Preview | Boston United (h) | National League North | 22/23

By Ben Lightfoot

Blyth Spartans host relegation rivals Boston United at Croft Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans five-game unbeaten run came to an end on Tuesday night as they suffered a 2-1 defeat away to Southport.


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Spartans remain without Nathan Buddle and Lewis McNall but otherwise there are no new injury concerns.


The Pilgrims also suffered defeat on Tuesday as they lost 2-1 to Spennymoor Town after Glen Taylor’s strike after 88 minutes denied Boston a point.

Ian Culverhouse’s side sit level on points with Farsley Celtic, on 38 points, who are in the relegation zone.


Following their first defeat in six games, Graham Fenton said: “It was a really good start, we looked dangerous, we looked like we could score goals tonight when we were on top in that first 20 minutes.

“It’s a little bit of a carbon copy of a lot of games this season where we are on top and don’t capitalise and then the opposition does get a bit of a lift knowing that they’re still in the game when they should maybe be a couple of goals down.

“So yeah not being ruthless at one end and then a crazy two or three minutes and again we’re talking about being solid, we know what their strengths are, they’re direct and put the ball in the box to test you which we dealt with pretty well in the first half.

“But the manner of the two goals is really disappointing, to the point of being disgusting to be quite honest, so yeah they haven’t had to do anything to score two goals yet we’ve had to work our socks off to go and score.”


After a disappointing end against Spennymoor, Ian Culverhouse said: “I feel sorry for the boys, a tremendous second half, really played on the front foot and gave it a real good go.

“I thought first half we were a little bit passive, especially in possession, a little bit loose in our passing, but I thought in the second half we really gave it a good game.”


At the Jakemans Community Stadium in November, Boston were victorious as Keenan Ferguson and a double from Jake Wright allowed the Pilgrims to win 3-0.

Last season at Croft Park, Blyth fell short once again as a Michael Liddle own goal in the first half separated the two sides.


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Posted by Ben Lightfoot