Preview | Chorley (h) | National League North | 22/23

By Ben Lightfoot

Blyth Spartans face Chorley at Croft Park, which will be their first of three consecutive home games in quick succession.

The Spartans won their first league match away from home since 22nd November last time out as Sam Hodgson scored his first Blyth goal in a 1-0 win over Leamington.


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Nathan Buddle, Lewis McNall, Rhys Evans and Michael Richardson remain out, however Nicky Deverdics is set to return after a 3-match ban. Toby Lees will be assessed after he missed Saturday’s win at Leamington.


After 29 National League North matches this season Chorley currently are in the playoff places as they sit 7th on 43 points.

The Magpies are on a poor run of form as of late winning just one of their last five matches. Most recently Chorley lost 2-1 at home to 11th places Southport.


After Sam Hodgson’s penalty was the difference against Leamington, Sam Hodgson said: “We haven’t played that well. In terms of how the conditions suit the two teams, it suits them better.

“We had to dig in the first half and show resilience as they put the pressure on and to be fair they’re good up top, the big lad is a hand full and he had runners around him, so we had to stick in, certain parts of the game we did that and we showed the one moment of quality in the first half.

“Michael [Spellman] done ever so well to get through, I thought it was a harsh decision by the ref to send him off [Joe Clarke], I thought it was a penalty and a yellow card.

“But look we’ve got a bit of luck today that we need so there’s that, their keeper having to go off injured, sometimes you just need that little bit of luck and today we’ve had it.”


Following a 2-1 defeat at home to Southport, Andy Preece said: “Well, we’re all shaking our heads now. You know another game against Southport where we’ve managed to find a way to lose a game that we shouldn’t be losing.

“The crowd was fantastic, to get 1500 through the gate is something that we’ve needed, it’s fantastic, they’re getting behind the team and got behind us right till that last whistle and they must be shaking their heads.

“But it’s our own doing, it’s not something that Southport did you know, they changed their system slightly in the second half and we were so dominant but we were getting through that and it’s taking responsibility at set pieces and its as simple as that and it’s not got anything to do with tactics, its to do with desire.”


At Victory Park in August the sides endured a 1-1 as Lewis McNall’s 65th-minute equaliser recovered the Spartans a point after Connor Hall’s opener just after half-time.

However, at Croft Park last year the Spartans fell to a 2-0 defeat due to goals from Connor Hall and Millenic Alli.


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Posted by Ben Lightfoot