By Luke Duden
Blyth Spartans face a trip down to Northamptonshire for Saturday’s fixture against Brackley Town.
The Spartans earned a 1-1 draw against fourth placed Kidderminster Harriers at Croft Park last week.
Saturday’s match will be segregated. Tickets can be purchased online here. Brackley Town strongly encourage all fans to book their tickets in advance. Any supporters wanting to purchase tickets on the day can do so at the ticket office, however this will be card only.
Admission prices are as follows:
- Adults: £13
- Concessions (over 65s): £8
- U18s: £5
- U10s: £1
Dan Maguire and Jordan Hickey are doubts so will be assessed ahead of Saturday.
Brackley Town are currently in the midst of a two-horse title race with Gateshead, but the Saints trail by two points with three games to go.
Another impressive season has seen them earned a play-off spot for the sixth consecutive year.
The Northampton shire based side picked up a familiar three points on their trip up to Darlington last Saturday; having lost one in their last 20 in the league.
WHAT WE’RE SAYING
Speaking on the club’s battle to stay in the league after the 1-1 draw against Kidderminster, manager Terry Mitchell said:
“It’s in our own hands. I’ve said to the lads, all the way through ‘as long as it’s in your own hands, to get to your own destination, that’s all we want’
“At this moment in time, it’s still in our own hands. It will still be in our own hands next Monday, as well. As long as that continues, we’ll be fine.”
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
After the 1-0 win at Darlington, manager Kevin Wilkin said: “A fantastic win. It’s always a difficult place to come.
“Darlington still have a chance of making the play-offs. They weren’t going to make it easy for us.”
“The lads are disappointed about last weeks results, one point out of six, which says a lot about the standards we’ve been setting.”
LAST TIME WE MET
The sides last met at Croft Park in September, in a 0-0 which saw the Spartans put in a great defensive display.
Blyth last went to Saint James’ Park Brackley in December 2020. The match finished 2-1 to Brackley as both sides ended with ten-men.
A Shane Byrne penalty and Lee Ndlovu in the first half, either side of a goal by JJ O’Donnell, saw the Saints come out victorious.
Rhys Evans was given a second yellow in the 77th minute, while Reiss McNally got his marching orders in injury time.
Unfortunately there’ll be no Blyth Live for Saturday’s game, however Brackley will be providing their own radio coverage. A link will be posted to the clubs social media pages prior to kick-off.
You can also follow the match via our social media channels.