Preview | AFC Fylde (h) | National League North | 21/22

By Ben Lightfoot

Blyth Spartans will be looking for their first home win in three games as they welcome AFC Flyde to Croft Park.

Terry Mitchell’s side had an evening to remember as they ended their winless run in a 3-2 victory away at Southport, with JJ O’Donnell’s wonder goal and Lewis McNall back on the score sheet.

TICKET INFORMATION

  • Tickets can be purchased in advance via our online system.
  • If you do not have online access, you can purchase your ticket by ringing the club office on 01670 352373 and paying with a debit or credit card. Your ticket can then be collected from the social club on match day.
  • We will operate a cash turnstile. However, we strongly encourage you to purchase your ticket in advance.
  • Tickets purchased in advance must be printed or stored on your phone. Without proof of ticket, you will not be permitted into Croft Park.
  • Advanced tickets can be bought up until 2pm on a matchday.
  • Should you wish to sit in the Port of Blyth Stand, you should purchase in advance.

TEAM NEWS

Connor Thompson came off early during the last game and will be assessed before Saturday’s game, is our only new injury update.

MILESTONE

Also, new signing from Whickham, Dan Barlow, could make his home debut for Spartans debut after signing on Tuesday.

OPPOSITION

The Coasters sit fourth in the National League North table as they are aiming to stay within the playoffs by the end of the season, but one win in their last six games may cause a challenge.

AFC Fylde manager, Jim Bentley saw his side lose 2-1 to Darlington in their last match.

WHAT WE’RE SAYING

Speaking after the win against Southport, manager Terry Michell said: “We really look forward to that one, Flyde was my first game and they are a very good team, one of the best teams that I have seen against us this season.

“It will be interesting to see how far we’ve come since my first game in charge and for the fans tonight it’s outstanding for the fans to travel midweek down to Southport. I’ve got to say well done to everyone.”

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

After the defeat against Darlington, Bentley feels his team need to find a win to bounce back: ”We need a response, we need a reaction, we have lost too many games of late. I’m under pressure and rightly so, so I’ll come out fighting and my players need to do exactly the same. 

“Hopefully, we can go to Blyth and get a result at the weekend and get back on track and embrace the challenges that lie ahead, there is a lot of football to be placed, but at the minute we’re not good enough.”

LAST TIME WE MET

The sides met in December, in what was a 4-1 defeat for Blyth away at Mill Farm when JJ O’Donnell’s late penalty was our only goal.

Prior to the game in December, the last time the two clubs faced each other was in April 2014 in the Northern Premier League where Flyde won 5-1.

Their last meeting at Croft Park was in March 2014 where Spartans managed a 1-1 draw, which is their only ever league point won when facing Flyde.

MEDIA COVERAGE

Join Niall Bromley and Phil Castiaux on Blyth Live from 2:45

Alternatively, you can follow the game via our social media platforms.

Posted by Stephen Burton