Preview | Worksop Town FC (A) | Emirates FA Cup Third Qualifying Round Replay | 2023/24

Blyth Spartans will face a Tuesday night trip to Sandy Lane as they take on Worksop Town in an Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round replay tie.

On Saturday, the sides were held to a 1-1 draw even after the Spartans thought they had won it after JJ Hooper put the ball in the net after 75 minutes, but controversy sparked as the goal was disallowed.

The winners of Tuesday’s replay will welcome Boston United to their home ground on 14 October in the fourth qualifying round. 


Segregation will not be in place for travelling Spartans and tickets can only be purchased at the turnstiles upon arrival. All ticket information is as follows:

  • Adults (Aged 17 to 64): £13
  • Concessions (Aged over 65s): £9
  • Youth (Aged 12 to 16): £5
  • Under 11s free with a full-paying adult


Lewis Knight is still a few weeks away from making a return to action, however, Rhys Evans returned from his respective injury on Saturday afternoon having come on at half-time to play the remainder of the game and will be aiming to reestablish his starting role at right-back.

Billy Gordon is progressing well having been out of action since the opening game of the season; he trined pre-match with Spartans’ under-18s before the FA Youth Cup tie away to Hartlepool United and will be reintegrated back into first-team training in the near future.

Cedric Main was withdrawn against Worksop Town at Croft Park on Saturday with a knee injury and he is expected to be unavailable for Tuesday night’s trip to Nottinghamshire.


Following the draw against Worksop Town, Graham Fenton said: “As everybody probably said it was a game of two halves.

“We were a little bit flat, they obviously came and pressed us high to stop us playing and we didn’t kind of sort out or work out the situations well enough, although we did get through a few times and the quality wasn’t quite there in the first half.

“Whereas they played pretty well, they’ve got some very good players, quite a few of them have played a lot higher, so yeah the overriding thought is I’m delighted to get a replay after such an average performance in the first half, but you’ve got to give the lads credit second half.”

Graham Fenton’s post-match assessment of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Worksop Town


Worksop Town currently play in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division where they sit seventh in the league standings, most recently beating Matlock Town 2-0.

They entered the FA Cup in the first qualifying round, where they won 1-0 at home to Sheffield FC which allowed them to advance to the second qualifying round where they faced an away trip to Lincoln United, in what was a 3-0 victory for the Tigres.


After drawing 1-1 with Blyth at Croft Park, Craig Parry said: “I thought we played well, I thought we were extremely good first half.

“We started the second half, again I thought brightly, worthy of I think going ahead, they changed and from a goal, it took us quite a bit to get used to the shape changes that they made.

“I think overall a draw is a fair result, but actually from us, the performance for 60/70 minutes of the game I thought we played really well and probably in control of the game.”

Craig Parry’s post-match assessment of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Blyth Spartans


The sides last met in the Northern Premier League in April 2014 at Sandy Lane as the Tigres won 3-2, however, at the start of the season at Croft Park, the sides faced off in a 3-3 draw.

The Spartans’ last victory against Worksop Town was in April 2013 in the Northern Premier League as Blyth managed a 3-2 win, having lost 8-1 against Worksop Town earlier that season.


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Posted by Ben Lightfoot