Preview | Marske United FC (H) | Pre-Season Friendly | 2023/24

Following our valiant effort on Saturday afternoon at Croft Park, we host Marske United on Tuesday night under the lights for a 7:30pm kick-off.

The Spartans managed to hold Vanarama National League outfit Hartlepool United to an entertaining goalless draw in a game which saw both teams come close to breaking the deadlock.


You can buy tickets with cash or card payments at our turnstiles on the day. All ticket information is as follows:

  • Adults – £8 standing
  • Concessions (over 65) – £4
  • 11-16 Years & Students – £4
  • Under-10s are admitted for free when accompanied by a paying adult.


Alex Mitchell, Rhys Evans and JJ O’Donnell are all expected to be absent from Graham Fenton’s side. It may be too soon for new signing Lewis Knight to make his Spartans debut – he could be in contention to feature against Whitby Town on Friday night at Croft Park.


Following a stalemate draw against Hartlepool, Graham Fenton said: “It was a really good workout for both teams really. We know they’re going to be strong this year and I said to the lads I’d be really surprised if they’re not top six in the league above us.

“It is really impressive when you look across the board where we have got people missing and people injured, they kind of made a lot of changes and had fresh legs and they’re obviously full-time. We had a few people missing, like I say and not only that we had a lot of inexperience, a few trialists and a few people playing out of position.

“I know we conceded a couple of clear-cut chances and maybe they should have scored, but to keep a clean sheet against them is really impressive.”

Watch the full interview here


The Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division side Marske United finished in sixteenth position last season after picking up seven points in the space of the five final days of the campaign against fellow relegation-battling sides Stalybridge Celtic, Nantwich Town and Liversedge to ensure their Step 3 status remained intact.

In the Seasiders’ pre-season so far, they have won one of four games; which was their first pre-season friendly as they won 5-4 on penalties in the John Butterfield Memorial Trophy. Most recently they suffered a 3-2 defeat at home to Darlington.


The sides last met in 2020 in an FA Cup Third Qualifying Round match at Mount Pleasant Stadium where Blyth suffered a 1-0 defeat as Adam Boyes’ goal just before the hour mark knocked Spartans out of the competition.

Blyth, however, won the previous meeting between before this back in 2018, again in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round, as Dan Magure scored a hat-trick and Robbie Dale bagged one in a 4-1 victory.


The catering trialling section situated between the Port of Blyth main stand and the Clubhouse will be in operation once again on Tuesday night.

  • £2.50 for pies
  • £3 for sandwiches
  • £1 for crisps and chocolate
  • £1.50 for tea and coffee

More information on developments will be communicated soon about our plans going forward.


You can follow all of the action on Tuesday night via our social media platforms as well as live coverage on Blyth Live.

Posted by Ben Lightfoot