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

By Ben Lightfoot

Blyth Spartans host Kettering Town at Croft Park in the National League North.

Last Saturday the Spartans were held to a 1-1 draw with Peterborough Sports after Cedric Main’s opener was cancelled out by Josh McCullon’s equaliser.


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Spartans are without long-term absentees Nathan Buddle and Lewis McNall. JJ O’Donnell remains out, but Michael Richardson is closing in on a return. Michael Spellman is suspended following his red card last weekend.


The Poppies fought to a 0-0 draw on Tuesday night at Latimer Park against league leaders AFC Fylde.

Kettering has had a good spell of form as of late losing just one of their last eight games, however, they have suffered four draws in that run placing them 18th in the league table.


After a 1-1 draw with Peterborough last week, Graham Fenton said: “There were lots of good stuff, in the first half particularly.

“We fully deserved to go ahead, disappointing that we couldn’t turn that into two or three to be honest as we had so many good situations, we could have got in behind their back line a lot more because of them holding a high line, so that was disappointing to not go more than one up. 

“And we had to grind it out in the second half, down to 10 men for what shouldn’t have been either a yellow card in my opinion, but what can you do, you just have to get on with it and put up with that.


Following a goalless draw against top of the league, Lee Glover said: “I think that is what optimises what we have been doing for the last couple of months.

“We have developed resilience, we have slowly developed a bit of game management. I was disappointed with certain aspects tonight, but I said to the lads, knowing myself and the staff, the club and the supporters, we can’t fault the performance the platters have given us.

“And I said if yous maintain that I think we will climb the league in the second half of the season and take more points and performances like that will be okay.


In October at Latimer Park, the sides met as Blyth lost 4-2 in a game that saw Rio Joisce score his first senior goal for Blyth.

At Croft Park, last season Kettering managed to seal a victory after goals from Callum Stead and Jordan Crawford.


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Posted by Ben Lightfoot