Preview | Kettering Town (a) | National League North | 22/23

By Ben Lightfoot

Blyth Spartans travel to Latimer Park as they face Kettering Town in the National League North

The Spartans suffered defeat last time out as they were beaten 1-0 at home to Bradford (Park Avenue) on Tuesday night.


Tickets can be purchased at the gate, prices are as follows:

  • ADULTS (18 & Over): £15
  • CONCESSIONS (Over 60 & students): £10
  • YOUTH (Under 18): £2


Danny Barlow, Nathan Buddle, Alex Nicholson, Lewis McNall and Josh Gillies are all missing in what is a length injury list for Spartans.


The Poppies sit just one place above Blyth in the league table at 21st, with 12 points having won three of their 14 league games.

Kettering suffered defeat away at Farsley Celtic as they lost 2-0, with goals from Bobby Johnson and Tom Allan.


After a 1-0 defeat at Croft Park, Graham Fenton said: “It was a frustrating night, I know our supporters are as frustrated as we are.

“The first half we conceded a poor goal with their first attack of the game and that’s the way it’s going for us at the minute.

“Then we, in particularly the second half, we dominated possession and territory and just didn’t do anywhere near enough with it, so ultimately we talk about it a lot that games are won and lost in the box and it doesn’t matter what you do in-between the boxes.

“We were by far the better team in-between the boxes, but they’ve won the game in the two boxes  defending what they had to defend, which wasn’t good enough from our point of view and we didn’t defend one situation and they’ve won 1-0.


After their 2-0 defeat away from home against Farsley Celtic, manager Lee Glover said: “In our prematch talk, we’ve asked can we compete, can we get amongst them, and we did it! 

“But if you don’t take your chances then you’re always going to be under pressure.

“I’m now very worried about not being good enough in both boxes – we’re not ruthless enough.”


The last time the sides faced off was in February when Kettering beat Blyth 2-1 at Croft Park as Robbie Dale’s equaliser wasn’t enough to secure a point.

In the reverse fixture at  Park, the Poppies won 4-0 after a brace from Connor Kennedy and goals from Callum Powell and Gerry McDonnagh.


Unfortunately, there will be no coverage of Blyth Live on Saturday.

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

Posted by Ben Lightfoot