BY Stephen Burton
Blyth Spartans are back in FA Cup action as they face a tricky trip to Northern Premier League side Marske United tonight.
The original tie was postponed 24 hours due to the rain, however it is hoped the game will go ahead at the second attempt.
Spartans will go into the Third Qualifying Round tie full of confidence after Paul Blackett’s last gasp equaliser earned a deserved draw in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against AFC Telford United.
In the last round, Blyth edged past local neighbours Whitley Bay in a 4-2 win at Hillheads – which included a hat-trick of penalties from skipper Simon Heslop.
Carl Jarret’s side have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season and remain unbeaten in all competitions, with nine wins in their opening 10 games.
Their FA Cup run so far makes formidable reading, in their four games so far they have scored 12 goals and conceded none.
The Seasiders last outing was a comprehensive 5-1 win over Trafford FC at Mount Pleasant, with Matty Tymon and Adam Wheatley bagging a brace each, before Curtis Round added a fifth.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Carl Jarrett, manager of Marske, said: “It’s a massive game for the club. We just want to carry on what we’re doing. It’ll be a tight game and we’re the underdogs because of the league status.
“But if we keep this good run going at home – the fans are in for a good game on Tuesday night.”
WHAT WE’RE SAYING
Speaking after Saturday’s draw, Connor Thomson said: “We’re over the moon – you always want to get the first point on the board as early as possible.
“It can be dreadful if you’re waiting and waiting but now it has given us a starting block to kick on now for the rest of the season.”
“We probably give them too much respect in the first-half but once we got at them in the second-half – we feel we can cause any team problems.
“We just need to kick on from that second-half performance now.”
LAST TIME WE MET
The sides last met a Croft Park in the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy in November 2018.
That match ended in a 4-1 win for Spartans and featured a hattrick from Dan Maguire as well as a historic goal for Robbie Dale, who netted his 198th Spartans goal to become the clubs second top all-time goalscorer.
We, on this occasion, are unable to provide a live stream from the encounter at Mount Pleasant.
However, we will be bringing you full live commentary via Blyth Live, which will go on air at 7:30pm and feature pre-match interviews.