Preview | King’s Lynn Town FC (H) | National League North | 2023/24

Blyth Spartans host King’s Lynn Town at Croft Park in the National League North on Saturday afternoon.

A young set of Spartans took to the field on Monday night in the Northumberland Senior Cup in a defeat by penalties against Newcastle Benfield in a valiant effort by everyone involved.


You can buy tickets with cash or card at the gate on the day or online here. All ticket information is as follows:

  • Adults – £15 standing
  • Concessions (over 65) – £9
  • 11-16 Years & Students – £6
  • Under-10s are admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

To be seated in the Port of Blyth main stand, an extra £2 cost will be incurred for each category. 


Jon Shaw made two additions to his squad on Friday evening in preparation for Saturday’s clash against King’s Lynn Town bringing in Malakai Reeve from EFL League 2 side Barrow AFC and Luke James from South Shields, both on loan until the end of the season.

The only injury concerns for Spartans are Michael Liddle and JJ O’Donnell.


After their last league match against Tamworth, Jon Shaw said: “The game was over within nine minutes and could have been less.

“The frustrating thing is as you well know and the fans well know I have spent all week with them. I walked into the changing room before and said on Friday, I don’t believe that we need to do loads for Saturday because the work has been done.

“You’ve trained to prepare for this game on Tuesday and Thursday, you’ve looked at video of Tamworth and know everything that they do, you’re going to have to whether those things and if you get those things right we have a chance of winning that game and within 45 seconds Alex has had to pull off an unbelievable save and within another two minutes the ball is in the back of our net.”

Jon Shaw’s post-match assessment of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Tamworth


The Linnets finished second in the National League North last season, however, this season they are currently one position above the relegation places, level on points with 21st-placed Darlington.

Adam Lakeland’s side have been in good form as of late as they are unbeaten in their last six fixtures winning three of them. Most recently they defeated South Shields 3-1 at The Walks.


Following a 3-1 victory over South Shields, Adam Lakeland said: “I thought the players were outstanding today.

“Tactically they were very organised, very disciplined against a very good footballing side and you know we obviously forced an error for the first goal, Jonny’s second was something we felt we could do with in the game.”

Adam Lakeland’s post-match assessment of Saturday’s 3-1 victory over South Shields


At The Walks in October, The Spartans drew 1-1 with King’s Lynn Town as Ben Stephens opened the scoring for the hosts, but Elliot Forbes equalised 20 minutes later as Blyth rescued a point.

Last season at Croft Park, the match finished a goalless draw as Spartans were fighting for safety, while King’s Lynn Town fought for promotion.


You can follow all of the action on Saturday afternoon via our social media platforms and BlythLive on Mixlr from 2:45 pm.

Posted by Ben Lightfoot