’t played since Boxing Day, because their game at Rushall Olympic was called off.
Blyth bounced back from their Boxing Day disappointment with a battling victory over Workington. After a poor first half and trailing 1-0, Spartans responded in style – as a Dan Maguire hat-trick sealed the points, in a much improved second half performance.
Coalville will be looking to get back to winning ways themselves – after Barwell left the Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium with all three points last time out, despite a goal from Rory Coleman.
Blyth currently sit in fourth place in the Evo-Stik Premier League – trailing leaders Rushall by five points – but have three games in hand over all of the teams above them. Coalville currently occupy 16th position, with their recent form coinciding with a rise up the table.
The two sides met for the first time ever back on the opening day of this season, when Coalville left Croft Park empty handed – as a brace from Maguire and a header from Sean Reid helped Spartans to a 3-1 win. Massiah McDonald reply for Coalville acted as nothing more than a mere consolation.
Blyth’s new addition Jordan Laidler sits out the final game of his ban carried over from his time with Newton Aycliffe but – other than that – Spartans should have a full squad to choose from.
Coalville Town – WWWWL
Blyth Spartans – DLWLW
IN THE OPPOSITION DUGOUT
Tom Brookbanks – An experienced manager, who can list Carlton Town, Hucknall Town, Stamford AFC, Quorn and Loughborough Dynamo as his former clubs.
Massiah McDonald – The much-travelled striker is the joint-leading goalscorer for Coalville this season. McDonald also has two full caps for the Montserrat national team, after appearing in World Cup qualifiers against Curacao.
LAST TIME WE MET
RECORD AGAINST OPPOSITION
Played – 1
Won – 1
Lost – 0
Drew – 0
Scored – 3
Conceded – 1
Referee – Richard Prior
Assistants – Marks Groves & Craig Thompson