BY Stephen Burton
Blyth Spartans’ pre-season preparations continue with a visit to the Daren Persson Stadium on Wednesday evening to take on Northern League Division One side North Shields.
Michael Nelson’s side, while getting some valuable minutes in the tank, produced an impressive performance against Middlesbrough U23s last time out after goals from Jordan Hickey and Karl Byrne helped secure a 2-1 win.
Kick-of time: 7:30pm
Admission prices: £4 adults/ £2 concessions (pay on the gate)
With their Northern League season kicking off in just under a fortnight, The Robins are well into their pre-season schedule.
After defeat in their opening game against Berwick Rangers, they’ve notched five straight wins, the most recent being a 4-1 win away at Bridlington Town.
WHAT WE’RE SAYING
Speaking after Saturday’s win over Boro game, Nelson told BSAFCTV: “It’s always nice to win games regardless of whether they’re friendlies or competitive games.
“It was important to get some minutes into the lads and get that match day feeling into them.”
“We’re trying to get them to be aggressive and play high without us being too open at the back. I think the second goal showed that.
“I was pleased with the lads who came on as well, I feel they gave a very good account of themselves.”
Hickey added: “That’s our first game, it gets the rustiness out of everyone.
“Hopefully we can go into Wednesday a little bit sharper, and we can start how we did today and continue that throughout the game.”
THE LAST TIME WE MET
Spartans last visited North Shields in a pre-season clash in July 2019 and emerged as 3-0 winners.
Dale Pearson scored twice with Scott Fenwick also getting on the scoresheet.
Our media team will provide live updates from the game.
The match will also be filmed with highlights to be uploaded to BSAFCTV.