Preview | Hereford (a) | National League North | 22/23

Blyth Spartans resume National League North action as they travel to Edgar Street to face Hereford FC.

Last weekend the Spartans advanced to the FA Cup third qualifying round as they won 2-0 at home against Guiseley. Blyth was drawn away to Chorley and are scheduled to play at Victory Park on October 1st.


All ticket information for Saturday’s match can be viewed here.


Danny Barlow suffered a shoulder injury against Guiseley while Toby Lees is still out as he continues his recovery from a fractured cheekbone.


Hereford currently sits 16th in the National League North table, just one position above Blyth, as both teams have eight points from their first eight games. The Bulls currently have a better goal difference at minus three, as opposed to the Spartan’s minus five.

In their last game, Hereford won 1-0 in the FA Cup second qualifying round against Bromsgrove Sporting, with Ryan McLean on the scoresheet.


Following the winning performance in the FA Cup, Graham Fenton said: “Yeah I’m really happy with the result first and foremost, but lots and lots of performance as well, definitely better than Tuesday’s performance. 

“I thought there was a lot more positivity, lots more forward passing, so big strides forward and maybe on another day, we could have scored a couple of more goals as well.”


After their FA Cup victory manager, Josh Gowling said: “It was good to be able to make progress in the competition. I would describe it as a professional performance where our concentration levels were excellent throughout to restrict our opponents to very few opportunities, whilst at the other end, we were able to get into some good areas without being clinical enough.

“We’ve got to take this on now and be able to propel ourselves forward. I want to see us kick-on and with two home League games coming up in quick succession, it’s an opportunity to make home advantage count and get points on the board.”


Hereford did the double over Blyth last season as the Spartans lost 4-1 at Croft Park and 2-0 at Edgar Street.

Blyth Spartans have never managed to beat Hereford in all six games the two have played against each other in the National League North.


Unfortunately, there will be no Blyth Live on Saturday, however you can tune in to Radio Hereford FC for full match commentary.

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

Posted by Ben Lightfoot