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

Blyth Spartans resume their Emirates FA Cup campaign in the third qualifying round as they host Worksop Town at Croft Park.

In their last outing in the FA Cup, Spartans defeated Bradford (Park Avenue) at the second time of asking as they won 3-1 after extra time in the replay match at the Horsfall Stadium.


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. 


Lewis Knight suffered a setback ahead of last weekend’s National League North fixture against Alfreton Town having aggravated his existing injury in the warm-up and will remain on the sidelines.

Rhys Evans is nearing closer to a return to action, however, it is uncertain as to whether he will play a part this weekend.


Following the defeat against Alfreton Town, Graham Fenton said: “In the first half, it was pretty even, although they did look dangerous when they sat deep and looked dangerous on the counter-attack and you have to deal with it whenever you play against Billy’s (Heath) team.

“And to be fair I think they have improved since last year. You’ve got to deal with throw-ins into the box, free-kicks, corners, crosses and obviously, we got done twice in the first half and they could’ve had another one against us as well.

“But on the flip side of the coin, I thought we played some okay stuff without being at our best or our sharpest.”

Graham Fenton’s post-match assessment of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat against Alfreton Town


Worksop Town currently ply their trade 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 Tigers.


After a 2-0 win over Matlock Town, Craig Parry said: “I thought the performance was good, the performance was more good defensively really.

“Obviously coming away from home to Radcliffe on Saturday and conceding four goals, we asked the team today to take pride in defending, defending right and I thought we were absolutely solid and overall I thought it was a good performance.”

Craig Parry’s post-match assessment of Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Matlock Town


The sides last met in the Northern Premier League in April 2014 at Sandy Lane as the Tigers 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.


A retro-feel FA Cup edition of Spartans will be on sale around the ground which is priced at £2.

  • My Matchday Role – Sarah Mattocks
  • Under-18s FA Youth Cup – the journey begins
  • Junior Spartans quiz page


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

Posted by Ben Lightfoot